Fer­rari 488 GTB

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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?

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