Ferrari is currently working on a GT3 version of the 488 GTB that will be ready in early 2017.

The information has been confirmed to Top Gear by a spokesman of the company, but details are relatively scarce at the moment. Our source claims the turbocharged machine will be revealed in late 2016 and will hit the tracks a few months later.

The Italian company will follow its normal development cycle, which means a Challenge model will appear before the GT3 model, probably in less than 12 months from now. The hardcore GT3 variant will be out a couple of months later.

Currently, Ferrari is preparing the world premiere of the 488 Spider, a roadster version of the 488 GTB. Set to be unveiled during the 2015 IAA in mid-September, the model comes with a turbocharged V8 engine, producing 670 PS (493 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm (560 lb-ft) of torque at 3,000 rpm. Sales are scheduled to kick off before the end of the year.

Note: Ferrari 488 GTBX rendering by Yasid Design picuted.

Gallery: Ferrari confirms racing 488 coming in next 18 months

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