The new Ferrari F8 Tributo: Continuing Maranello’s Gran Turismo Berlinetta tradtion
First came the Ferari 458 Italia. This was followed by the 488 GTB. For 2019, the F8 Tributo continues the long-standing tradition of Gran Turismo Berlinettas that combine the driving pleasure of a supercar with the comfort of a GT.
From the outside, the lines are unmistakably Ferrari. You know the aerodynamic creases and curves in all the right places. These are complemented by a slew of air ducts that help increase downforce by as much as 10 percent compared to its 488 predecessor.
While the look is truly modern, it does have a few styling cues that hark back to some classic Prancing Horses, chief of these are the Lexan air vents on the engine cover out back. These will remind enthusiasts of the F40 from the late 1980s.
Stepping inside reveals a driving environment that is not only inviting but seemingly comfortable as well. The materials are impeccably first-rate. There are mod-cons that will allow the two occupants to connect with the outer world even while on the go. And of course, the driver is treated to all the cool toys that help them make the most of this beautiful number.
With a dry weight that is some 40kg lighter than the 488, it’s no surprise that the additional 50hp this 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 makes over its forebearer can definitely be seen in the jump in performance. Now putting out 720hp and 770Nm of torque (the most potent V8 from Maranello to date), the F8 Tributo can rocket from 0-100kph in just 2.9 seconds, hit the 200kph mark in 7.8 ticks, and go on to a terminal velocity of 340kph.
Beyond straight-line punch, Ferrari has put in a host of goodies to keep drivers entertained when the roads turn twisty. The suspension has ben tuned to give it balance and poise, along with sharp handling and steering response. Yet despite this, Ferrari claims it is still a very comfortable cruiser for those times when you just want to chill.
Now on display at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the new Ferrari F8 Tributo will roll out later this year.