Considering the Ferrari 288 GTO came about in the mid 1980s, it was pretty far ahead of its time. That’s because it was the first Ferrari to feature a forced induction motor a la turbocharging. Although that’s not the direction Enzo and his team took after the GTO.


Fast forward to present day and now the California T and 488 GTB/Spider benefit from the use of turbocharging. Whether or not the full product portfolio goes turbocharged has yet to be seen but we wouldn’t be surprised. 


There’s only so many tricks that natural aspiration has left up its sleeve. 


That said, have you ever seen a 288 GTO driven aggressively? My guess would be “no,” given how production was quite limited. To see David Lee have a bit of a ball and give yourself a wake up call, check out the clip below.



Wake up, walk down to the garage, and hop in your Ferrari: if there was a 288 GTO a few paces away, wouldn’t it be more effective than caffeine? This is our new series, Morning Coffee, and it just had to kick off with a furiously turbocharged supercar that people recognize more from posters...but not after you see this.

The Ferrari 288 GTO was the company’s first real production engine to use turbocharging for outright performance, with byproducts including wastegate swooshes, flames spitting from the exhaust, and 400 horsepower. Lighter than the 308 series and utilizing advanced components like Kevlar in its construction, it’s a Group B car that simply was never able to compete in anger.

Too bad then, but not now: all 288 GTOs made are street-legal, and can be fired up in much less time than an espresso. Does your idea of a morning jolt have a Prancing Horse on its flanks?




VIDEO: Need A Jolt To Start Your Day? Try This Ferrari 288 GTO Tomorrow A.M.

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