Ferrari F8 Tributo is the New Wave of V8 Supercar
Lighter and more powerful than the 488, the F8 Tributo is the ultimate V8-powered Ferrari.
A mid-engined aero tour de force
To some, this is simply an evolution of the Ferrari 488 platform. A super-Pista, if you wish. But to others, the F8 Tributo is proof that nobody does a mid-engined V8 supercar quite to the standard of Ferrari. With its styling awash in a series of dedicated aerodynamic features, the F8 Tributo uses all the knowledge gleaned from Ferrari's F1 team and applies it to a road car.
Not quite the familiar face you think it is
Viewed from the front, the F8 Tributo has traces of the 488 in its proportions, without question. But look a bit closer, and you can start discerning those unique styling details which make it different. The sharp-edged headlights, for instance, and those large aero ducts that cut into the bodywork just above them. F8 Tributo also has an entirely reshaped front hood.
It might be modern, but it has heritage too
Around the rear, there are elements of the F8 Tributo which pay homage to legendary Ferrari road cars of the past. That louvered engine cover is a nod to that classic 1980s Ferrari supercar, the F40. Notice the wraparound aft spoiler? Yes, that pays respect to a similar styling detail first seen on another 1980s Ferrari, the 308 GTB, made famous as the car of choice for Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I.
The same, but different
Powering the F8 Tributo is Ferrari's 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8. An engine which has swayed traditional followers of the brand to the potential of forced-induction, it features some choice upgrades from what 488 owners experience. Power is rated at 710 horsepower but the delivery of those horses are a touch more urgent, due to the F8's engine having lighter components.
Astounding numbers for a V8
On view to all who happen to walk by a parked F8 Tributo, the V8 engine boasts 50hp more than a 488. Performance is stupendous, with Ferrari's rapid shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission capable of getting the F8 from 0-60mph in only 2.9 seconds (a tenth quicker than the 488). Keep on the throttle and you'll run a true 0-124mph in only 7.8 seconds. It all culminates in an eventual top speed of 211mph.
An incomparable point of view
The F8 Tributo's cockpit is a pure driving environment, not a place for playlists streamed through the audio system. Pride of place in the instrumentation binnacle is taken up by the odometer, with classic Ferrari yellow backing. The steering wheel is slightly smaller in diameter too, which should aid hand-over-hand extreme oversteer corrections.
The ultimate 488?
Although the F8 Tributo shares its platform with the 488, it is 50hp more potent and 88lb lighter. The car's slip-sensors also have more powerful processing ability, which should help keen drivers pilot an F8 on the limit with less input.