A tribute to the most powerful
Ferrari V8 of all time
At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari showed the first official photos of the F8 Tributo. The new mid-rear-engine sports car represents the latest generation of the classic Cavallino Rampante Berlinetta and pays homage to the car's uncompromising design and the powerhouse inside. With 720 hp and a record-breaking specific output of 185 hp/l, this is the most powerful V8 engine to date in a Ferrari production car, setting the standard - not just for turbocharged engines, but for engines in general.
As these prestigious awards demonstrate, in the automotive world, Ferrari’s V8 engine is seen as the very epitome of sportiness and driving pleasure. This is particularly the case when it is mid-rear-mounted in a two-seater. Ferrari has been honing the scope of abilities of this architecture, which creates an optimal weight balance, to perfection for over four decades. The result is the F8 Tributo, which is one of the fastest, most thrilling and communicative supercars ever. It replaces the 488 GTB, surpassing the latter’s performance while providing even better control when on the limit along with greater on-board comfort. The F8 Tributo punches out 720 hp (50 hp more than its predecessor) and benefits from a 10 per cent increase in aerodynamic efficiency as well as the latest version of the Side Slip Control System (SSCS 6.1). So while it offers the highest levels of performance of any car in the current range, that performance is also very usable.
Without the slightest hint of turbo lag and with a unique, fascinating sound, the car’s instantaneous power is matched by easy handling thanks to advanced vehicle dynamics solutions. These include a new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) which can be activated in the manettino’s RACE position for the first time, a move designed to make performance on the limit easier to reach and control for an even greater number of drivers. The steering wheel rim is also smaller in diameter to enhance the level of tactility and make the car feel even more agile. In addition, weight reduction measures have cut the car’s dry weight by 40 kg compared to the 488 GTB, further enhancing both responsiveness and driving pleasure without impinging on interior comfort.
State-of-the-art aerodynamic solutions incorporated into the car’s body help ensure that the extraordinarily powerful engine can be fully exploited. As with the 488 Pista, the F8 Tributo’s aero package is directly evolved from the track and it adopts several features from the 488 Pista designed to help manage engine heat, including, for instance, the rearward-angled front radiators and the dynamic engine air intakes positioned either side of the spoiler instead of on the rear flanks.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasise Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency.
The front is characterised by the S-Duct, a solution that made its debut on the 488 Pista, but which has been redesigned to suit the modifications made to this area of the car. The S-duct alone provides a 15 per cent increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB. The new, more compact, horizontal LED headlights 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.
The new Lexan rear screen showcases the engine compartment and also brings a modern twist to the most distinctive design element from Ferrari’s legendary F40. The louvres extract hot air from the engine compartment without impairing the efficiency of the blown spoiler, which has been optimised to increase downforce at the rear. The spoiler wraps around the tail lights, visually lowering the car’s centre of gravity and allowing a return to the classic twin light cluster and body-coloured tail, another signature of the early 8-cylinder berlinettas like the very first in the legendary series, the 1975 308 GTB.
The cabin retains the classic, driver-oriented cockpit look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas, but every element of the dash, door panels and tunnel, has been completely redesigned. The new generation HMI (Human Machine Interface), complete with round air vents, new steering wheel and controls as well as a new 7" passenger touchscreen display, significantly enhance the on-board environment for driver and passenger.