2019 Ferrari 488: Is It A Hybrid Type Too?

Jun 27, 2017 05:48 AM EDT | Gerone Trish

2019 KERS (HYBRID) powered Ferrari 488 Speciale/Scuderia spied testing at the Nürburgring

The 2019 Ferrari 488 spied in Nurburgring hints on a hybrid type model.
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A mysterious Ferrari mule has been spotted in Nurburgring recently. With its camouflaged, car analysts predict it might be the 2019 Ferrari 488 model. Speculations also claim that the new model could most likely be a hybrid type too.

The camouflaged model of the Ferrari prototype spied in Nurburgring is quite difficult to recognize. Reports say it could be the 488 Speciale / Scuderia that comes with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Still, others say it might be the first prototype of the Dino revival.

Considering the Ferrari 488 GTB, the mule appears to have a few slight variances. The front bumper carries new intakes at outer edges. The intakes on the side appear to be larger as well.

In addition, the engine cover is heavily camouflaged, which suggests a major revision is about to transpire under the hood. The new model is also expected to deliver about 700 hp as the current 488 GTB produces 660 hp with its 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.

Aside from the engine upgrade, the 2019 Ferrari 488 is speculated to sport improved aerodynamics. Reports also predict that it will take a new chassis as well.

Furthermore, the next-generation 488 has been rumored to carry the brand's "GTO" badge. The theory stems from the use of the same badge on the Ferrari 599 that was released in 2010.

With the speculated KERS feature of the spied 488, the new model is expected to run as a hybrid too, similar to the LaFerrari. This KERS-type hybrid system helps the engine by delivering torque fill at low revs and further provides a boost when the engine is at higher speed level.

Another report seems to confirm the new engine. Apparently, the revisions on the air intakes of the spied mysterious 488 would most likely point to the revision in the engine. The enlargement of the intakes is speculated to hint the additional cooling required by a new engine work.

Meanwhile, the report took note of the statement previously released by Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne via a conference call reportedly by Reuters. According to Marchionne, "All Ferraris sold from 2019 and beyond will include some hybrid elements." This statement seems to strengthen the hybrid theory of the upcoming 2019 Ferrari 488.

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