RE: 720hp Ferrari F8 Tributo replaces 488 GTB

RE: 720hp Ferrari F8 Tributo replaces 488 GTB

Thursday 28th February

720hp Ferrari F8 Tributo replaces 488 GTB

'The highest expression of Ferrari's classic two-seat berlinetta' - here's your first look



Can it really be time to replace the Ferrari 488 already? Seemingly so, even with the GTB still at the pinnacle of mid-engined supercars four years after launch and the Pista very recent. But time waits for no man at Maranello, so here it is: the F8 Tributo.

That name, first off. Officially Ferrari says that 'F8 Tributo' is "an homage to both the model's uncompromising layout and to the engine that powers it"; using the 3,902cc twin-turbo found in the 488 but now at 720hp (same as the Pista), Ferrari is keen to make a big deal of the fact that the V8 was crowned best engine of the last two decades at the International Engine of the Year awards. If this engine is a direct carry over from the Pista, with the Challenge race car bits, it'll be staggering.

Elsewhere the Tributo has been subject to the usual raft of Ferrari aerodynamic, electronic and styling tweaks, the aim being to create "one of the fastest, most thrilling and communicative supercars ever". So as well as the extra power, the F8 is 10 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than a 488 - see the Pista-style S-Duct, more compact headlights with brake ducts and new blown spoiler - and boasts the latest versions of Ferrari's dynamic tech. Slide Slip Angle Control is now in 6.1 guise, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) can be activated in Race mode for the first time ("a move designed to make performance on the limit easier to reach and control for an even greater number of drivers"). The Tributo is also 40kg lighter than a 488, meaning 1,330kg dry with the right options, apparently without sacrificing interior comfort.


As for the way the F8 looks, Ferrari says - sit yourself comfortably - that the Tributo "is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasise Ferrari's key characteristics of high performance extreme aerodynamic efficiency." So there are nods to Ferraris previous, including louvres in a Lexan engine cover like an F40 and rear lights aiming to evoke a 308, while also bringing the mid-engined berlinetta in line with models like the 812 Superfast.

According to Ferrari the F8's cabin has been extensively redesigned, though there's clearly still a strong 488 (and to a lesser extent, 458) link here. New equipment includes a seven-inch passenger touchscreen, GTC-style wheel and, er, the air vents. But they do look quite cool.

Following its debut in Switzerland next week, expect the Tributo to be on sale pretty soon. And much furious scrambling very soon after that as customers hope to get hold of one. More details soon!





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housen

Original Poster:

1,538 posts

132 months

Thursday 28th February
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beast

Todd Bonzalez

1,988 posts

102 months

Thursday 28th February
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It's an absolute mess visually but I'm sure they'll sell a million of em.

st4

1,359 posts

73 months

Thursday 28th February
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That is one of the best looking Ferrari's ever made. Up there with the F12 for visual drool factor.

BVB

603 posts

93 months

Thursday 28th February
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Wow, wow and WOW! What a beauty. That rear.

DoubleTime

1,284 posts

82 months

Thursday 28th February
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st4 said:
That is one of the best looking Ferrari's ever made. Up there with the F12 for visual drool factor.
Agreed - lovely looking thing that.
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BVB

603 posts

93 months

Thursday 28th February
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Todd Bonzalez said:
It's an absolute mess visually but I'm sure they'll sell a million of em.
Ferrari total sales are restricted to 9000 a year. Hence it is the struggle it is to buy a new Ferrari.

Edited by BVB on Thursday 28th February 10:28

ahghafoor

17 posts

141 months

Thursday 28th February
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Oh lordy I think I've just had a moment. Hubba hubba

ArmouredBiscuit

1,104 posts

174 months

Thursday 28th February
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Holy scensoredt, that's beautiful......

viggyp

1,563 posts

75 months

Thursday 28th February
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Love the louvred rear screen a la F40. At first glance the dash seems to be updated from the 458/488 but still looks a tad dated.

Can't deny how great the car looks outside though. I'd have one.

Greg the Fish

396 posts

6 months

Thursday 28th February
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Why the hell would anyone buy a Maclaren over one of these?

STUNNING!

Dave Hedgehog

10,100 posts

144 months

Thursday 28th February
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Todd Bonzalez said:
It's an absolute mess visually but I'm sure they'll sell a million of em.
it is, hugely over designed and massively fussy, gives me a migraine to look at ...


HighwayStar

2,250 posts

84 months

Thursday 28th February
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Ferrari's have never really grabbed me but... I cannot deny it. That is wicked hot.

wst

3,236 posts

101 months

Thursday 28th February
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Dave Hedgehog said:
Todd Bonzalez said:
It's an absolute mess visually but I'm sure they'll sell a million of em.
it is, hugely over designed and massively fussy, gives me a migraine to look at ...
Buy one, then you won't have to look at it.

rog007

5,005 posts

164 months

Thursday 28th February
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Rear looks very McLarenesque

cmoose

44,080 posts

169 months

Thursday 28th February
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Testament to the job they did with the 458 10 years ago that they feel they can string the core architecture out another four years or whatever. Core of the car is going to be very old by the time they pension this thing off.

458 probably prettier and likely has by far the more exciting engine, but that's 'progress' for you. 720hp for the sake of 720hp is that way it's gotta be these days!

SimonTheSailor

9,542 posts

168 months

Thursday 28th February
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I kept reading it as 'Triturbo' for some reason and was wondering how that would work ?

Wonderful thing.

David87

5,156 posts

152 months

Thursday 28th February
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cmoose said:
Testament to the job they did with the 458 10 years ago that they feel they can string the core architecture out another four years or whatever. Core of the car is going to be very old by the time they pension this thing off.
Indeed. First time they've given one a third outing, I think.

Dave Hedgehog

10,100 posts

144 months

Thursday 28th February
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wst said:
uy one, then you won't have to look at it.
ill start saving, should only take 11 - 12 lifetimes to get enough, providing the flippers dont move in

Jimbo89

56 posts

84 months

Thursday 28th February
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Am I the only one who thinks these cars are just getting way too powerful? 720bhp in what is traditionally the baby Ferrari, 800 in the big GT. I can't help but feel they need a smaller mid mounted V6 car in the 400-500bhp range with a focus on much lighter curbweights.

I love the Alpine concept of light weight fun over power but I'd prefer something with the atmosphere (if that's the right term) of a Ferrari.

I prefer the 570s over the 720 for example but McLaren are just lacking a bit of soul that Ferrari's have always managed to pull off somehow.

Mr E

18,459 posts

199 months

Thursday 28th February
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It has the correct number of taillights. This pleases me.