Maranello, 28th February 2019
New Ferrari F8 Tributo
Before the official launch at the Geneva Motor Show next week, Ferrari revealed the F8 Tributo, a new mid-rear engined sports car in a storied line of two-seater Ferrari Berlinetta models. The name is a tribute to both the car’s layout lineage and to its V8 engine.
With a huge 720 cv (cheval vapeur) and a record-breaking specific power output of 185 cv/l, it is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history for a ordinary series car and sets the benchmark not just for turbos, but for all engine types. In case you’re wondering, that’s 710 hp.
The 3902 cc V8 won “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year awards three years running for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Last year, it even earned the title of the ‘Best engine of the last two decades’.
The F8 Tributo replaces the 488 GTB as one of the fastest, most thrilling and communicative supercars ever with 50 cv more power than the car it replaces. It is lighter and with 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, the version 6.1 Side Slip Angle Control program makes the performance usable.
Petrolheads usually complain that turbo-charged engines suffer from lag and reduced exhaust roar but the F8 Tributo delivers its 720 cv promises no turbo lag and an evocative sound. All sorts of trickery by the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) activates instant power useable by an even greater number of drivers.
The steering wheel rim is smaller to increase the level of tactility and make the car “feel” even more agile. Not only does it “feel” agile but weight reduction of dry weight by 40 kg compared to the 488 GTB, should make it “really” responsive.
The aerodynamic package is directly evolved from the race track and adopts several features from the 488 Pista to manage engine heat; check out the rearward-angled front radiators and dynamic engine air intakes positioned either side of the spoiler instead of on the rear flanks. The Ferrari Styling Centre has made the F8 Tributo as a declaration of a new design language for the future.
The front of the car is characterised by the S-Duct, first tried on the 488 Pista but redesigned so that the S-Duct in the F8 Tributo contributes 15% to the overall increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB.
The new Lexan rear screen shows off the engine compartment and also evokes a distinctive design element from Ferrari’s most famous V8, the F40. The louvres help extract hot air from the engine compartment without affecting the efficiency of the blown spoiler that increases downforce at the rear.
There will be a collective sign of relief from aficionados to see the return to the classic twin light cluster and body-coloured tail, another signature of early 8-cylinder berlinettas like the 1975 308 GTB.
The cabin retains the classic, driver-oriented cockpit of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas but every element of the HMI (Human Machine Interface), complete with round air vents and a new 8.5” passenger touchscreen display should make it a comfortable, functional environment for driver and passenger.
Pricing is expected to start from $250,000 when we see the first examples at the Geneva Motor Show on 5th March 2019.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web magazine. He was former CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).