I wouldn't count on that if I were you. I had a 458 Italia and a 458 Spider and I had ZERO interest in a 488. It's a turbo with all the existing baggage of the 458 - mediocre chassis, mediocre transmission, and old-time gadgetry. Whatever Ferrari replaces it with will be the car that inherits the demand curve of the 458.
If your heart is into McLaren then go make the best deal you can on a used McLaren 12C or 650S which will give you comparable performance to a 488 with a better chassis at a much lower price. This way you're situated with a McLaren dealer when the P14 goes on sale. I expect demand for P14 is going to be pretty high.
Well, from a poster called luciddreams talking about a rush of happiness, I just had to respond!
I chose Mark's post to quote, mainly to offer a different view to his first paragraph, although funnily enough my conclusion would be exactly the same as his second paragraph (except the better chassis part)!
I have owned a 12C and have 'moved' back to buying Ferraris again. Not because I didn't like the 12C but partly because I preferred Ferraris, especially the Speciale but not only.
I have driven an F12 on track a few times and it is an outstanding car at track speeds, though not as benign and adjustable as the 458 which, in my view, has an absolute peach of a chassis in all its forms. Why? It is very friendly (more than the McLaren) and it emphasises driver control over outright grip - whereas the Mac does the reverse, which is achieved by the car being able to help you to go very fast, perhaps faster than any other car you will have driven to date. The McLaren chassis is a technological marvel really and if you love tech, it makes for a very interesting and excellent choice.
For me though, the balance and adjustability of the 458 chassis is more to my liking and in the Speciale it presses all my buttons. A rush of happiness indeed!
With the F12, the key difference is not McLaren v Ferrari but front v mid engined as well as turbo v n/a. This is a key consideration. Personally, I love both, though if I could only have one, mid engined would take it hands down. If you don't feel like that, then the F12 is a strong contender. That V12 is worth the entry price alone and if sound is your thing, there are very few cars available to buy that sound as good. Certainly no McLaren or 458. Perhaps you could say it like this; the F12 is a GT car that does high performance extraordinarily well. Whereas the Macs and the 458 are high performance cars that do GT extraordinarily well.
The big advantage of the Mac is that carpet ride. On a mid engined, light car (usually quite difficult to make light cars ride quite well, unless you're lotus who seem to have had some brilliant chassis engineers over the years) this is a remarkable achievement. However, to some degree it might be overplayed. I say this because I prefer the ride of my FF to the 12C I had for comfort, and the ride of a 458 is also very acceptable, if not quite as cosseting as the Mac. Still, if you like mid engined, light cars, then you will not find a better riding one than the McLaren.
I haven't driven the 488 but have one on order. From what I can gauge, Ferrari have worked harder than McLaren to eliminate lag. Perhaps they have done this to the detriment of mid range, lower gear torque which has been restricted to make the car respond more like an n/a car. This is very important to me and the way I want to drive. I dare say it will not be anything like as razor sharp as the Speciale, but close is good enough for a more standard edition car.
Although the video posted by Zombie seems to suggest the 488 is similar pace to the 12C, I suspect it is misleading. Journalists (cue Zombie again
) such as Chris Harris and others have remarked specifically on the pace of the 488, suggesting it feels outrageously quick. I think you have to assume they mean when considered against its competition since they have all driven P1, LaFerrari and 918 which are all a measure quicker again than 650 and 488. Either way, I'll know for myself soon and even if the 488 does not feel any faster than my 12C, I only ascribe about 20% importance to that. Other aspects are far more important.
As Mark said though, sometimes you just 'fancy a go' with a car or a brand. I did when I bought my 12C and it was not a mistake at all. Ok, I lost a bit on it, well, quite a bit actually. But if you choose a 12C and wait for P14 you should be able to avoid that.
Having said that, I think 458 prices will do well too with that n/a 458 sitting out back.
Driving them all will help you decide, although you do learn much more about these cars after a month of 'hard' ownership than you ever can in a test drive. Nevertheless, you may find it indeed comes down to which badge you want sitting six feet in front of your grinning face!