Here is a supercar made to empower its driver to work at the fullest degree of their capacity—to say the least.
Expanding on the splendid 488 GTB, the F8 Tributo manages to enhance its predecessor in almost every aspect. The general chassis carries over, however, Ferrari has made significant upgrades to the motor, refined the streamlined profile, and even figured out how to save some weight in the making.
Ferrari took the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 used in the track-focused 488 Pista and revised it considerably further with experiences from its Challenge and Formula 1 racing divisions. Improved airflow all through the combustion process increases volumetric proficiency, and engine internals were amplified to deal with the additional pressure. Indeed, even the air intakes on either side of the rear spoiler were refreshed better providing air to the freer-breathing motor. It's everything finished off with your decision of intake plenums: red-painted aluminum or optional carbon fiber. The result: 710 horsepower arrives at a grand 8,000 rpm, all from a motor that is 40 pounds lighter than the one used in the 488 GTB.
The vehicle is lighter by 48 pounds, by and large, thanks to the use of a carbon-fiber spoiler, a louvered rear window fashioned out of Lexan, a developed cooling system, and an alternative lithium-ion starter battery sourced from the 488 Challenge. Ferrari offers a set of 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels of your choice.
Thanks to the improved power and diminished weight, the F8 Tributo will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, hit 124 mph just 4.9 seconds from that point forward, and accomplish a blistering top speed of 211 mph.
Inside and outside, the F8 Tributo's styling is a step further in the transformation of the 488 GTB. In advance, an S-duct channels air from just below the front bumper to the revised cooling system, which at that point exits through the center of the sunken, sculpted hood. There's also a new headlight exhibit, joined outback by—at last—quad taillights. Ferraris just look better with four lights in the rear. Inside the cabin, recognizable improvements incorporate round air vents shaped like jet engine nacelles, a smaller steering wheel, and refreshed infotainment options.
Out on the harsh, narrow roads of rustic Italy, the F8 Tributo is as agreeable as a German sedan, but with much better reflexes. Credit the Bumpy Road setting of the adjustable dampers. The burble of the V-8 is a must-have segment of the experience when the stop/start system kills it at a stoplight.
When looking in the rearview mirror, the louvers in the Lexan rear window acutely distort rearward visibility. In any case, those insignificant nitpicks are easily solved by looking forward and driving rapidly.
Despite having a 41.5/58.5 front/rear weight distribution, the F8's Tributo fast stability is exceptionally powerful, a huge applaud to the 15 percent increase in downforce given by the S-duct.
Even when driven at its most outrageous, the F8 Tributo is rarely violent. The gearbox swaps cogs with a brisk proficiency, steering is snappy yet never twitchy, and the brakes simply do what you ask of them. G-forces stick you to the seat, and the world around you rushes by in an inclined, bewildering obscure, yet the F8 Tributo remains completely composed and fully in charge of its functions.