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2019 Geneva Motor Show: New Ferrari 488 sports car teased

By Scott Newman, 28 Feb 2019 News

2019 Geneva Motor Show New Ferrari Teased news

Facelifted 488 set to make its public debut at Geneva Motor Show

A new Ferrari 488-based sports car will make its public debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Known by the code F142MFL, F142M being the 488 and FL meaning FaceLift, the as-yet unnamed updated 488 will feature significantly revised styling front and rear and a new interior to bring it in line with Ferrari’s more recent products such as the 812 Superfast, GTC4 Lusso and Portofino.

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It’s a last hurrah for Ferrari’s conventional mid-engined sports car range, a model line which dates back more than 40 years to the 308. Maranello’s next-generation of sports cars will split in two, with a more upmarket V8 hybrid – codenamed F173 – delivering LaFerrari-style performance and a cheaper V6-engined model aimed at delivering maximum driving enjoyment rather than out-and-out performance.

According to well-connected members of the FerrariChat community, the F142MFL’s name has a number followed by an Italian word. The steering wheel is from the 812 and there’s a new dash, which would allow Ferrari to install features like its passenger display and latest infotainment.

Mechanically it will close mirror the specification of the Pista, including the 530kW/770Nm 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 and the latest iteration of Ferrari’s dynamics systems, including adaptive dampers, electronically-controlled differential and Side Slip Control ESC. It’s not yet clear whether the 812’s all-wheel steering will be included.

The reveal of the F142MFL will be the first launch of what promises to be an extremely busy year for Maranello. Its all-new F173 performance king will appear in May, the F142MFL Spider in August and the 812 Spider in November.

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On top of this, a fifth model is rumoured to appear in July, but whether that’s the baby V6 sports car or the Purosangue not-an-SUV, we’ll have to wait and see. Stay tuned for full details of the F142MFL as we receive them.