Ferrari has just treated us to the first glimpse of the upcoming Ferrari F8 Tributo, the 488’s more powerful successor. The centre of every car enthusiasts’ attention this morning will be officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 next week. She’s light, she’s powerful, and boy is she pretty.
As is the case with most supercars, the Ferrari F8 Tributo’s design is born on the track and reverse engineered for the road. Therefore, power and aerodynamics are at its core. It’s got the same 3.9-litre V8 engine as the 488 had before it, which lends the F8 Tributo a handy 710 horsepower. That’s 100 more than the bulkier but loveable Lamborghini Huracán.
The F8 Tributo is expected to hit 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 211 mph (roughly 340 km/h). A fashionable S-duct as the front – along with a few aesthetic adjustments to improve aerodynamics – results in a 15% increase in downforce. And it’s 40kg lighter than the 488, which in supercar numbers is a shitload.
In terms of appearance, the F8 Tributo is a classic Ferrari made contemporary. Let me be clear: that’s a very good thing. Nods to the automaker’s legacy include a rear glass engine cover, a nice little homage to the classic F40 and the perfect way to show off what’s inside. The rest of the car is sleek, delicate yet masculine, and unmistakably formidable.