Speculatively sexy: Cavalino Design renders the Ferrari 488 GTB Speciale

Ferrari 488 GTB Speciale rendering
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Any time a new Ferrari is released, our insatiable minds wander to the potential of the range-topping Speciale.

Last week, with the unveiling of the bedroom poster known as the Ferrari 488 GTB, we were halfway there. Now, Cavalino Design has gotten us a bit closer with the speculative rendering of the 488 GTB Speciale.

Based off the sculpted styling of the 488 (which itself is an evolution of the 458), the digital imagining wears a tweaked front fascia with added venting and the iconic Speciale stripe. Aggressive side skirts and a rear lip spoiler adorn the car’s rear, as do the quad exhaust setup and modified diffuser out back.

Other additions include painted wheels and color-matched brake calipers.

If you missed the 488’s unveiling last week, let’s catch you up on the important figures. Despite its numerical moniker, the GTB is powered by a 3.9-liter V8 that houses two twin-scroll turbos. Total output is a whopping 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet, which bests the outgoing 458 Speciale by 63 hp and 162 torques.

That massive power grants a 3.0-second sprint to 60 mph, while 0 to 124 mph takes just 8.3 seconds. Hardcore Ferrari fans will be interested to know that the GTB lapped the automaker’s private Fiorano test track in just 1:23, only 3.0 seconds slower than LaFerrari and 1.9-seconds quicker than the famed Enzo.

The additional twin-turbo thrust obviously deserves a lot of credit for this, but the 488’s bodywork reportedly creates 50 percent more downforce than the 458 as well.

As for the Speciale? If and when it comes to fruition, it will undoubtedly be even more impressive.

The 488 GTB makes its in-the-metal debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.