Ferrari to reveal 488 successor in Geneva?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
14 Dec 2018

We’ve seen a few 488-based concepts and prototypes recently, on the street and the track. Some reckon there will be a hybrid version of Maranello’s mid-engined sports car coming, while others suggest a new Dino is on the horizon. Whatever the case, it looks like we’ll find out at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The latest snippet of information comes from an online forum where users were discussing the replacement for the 488, which debuted back in 2015.

Model-specific details are murky, with one user saying that “any talk of hybrid, V6, upgrade or entirely new car is simply conjecture,” but adding that there will be more than one 488-related reveal.

That likely means that the new model will actually be a new family, with two or three cars at different performance points. If you believe the forum thread, there could be a hybrid V8 supercar, a V8 twin-turbo variant, or even an all-new 488 with a new platform and a hybridized V6 twin-turbo engine. Basically, the scene is set but there are no actors as yet.

Electrification is a good call, as there have been videos of a silent 488 lookalike running, and restrictive upcoming emissions regs make a hybrid more likely.

Geneva should answer all the Ferrari conundrums.

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