F8 Tributo causes Ferrari frenzy

Andrew Muzamhindo..Analyst

The 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 pays tribute to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.

It is 40 kgs lighter. It has an F40-style see-through engine cover. The aerodynamics are the most advanced on a production Ferrari. There is a lot of new technology in and on the car itself

A Ferrari feeding frenzy has erupted in Europe and America as fans of the brand rush to get the first of the gorgeous all-new F8 Tributo.

The Tributo is the replacement for the 488. It comes with less weight, more power and high-tech bodywork to make it the Italian company’s most advanced V8 sports car yet. It beats the McLaren 720S in the horsepower race.

And it is the award-winning nature of the 720S that sparked Ferrari into action, but do not make the mistake of thinking it is an all-new generation of Ferrari. It’s a rework of the 488, which was a rework of the 458. So don’t be shocked if every dimension, every twist of every piece of metal, has been redesigned to put Maranello back on top of supercars ladder.

Believe it or not it has already been sold out in other countries. What’s more, more than 50 per cent of the orders are from people who are new to Ferrari
In terms of driver dynamics, Ferrari claims the Tributo raises the bar thanks to a new chassis and advanced new electronic aids to put the power to the road.
Much of the mechanical package in the Tributo has been transplanted or updated from the 488 Pista, which was the most extreme model from the previous Ferrari series. But it has also been refined to make the car quicker but no tougher to drive or own.

The headline number is 530 kW of power, which translates to a 340km/h top speed and a 0-100km/h blast in a claimed 2.9 seconds.

The F8 shares the Pista’s enhanced 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8, producing an incredible 530kW at 8000rpm and 770Nm at 3250rpm. This is a 38kW/10Nm increase over its predecessor and has resulted in even more mind-boggling performance figures. This has led to unprecedented demand for a Ferrari.

It is effectively an extensive facelift of the Ferrari 488 GTB, incorporating a lot of the technology introduced on the hardcore Ferrari 488 Pista, as well as the latest generation interior and infotainment systems.

The core of the F8 Tributo remains 488, but there have been extensive styling revisions at the front and rear. The nose incorporates the S-duct introduced by the 488 Pista which Ferrari claims increases downforce by 15%. New LED headlights allow for additional brake cooling ducts and the whole car is claimed to be 10 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the car it replaces.

At the rear the switch to quad taillights has been made, while the Lexan rear screen shaves weight with its louvres both extracting hot air from the engine bay and also providing a subtle nod to arguably Ferrari’s greatest road car, the F40.

The most obvious changes have taken place inside, with the dash, centre console and door panels all being redesigned. The 488’s ageing architecture has been updated with new round air vents, a smaller steering wheel with revised control placements, new generation infotainment and the addition of a 7.0-inch touchscreen passenger display. The infotainment system has had a much-needed upgrade in intuitiveness.

The F8 Tributo scores the S-duct at the front end, which was an aero upgrade on the 488 Pista, and it also scores the same rear end, with its air intakes moved down the back on the wider spoiler, and lay-down radiators up front.

The headlights are more modern in their technology and their ideas, slimming down with LED technology to allow for bigger brake-cooling intakes and improving airflow through the front wheelarches.

The interior has also been upgraded, though it retains the driver-focused cockpit feel. The dash, the doorskins and the transmission tunnel have all been redesigned.

You are looking at a cool US$1 million plus to land it in Zimbabwe. As ever with Ferrari, get your name down quick to avoid a very long waiting list.
andrew@muzamhindo.com

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