Rumours of Ferrari building a ‘Speciale’ version of the 488 have been swirling around for some time, and they may now be confirmed based on this photo posted by Spanish publication Motor.es.

In the photo, we see two partially covered Ferrari prototypes, both of which sport the same headlight design as the 488. However, the car on the left features a completely different front bumper, one that appears to be influenced by the 458 Speciale, the hotter version of the 488’s predecessor.

Previous spyshots of a 488-based test mule reveal some tweaks at the front as well, although the applied camouflage makes it hard to spot the details. However, we can now see the bumper abandons the two “fangs” in the middle as on the current 488, and will instead have both sides of the intakes meet up instead. Said intakes also come with a sharper profile too.

The covers on the hood could also be hiding deep front air vents on the bonnet, another cue seen on the 458 Speciale. On a related note, expect more power to come from the 3.9 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which currently makes 670 PS and 760 Nm of torque in the regular 488.

Next year’s Geneva Motor Show will certainly be the perfect place for Ferrari to introduce an even more potent version of the 488, should it ever become a reality. With competition from the McLaren 720S and Lamborghini Huracan Performante, we reckon the Italian carmaker wouldn’t want to be left chasing.

GALLERY: Ferrari 488-based test mule