The Ferrari F8 Tributo
The Geneva Motor Show (https://www.gims.swiss/) is arguably one of the most influential global car events. It’s where supercars are launched, new concepts revealed as well as stunning designs and new technology all vying for a place in the limelight.
This year Ferrari unveiled its new Ferrari F8 Tributo and the public were not disappointed. With the production ready model ready for the Geneva Motor Show, speculation is that the new model will launch by the end of 2019.
Here’s the lowdown on the revamped 488 supercar.
Ferrari (https://www.ferrari.com/en-GB) have used the same engine as the one used in the 488 Pista but have included a 49bhp upgrade to a 710bhp 3.9-litre V8 engine, power output matches the 488 Pista which delivers speeds of 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, before reaching a maximum speed of 211mph.
Ferrari haven’t made any radical changes to the exterior but they car is 40 kg lighter which Ferrari claim has given the car a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency. The air intakes remain behind the doors as does the sculpted rear wheel arches and twin-exhaust system. Changes however have been made to the rear of the car. The 488 GTB’S twin tail-light cluster has been replaced with a new quad LED design. The rear window has also changed with the new model now sporting three thin vents.
Inside is where the most significant changes have been made. The cabin has had a complete overhaul and now of course includes all the latest technology and infotainment system, which can be accessed by a 7 inch touch screen which is positioned directly in front of the passenger. It’s been designed to be unobtrusive and when not in use can barely been seen as it nestles back into the dashboard. Changes can also be seen to the steering wheel and the old angular vents have been replaced with sophisticated circular air vents.
The Driving Experience
The 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission has improved gear ratios and of course the latest version of Ferrari’s Side Slip Angle Control ‘controlled slide’ system. As one of the fastest, most thrilling and communicative supercars ever produced, control is reported to be even better with the addition of the new technology such as the new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) which can be activated in the manettino’s RACE position. The smaller steering wheel enhances the level of tactility, making the car feel more agile and light.
The new design and technology are setting the standards for future designs from the Ferrari camp which will continue to emphasise high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency.
Prices have not yet been confirmed but speculation is that it will be upwards from £200K. Keep in touch with your local Ferrari dealer to get first hand details of the launch.