Ferrari F8 Tributo Proudly Revs Its Way To The Philippines Through A Digital Launch
Motostrada, the official and exclusive dealer of Ferrari in the Philippines, has launched the Ferrari F8 Tributo in the country. In accordance with and in support of the government’s health and safety protocols, the launch took place online on 17 August at 08:00pm via the Ferrari Philippines Facebook page.
“From outstanding performance, speed, and excellence, the racing legacy of Ferrari has brought a unique and exclusive experience to car enthusiasts in our country. Today, we at Motostrada have unveiled the illustrious Italian company's latest and fastest sports car to-date — the Ferrari F8 Tributo," Wellington Soong, Motostrada Chairman Emeritus, said.
The F8 Tributo is one of the latest mid-rear-engined sports cars of the renowned Italian brand that represents the highest expression of its classic two-seater Berlinetta. It is a car with unique characteristics and, as its name implies, is an homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history. Setting the market benchmark for performance, driving pleasure and ease of handling, the F8 Tributo makes the exhilarating performance of the best 8-cylinder in the world accessible to all drivers, with unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort.
With a massive 720 cv and a record specific power output of 185 cv/l, it is the most powerful V8 ever to be mounted in a non-special series Ferrari, achieving new heights not just for turbos, but for engines across the board.
The turbo-charged V8 has already been used in other models in the range with various power output levels, winning “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year awards three years running in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In 2018, it was also awarded the title of the best engine of the last two decades.
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The F8 Tributo delivers its 720 cv without the slightest hint of turbo lag. Instantaneous power is matched by exceptional handling thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art aerodynamics solutions derived from Ferrari’s track experience.
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. In fact, the F8 Tributo is the most aerodynamically efficient series-production mid-rear-engined Berlinetta ever designed.
The F8 Tributo replaces the 488 GTB and, in the range, is the model with the highest performance matched by the greatest driver involvement. There are significant improvements across the board aimed at providing even better control on the limit along with greater onboard comfort.
The F8 Tributo punches out 50 cv more than the 488 GTB, is 40 kg lighter and also benefits from a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency along with the latest version of the Side Slip Angle Control, now in 6.1 guise.
Arguably considered as the epitome of sportiness and driving pleasure, Ferrari's V8 engine is mid-rear-mounted, creating optimal weight balance that delivers an unparalleled thrilling driving experience. As the F8 Tributo sports the multi-awarded turbo, it unleashes 720 cv at 8,000 rpm and also has an impressive specific power output of 185 cv/l. Its maximum torque is now higher too at all engine speeds, peaking at 770 Nm (+10 Nm compared to the 488 GTB) at 3,250 rpm.
However, it inherits its highly efficient weight-reduction solutions from the Ferrari 488 Pista. Reducing the weight of rotating and non-static masses, such as the titanium con rods, crankshaft and flywheel, allows engine speed to rise very rapidly, so much so that the driver can see the rev counter needle flying, particularly in rapid transitions, such as gear shifting and scorching low-gear acceleration, making the car feel even sportier still. These reductions in the weight of the rotating masses yield a 17 per cent reduction in inertia.
Apart from the extra power, the F8 Tributo’s engine makes both the car’s handling more intuitive and its performance more accessible. A slew of high-performance features has been introduced to allow drivers to exploit the fullest potential afforded by the best engine of the last 20 years. These include a new boost reserve control strategy which optimises response time and performance in sporty driving on the limit, making all the power the driver asks from the throttle available virtually instantaneously.
Adaptive Performance Launch analyses grip as the car accelerates and then uses electronic controls to optimise the torque delivered by the clutches to suit the grip level of the road, reducing wheel slip to a minimum which, in turn, maximises acceleration.
The rev limiter’s “Wall Effect” strategy is another leap forward in terms of extreme engine performance. Rather than gradually limiting the revs towards the limit, it cuts off right at the red-line of 8,000 rpm, maximising the amount of power available in power-on dynamic driving situations and consequently improving lap times.
Adopted once again on this model is the hugely successful Ferrari Variable Torque Management strategy for all gears. To adapt it to the car’s extreme sporty spirit, all of the curves were redesigned to deliver a feeling of consistently smooth, powerful acceleration all the way to the red line. Maximum torque is also 10 Nm higher than on the 488 GTB also and is available even at lower engine speeds.
The exhaust layout has been extensively modified across the board from the turbos to the tailpipes to produce a sound absolutely unique to this particular car. The result is an unmistakable engine timbre that is superior in terms of both the intensity and quality of the sound. The sound is also higher than the 488 GTB, particularly at medium/high engine speeds (up to a maximum of +5dB), in proportion with the progressive increase in power and is clearly audible to the driver in the cockpit.
The exhaust line also features a new Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) to comply with new homologation requirements.
The launch of the latest V8 Ferrari model reflects Motostrada and Ferrari’s strong ties and commitment to grow the Ferrari brand in the Philippine market, by offering the full model range and the aftersales maintenance to the customers.
“As the official and exclusive dealer of Ferrari in the Philippines, we fully embrace the values that Ferrari upholds. Expect that our integrity and quality of service are particularly met with the standards set by Ferrari. The iconic release of the Ferrari F8 Tributo here in our country perfectly mirrors Motostrada's direction: to be the leader in automotive innovation, unafraid of fusing the historic past and the revolutionary future for the ever-growing and exclusive Ferrari community.” Motostrada President Mody Llamas Jr. said.
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To know more, visit the Motostrada Showroom, 32nd corner 4th, Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, +632 8801 7777