Ferrari F8 Tributo: The replacement to the 488 GTB
This is the Ferrari F8 Tributo, a new mid-engined V8 supercar designed to supersede the 488 GTB.
The Tributo has 710bhp from its 3.9-litre turbo V8 and is around 40kg lighter than the 488 GTB it replaces. It’s capable of a 0-62mph sprint in just 2.9sec and a 124mph is over within 7.8sec, maxing out at 211mph.
The car is due to make its public debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
The Italian firm’s new supercar features fresh styling, redesigned aerodynamics, more power, less weight and more technology. The design is immediately recognisable as modern Ferrari, and like all recent series-production Ferraris was designed in-house at Ferrari Centro Stile. Aero is said to be around 10% better than the 488, with the Pista’s S-Duct that’s present and correct providing around 15% of the total aerodynamic improvement alone. Slimmer headlights allow for fatter brake cooling ducts and there are nods to the F40 via rear heat soaks.
Ferrari also says that the reworked “S-Duct” alone provides a 15 per cent increase in downforce, while the louvred clamshell helps extract excess heat from the engine bay.
Technology updates include Ferrari’s latest “Side Slip Angle Control” system and a revised version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+). Activated by selecting the “RACE” drive mode, Ferrari claims the new software makes the F8 Tributo’s performance more accessible to a wider range of drivers.
The overall cabin architecture and layout is much as before, with a highly driver-focused layout of a central analogue tachometer flanked by a pair of TFT screens. The widescreen central screen as seen in the GTC4 Lusso and Portofino is not featured here.
A full specification for the new Ferrari F8 Tributo will likely be released after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Pricing information is also yet to be officially announced, but we expect the F8 Tributo will position itself between the 488 GTB and the 488 Pista, with prices starting from around £200,000.