Ferrari F8 Tributo Masterfully Intermixes Its V8 History with the Future
Mid-rear-engined two-seater berlinetta pays homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.
The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo is the new mid-rear-engined sports car that represents the highest expression of the Prancing Horse’s classic two-seater berlinetta. It is a car with unique characteristics and, as its name implies, is an homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.
The F8 Tributo sets the market benchmark for performance, driving pleasure and ease of handling. It makes the exhilarating performance of the best 8-cylinder in the world accessible to all drivers, with unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort.
It is the most powerful V8 ever to be mounted in a non-special series Ferrari, achieving new heights not just for turbos, but for engines across the board.
The turbo-charged V8 has already been used in other models in the range with various power output levels, winning “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year awards three years running in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2018, it was also awarded the title of the best engine of the last two decades.
The F8 Tributo delivers its 710 horsepower without the slightest hint of turbo lag and produces an evocative soundtrack. Instantaneous power is matched by exceptional handling thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art aerodynamics solutions derived from Ferrari’s track experience.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasize Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency. In fact, the F8 Tributo is the most aerodynamically efficient series-production mid-rear-engined berlinetta ever designed.
The F8 Tributo replaces the 488 GTB and, in the range, is the model with the highest performance matched by the greatest driver involvement. There are significant improvements across the board aimed at providing even better control on the limit along with greater on-board comfort. The F8 Tributo punches out just under 50 more hp than the 488 GTB, is 88 pounds lighter and also benefits from a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency along with the latest version of the Side Slip Angle Control, now in 6.1 guise.
The V8’s technical specifications are truly exceptional, placing it at the very top of its segment. The F8 Tributo unleashes 710 hp at 8,000 rpm. Its maximum torque is now higher too at all engine speeds, peaking at 568 lb.-ft at 3,250 rpm.
Apart from the extra power, the F8 Tributo’s engine makes both the car’s handling more intuitive and its performance more accessible. A slew of high performance features have been introduced to allow drivers exploit to the very fullest the potential afforded by the best engine of the last 20 years. These include a new boost reserve control strategy which optimizes response time and performance in sporty driving on the limit, making all the power the driver asks from the throttle available virtually instantaneously.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe will be officially unveiled at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.