RE: Ferrari announces F8 Spider

RE: Ferrari announces F8 Spider

Sunday 8th September

Ferrari announces F8 Spider

Following its leak on Friday, Maranello has officially unveiled its new mid-engine convertible



Coupes are all well and good, but when most people picture a Ferrari, they see a car with its roof down, right? The Maranello marque clearly recognises its customers' desire for drop-top driving, at least, having wasted no time in following up the recently-launched F8 Tributo with this, the F8 Spider.

Not F8 Tributo Spider, note, because though the convertible is powered by the same Pista-derived V8, outputting the same 720hp and 568lb ft, the Coupe stands alone as the performance-focussed homage to that award-winning powerplant.

Instead, its maker is keen to point out that while the Spider is less extreme than an equivalent Pista, it weighs just 20kg more (and 20kg less than the 488 Spider it replaces). It is 10 per cent more aerodynamically efficient, too, and the addition of the Tributo's new Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer Plus and Side Slip Angle Control 6.1 ought to make it just as fun to drive. The roof, in case you were wondering, is of the Retractible Hard Top variety, and can be opened or closed in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph.


It is around this lid that Ferrari says the lines of the car were crafted, while taking inspiration from other Maranello marvels through the years. The front end - including the new, more compact, LED headlights - has been redesigned to better highlight its performance-enhancing S-Duct, while the larger rear spoiler now wraps around the tail lights, "visually lowering the car's centre of gravity". A new "manta-like" engine cover completes the transformation, with a central spine that traces the airflow from the rear screen through to the spoiler.

At the end of the day though, it's the presence of that spine-tingling V8 that will remain the car's greatest selling point. Thanks to its titanium con-rods, crankshaft and flywheel it boasts a 17 per cent reduction in inertia versus the 488 Spider, while Inconel exhaust manifolds derived from the 488 Challenge save 9.7kg in mass on their own. A "Wall Effect" rev limiter allows drivers to slam right into that 8,000rpm red line, while an "extensively modified" exhaust layout is said to produce a superior timbre unique to the Spider. And in just 14 seconds you can now get closer to it than ever before.




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veevee

Original Poster:

1,442 posts

96 months

Sunday 8th September
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First Ferrari folding hard top(?), and no pics with the roof up.

rich12

1,552 posts

99 months

Sunday 8th September
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458, 488, california, california T and maybe more so not the first.

Dynamic Space Wizard

663 posts

49 months

Sunday 8th September
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I thought Friday's leak was for the front engined V12 spider

Amirhussain

11,051 posts

108 months

Sunday 8th September
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lick

RDMcG

13,615 posts

152 months

Monday 9th September
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Nice looking car, that

Osinjak

2,349 posts

66 months

Monday 9th September
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RDMcG said:
Nice looking car, that
S'alright I suppose.

veevee

Original Poster:

1,442 posts

96 months

Monday 9th September
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rich12 said:
458, 488, california, california T and maybe more so not the first.
Oops. Shows how much I know about new Ferraris. Still, no roof up photos is poor form IMO.

ReaperCushions

3,710 posts

129 months

Monday 9th September
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That rear deck lid shot is a right dogs dinner of design.

howardhughes

332 posts

149 months

Monday 9th September
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I haven't been a fan of Ferraris designs for quite few years but this is gorgeous.

simonbamg

353 posts

68 months

Monday 9th September
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Love that, needs black wheels

cobra kid

3,394 posts

185 months

Monday 9th September
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Sin woss, as we say in Sheffield.

Tim bo

1,419 posts

85 months

Monday 9th September
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Yes please!

Absolutely stunning.

BVB

658 posts

98 months

Monday 9th September
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Simply stunning. Just like their win at Monza yesterday. Leclerc? Utterly outstanding.
A good day indeed to take the wraps off the F8 Spider.

AmosMoses

3,363 posts

110 months

Monday 9th September
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Looks really good, and the engine is an absolute unit. But the lack of noise compared to the NA cars is so sad frown

MikeGoodwin

1,498 posts

62 months

Monday 9th September
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Nice looking car indeed, interesting lines. Not sure why I think this looking at this car but are we finally going to move away from the military straight edge design language created by car manufacturers like Lamborghini and go back to curves and smooth shapes?

Ray_Aber

96 posts

221 months

Monday 9th September
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simonbamg said:
Love that, needs black wheels
That is absolutely the last thing the car needs. Black wheels are - in my view - hideous, giving the impression of a car with gaping wheel arches and the sense of something missing. They absolutely lack any vestige of class.

No. Keep the silver wheels. Keep it classy.

Nice car, by the way!

loveice

486 posts

192 months

Monday 9th September
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“It is around this lid that Ferrari says the lines of the car were crafted”

If that’s the case, where’s the picture of that all important lid, then?

pinseeker

129 posts

140 months

mwstewart

5,542 posts

133 months

Monday 9th September
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I like that. After the 458 they are starting to look nice again.

kambites

57,354 posts

166 months

Monday 9th September
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Hmm, it's certainly an improvement over the 458 and 488 but I still couldn't call it a pretty car. It's just too fussy and there's no cohesion to the design to my eyes - the relatively svelte overall shape clashes with the weird looking (but no doubt effective) aero agenda.

It seems that Ferrari know they need to add visual aggression and downforce generating aero but can't quite bring themselves to let go of the curvy shapes of their older cars and the result is a confused mess.

Edited by kambites on Monday 9th September 09:29