In 1982 at the Turin Motor Show Ferrari unveiled the 208 GTS Turbo, a model inspired by the Formula 1 technology. The car was into production from 1983 through to 1985, during which time 250 examples were produced.
The model was firstly unveiled as a coupe - 208 GTB Turbo - with no intention for a targa roof vwariant, but due to strong demand, Ferrari decided to also bring a spider version.
Like the coupe version, the 208 GTS Turbo was also designed by Pininfarina. It featured a deep front spoiler with a row of five horizontal cooling slots just below the radiator grille and the front lid featured a row of satin black finished louvres to increase airflow through the radiator, due to the higher temperatures created by the turbocharging of the engine.
A pair of electrically adjustable door mirrors was fitted as standard, there was a NACA duct on the lower body sides just in front of each rear wheel arch, and a spoiler was fitted to the rear of the roof between the buttresses that ran into the rear wings. The tail of the car featured a badge proclaiming “Turbo” and the twin paired exhaust pipes were within shrouds. Pirelli P 7 tyres on 16” rims were available as an option to the standard metric Michelin TRX tyres.
Under the hood there was a transversely mid-mounted aluminium V8 engine, in 90 degree configuration, with belt driven twin overhead camshafts per bank, having a total capacity of 1991cc. It delivered 220bhp at 7000rpm, and was mated to an all synchromesh five speed transmission assembly, which was below, and to the rear of the engine’s sump.