Is the Ferrari 488 GTB’s successor headed to Geneva this coming March?

As is often the case, Ferrari doesn’t expect to have much of a presence at the 2019 North American International Auto Show this January. But two months later, in Geneva? That’s a completely different story. Information filtering through the FerrariChat forum puts the spotlight on the Italian automaker potentially having a number of debuts in Geneva, including the successor to the 488 GTB. None of the chatter is verified, but a number of members claim that the 488’s successor is coming sooner than later, possibly as soon as Geneva. The supercar’s timeline fits in with the claims as the 488 has been around since 2015 after replacing the 458 Italia. A four- to five-year run would be enough for the 488 GTB and would be enough for Ferrari to start thinking about what comes next after the model rides off into the sunset.

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There’s a lot of information being passed around in the FerrariChat forum, and while most of them are rumors or hearsay from people who know people who know people, it is interesting that Ferrari’s future models are coming together, one vague piece at a time. According to some members of the forum, Ferrari is working on a hybrid supercar that’s referred to as “Big Brother.” It is said to come with its own unique features, including a state-of-the-art hybrid engine. It will also launch after the arrival of the 488 successor. One user even claims that the Big Brother looks like “a proper spaceship.” Take that for what it’s worth.

Speaking of the successor to the 488 GTB, it does look like that model’s arriving sooner than later.

Much has been talked about the car ever since a handful of 488 prototypes were spotted in the wild doing test runs on the street and track. No one can still identify what it’s going to look like or what kind of setup it’s going to have, but one member of the group, ferr9000, claims with certainty that the 488 successor will make its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and that the hybrid version will follow that. How long that means is still a matter of speculation, as is most of these claims, to begin with.

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One other interesting tidbit comes from another member of the forum, jim g. According to him, Ferrari dealerships have been informed that Ferrari will show not just one 488 replacement in Geneva this coming March. “All dealer knows is that 488 replacements that’s plural according to email will be shown in March,” he says. The important word in his claim is “replacements,” which suggests that the 488 successor could spawn more than one version, each with its own different performance parameters.

Admittedly, the details are pretty confusing. Is it possible that the 488 GTB will get more than one successor?

Speculation from the same thread believes that Ferrari’s preparing a V-8 twin-turbo variant, an all-new model with a new platform and a hybridized V-6 twin-turbo engine, and a hybrid V-8 supercar.

If that ends up happening and we get more than we expect out of Ferrari, it would serve as a positive reflection of the automaker’s desire of continuing to push the envelope and give us products that are worthy of its name and badge.

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For all we know, Ferrari does have big plans for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

The good news is that the show doesn’t start for another three months. That should give Ferrari plenty of time to work out its plans for the event. Whether it brings one or more models isn’t important at this point. What’s important is that by March, Maranello has something new to show us. Don’t be surprised if it does have something up its sleeve. This is, after all, what everyone wants to see.

Further reading

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB.

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Read our full review on the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider.

2018 Ferrari 488 Pista Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista.

Ferrari Celebrates its 50th Drop-Top Model With The 488 Pista Spider Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider.

Source: Ferrari Chat

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