Ferrari 488 GTB
Ferrari’s latest one-off infuses a 488 with the
spirit of its turbocharged grandfather
Welcome to the latest one-off from Maranello, for when a normal Ferrari is far too affordable. The SP38 – which uses the chassis and running gear from a 488 GTB – was built for “one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers” who has a “deep passion for racing”. And very deep pockets.
Revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este car show on the shores of Lake Como, the SP38’s “general direction” was inspired by another twin-turbocharged Ferrari, the
F40 – whose influence, Ferrari says, can be seen in the rear wing, engine cover, four roundel rear lights and gorgeous five-spoke alloy wheels. The former “creates a suggestive frame surrounding the tail volume”, while the slatted engine cover is a clamshell-type arrangement in carbon fibre. Apart from the wing being 10 times too small and the cover being opaque, not clear Perspex, and the lack of triple exhausts, it’s a dead-ringer... The slimline front bumper, meanwhile, harks back to the 308 GTB, and we’re promised the “strongly tapered nose” and “muscular wheelarches” give the SP38 “potency and agility”. Overall, we’re fans.
We don’t know whether the new bodywork has had any effect on performance. But seeing as a regular 488 does 0–100kph in three seconds flat and runs on to 330kph thanks to its 3.9-litre, twin-turbo, 661bhp V8 and seven-speed DCT, the SP38 ought not to be slow... or cheap.
As always with Ferrari’s one-off creations, the subject of money is too crass to be discussed. TOM HARRISON
OTHER FEZZA ONE-OFFSWonder if Ferrari would build you a 488 that looked just like aMcLaren 720S? Too meta?