This Ferrari 308 ‘Brawler’ Concept Is a Brutish Blast From the Past

Blacked-out beauty.

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Like so many Prancing Horses, the Ferrari 308 GTB and its convertible GTS variant were long heralded for beautiful lines and awe-inspiring aesthetics. But for a decidedly aggro new take on the legendary 1970s/1980s supercar, meet “The Brawler.” 

Behance/@colorsponge/Carlos Pecino

London-based automotive CGI artist Carlos Pecino uploaded the blacked-out Brawler concept to his Behance page, where it’s gotten notable pickup in part because of the incredible detail in which the imaginative restomod is rendered.

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According to Carscoops, Pecino describes it as “the perfect balance between beauty and elegance.” While the NASCAR-spec Hoosier racing slicks border on bizarre, the widened stance, murdered-out high-gloss paint coat, slammed suspension and exposed engine add a tasteful edge without ruining the classic ‘Rarri’s shape. 

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Speaking of the engine, Pecino transplanted McLaren 720S’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and MonoCage II passenger cell to provide more rigidity at the track. With a modern 710-hp power unit, it’s easy to imagine the Brawler as a sub-three-second car capable of a 200-mph top end. 

Behance/@colorsponge/Carlos Pecino

“Make an improvement to something which is already perfect it’s an impossible task.” Pecino wrote of the Brawler on Instagram. “I think the important value is what I get from this build and that is something I can’t describe but it worth every single hour I spent on it. Always learning on every single build.”

Even wilder than The Brawler is Pecino’s  Ferrari 512S Berlinetta Speciale-Tesla Model S mashup—see that and more creative builds via his Instagram page below: 

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