812hp drop top and convertible version of the new F8 Tributo have been papped at a private event
Images of what look to be Spider versions of Ferrari’s 812 Superfast and new F8 Tributo have leaked onto social media, suggesting they’re set for official reveal in the very near future. The pictures show an open-top 812 on stage, as well as illustrated sketches of both it and a convertible version of the 720hp F8. The latter will come as no surprise, what with each of its predecessors spawning drop-top variants. But the arrival of an 812 Spider starts a new trend in the lineage.
With so much power on offer from both the 812 and F8 coupes, don’t expect the addition of electric folding roof gubbins to have much impact on straight-line performance. The hard-top models both hit 62mph in 2.9 seconds and history suggests there’s likely to be no perceivable drop in acceleration with the convertibles. And we’re not expecting any changes to engine output because, well, the 812 and F8 aren’t exactly lacking.
However, unlike McLaren and its carbon tub cars, Ferrari’s mostly aluminium models will almost certainly lose some structural rigidity with the transformation. That being said, the Maranello firm did a pretty fine job of clawing it back with the 488 Spider, suggesting the only real penalty for the upcoming convertibles will be added weight. The visceral gains, however, will likely be substantial – particularly for those in the already very vocal 812. We await official word from Ferrari with interest…
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