Ferrari has revealed the first official images of the F8 Tributo, a new mid-rear engined model that the Italian brand says “is one of the fastest, most thrilling and communicative supercars ever”.
The new car has been designed to replace the 488 GTB, with improvements said to have been delivered across the board, “providing even better control on the limit along with greater on-board comfort”.
The F8 Tributo punches out 49 bhp more than the car it replaces, is lighter and benefits from a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency along with the latest version of Ferrari’s Side Slip Angle Control, now in 6.1 guise.
Its mid-mounted 3.9-litre V8 – the most powerful V8 in Prancing Horse history for a non-special series car – generates 710 bhp and 568 lb-ft of torque, which enables the car to do 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and 0-124 mph in 7.8 seconds. Top speed is listed at 211 mph.
The car’s name is also derived from the engine, which has won “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year awards three years running in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and, in addition, in 2018, was awarded the title of the best engine of the last two decades.
In terms of its exterior styling, designers at the Ferrari Styling Centre says the F8 Tributo’s look has been evolved from the track. Its aero package adopts several features from the 488 Pista that are designed to help manage engine heat, including, for instance, the rearward-angled front radiators and the engine air intakes positioned either side of the spoiler instead of on the rear flanks.
At the front, the car is characterised by the so-called “S-Duct”, a solution that first appeared on the 488 Pista, but which has been redesigned on the F8 Tributo. As a result of the modifications, it is claimed to deliver a 15% increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB.
Additionally, the new, more compact, horizontal LED headlights have allowed Ferrari’s aerodynamicists to incorporate new brake cooling intakes in combination with those on the outside of the bumper, the aim being to improve air flow throughout the entire wheel-arch and thereby avoid having to increase the size of the braking system to cope with the car’s greater speed.
At the rear, the new Lexan screen showcases the engine compartment, with its design supposedly influenced by Ferrari’s most famous V8, the legendary F40. The louvres help extract hot air from the engine compartment without impacting the efficiency of the blown spoiler which has been further evolved to increase downforce generated at the rear.
On the car’s inside, meanwhile, every element of the dash, door panels and tunnel has been completely redesigned. There’s also a new steering wheel and controls as well as a new 7″ passenger touchscreen display.
The new supercar will make its official public debut at next week’s Geneva motor show.