Ferrari reveals F8 Tributo

AHEAD of its official unveiling at the Geneva International Auto Show on March 5, Ferrari has taken the covers off the F8 Tributo, powered by the most powerful ‘standard’ V8 in the company’s history.

The new model will replace the 488 GTB, with improvements across the board, providing even better control on the limit, along with greater on-board comfort. The F8 Tributo also punches out 36kW more than the car it replaces, and is lighter too.

With extremely usable performance, thanks to the latest version of Side Slip Angle Control, the new F8 Tributo offers a whopping 529kW of power and 770Nm of torque from its turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine.

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Instantaneous power is matched by exceptional handling thanks to advanced vehicle dynamics solutions. These include a new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) which can be activated in the manettino’s RACE position for the first time.

It’s a move designed to make performance on the limit easier to reach and control for an even greater number of drivers. The steering wheel rim is also smaller in diameter to enhance the level of tactility and make the car feel even more agile.

In addition, weight reduction measures have cut the car’s dry weight by 40kg compared to the 488 GTB, further enhancing both responsiveness and driving pleasure without impinging on interior comfort.

State-of-the-art aerodynamic solutions incorporated into the car’s body help ensure that the extraordinarily powerful engine can be fully exploited. As with the 488 Pista, the F8 Tributo’s aero package is directly evolved from the track.

It adopts several features from the 488 Pista designed to help manage engine heat, including, for instance, the rearward-angled front radiators and the dynamic engine air intakes positioned either side of the spoiler instead of on the rear flanks.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasise Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency.

The cabin retains the classic, driver-oriented cockpit look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas, but every element of the dash, door panels and tunnel, has been completely redesigned.

The new generation HMI (Human Machine Interface), complete with round air vents, new steering wheel and controls as well as a new 7-inch passenger touchscreen display, significantly enhance the on-board environment for driver and passenger.

While fuel consumption figures are not yet known, it’s capable of the 0-100km/h dash in 2.9 seconds, 0-200km/h in a wickedly quick 7.8 seconds, and will have a top speed of 340km/h.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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