This past weekend, Ferrari hosted the 2015 Finali Mondiali event at Italy’s Mugello Circuit. During the event, Giancarlo Fisichella, Oliver Beretta, and Andrea Bertolini unveiled the Ferrari 488 GT3 – the next Ferrari to compete in domestic and international GT championships. The Ferrari 488 GTE was also unveiled and will go on to race in the World Endurance Championship next year. Both cars will replace the current cars, which are based on the Ferrari 458, at the start of the 2016 motorsport season.

Fisichella, Berretta, and Bertolini were responsible for a majority the new GT3’s on-track testing, but they failed to give any real details of the car at its unveiling. Ferrari has also been quiet as far as specifications and performance numbers, so at this point, official specs are a bit of a mystery. What we do know is that the car will obviously stick to GT3 regulations, which means there will be a drop in horsepower from the road-going 488.

With that being said, let’s take a look at what we do know about the new 488 GT3, and what else it might bring to the table.

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  • 2016 Ferrari 488 GT3
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    2016
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    3 sec. (Est.)
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    205 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

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Naturally, the GT3 has a large, functional spoiler at the rear and a large, carbon fiber spoiler up front. The front hood has also been modified to provide additional downforce. The front fascia has been changed, with a rounded front grille as opposed to the pointed grille on its road-going sibling. Looking at the sides, the biggest change for the GT3 are the engine’s intake vents.

Naturally, the GT3 has a large, functional spoiler at the rear and a large, carbon fiber spoiler up front.

On the 488 GTB, the vents have a horizontal splitter in the middle, but the intake vents on the GT3 have a larger, vertical splitter. The side-view mirrors are all about business and don’t have the plastic trim like the GTB. To the rear, the fascia has been modified quite a bit. The rear diffuser has the same design characteristics as the diffuser on the 488 GTB, but the fins are more elongated and spaced farther apart. The exhaust pipes are located in the same place, but the area around them is wide open instead of having the inserts we saw on the 488 GTB. The rear fascia has been cut away at the corners and two small fins have been installed. This open area behind the rear tires, should allow air to flow freely from the wheels and help prevent drag.

Interior

We have yet to see any images of the interior, but to meet GT3 regulations, most creature comforts and electronics will be removed. Don’t expect anything more than the driver seat, roll cage, racing harness, and required electronics like a data logger, tool kit, and a brake balance adjuster. For GT3, drivers must be able to exit the vehicle in seven seconds from the driver side and nine seconds from the passenger side, so things like a passenger seat, center console and the like will not be a part of the interior.

Drivetrain

Again, no official details have been released by Ferrari, but the GT3 should be powered by the same twin-turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8 from the GTB. Don’t expect it to put out the same 659 horsepower, however, as that output will have to be governed to comply with GT3 regulations. I also suspect that 3.9-liter will be mounted to a sequential gearbox as opposed to the current seven-speed dual clutch unit.

Competition

2015 McLaren 650S GT3

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The 650S GT3 was built to replace the Mclaren 12C GT3 and so far has proved its worth. In the Total 24 Hours of Spa, both 650S GT3 models that raced finished within the top 10. The car is motivated by a 3.8-liter V-8 that puts out 493 horsepower. It has a 0-to-60 time of just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 207 mph. It carries a price tag of $560,000, which I think will be right in line with the price of the new Ferrari 488 GT3.

Read our full review on the 2015 McLaren 650S GT3 here.

2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R

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The GT3 R is now in its fourth racing generation since the unveiling of the current Type 991 generation of the 911. Basically, it is the ultimate track-focused 911. It runs with a 4.0-liter, flat-six engine that puts out 500 horsepower and has a 0-to-60 time of 4.4 seconds. Its top speed comes in at an estimated 186 mph. It comes at a price of €429,000, roughly $648,000 at current exchange rates. Granted the price is a bit higher than the McLaren 650S GT3 and what the Ferrari 488 GT3 will likely cost, but it is a competitor none the less.

Read our full review on the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R here.

Conclusion

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It’s really hard to draw a solid conclusion at this point, considering the 488 GT3 was just unveiled this last weekend and very few details have emerged. I think this new model will be a nice replacement for the current 458-based GT3 car, but that will really be determined when it makes its real debut on the track next year. We will bring you more details on the 488 GT3 as they emerge, so keep an eye out because there will be more to come.

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Press Release

The FXX K was presented at last year’s Finali Mondiali in Abu Dhabi. In 2015 at Mugello it was the turn of the 488, which was shown off in its GTE and GT3 versions. Celebrity endorser, Lapo Elkann, paid a visit to the Finali Mondiali on Friday, conducting the award ceremony for the winners of the Ferrari Challenge race and going for a spin as a passenger in an exclusive FXX K.

A car for Le Mans. "Gimmi" Bruni, Toni Vilander, James Calado and Davide Rigon removed the red cloth from the 488 GTE, the car that will race in next year’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) and that was presented in the AF Corse team race livery for next season.

GT racing weapon. Giancarlo Fisichella, Olivier Beretta and Andrea Bertolini, who did the lion’s share of testing, unveiled the GT3 version of the car that will compete in the main domestic and international GT championships. The major break with the 458 Italia is the turbo engine, which also appears on the production model of the car, 488 GTB.

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