Ferrari F8 Tributo arrives as 488 GTB replacement

The Ferrari F8 Tributo uses the 710bhp turbocharged V8 engine from the 488 Pista and has made its debut at Geneva

This is the Ferrari F8 Tributo, which made its public debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Acting as the replacement to the 488 GTB, the Italian firm’s new supercar features fresh styling, redesigned aerodynamics, more power, less weight and more technology.

The F8 Tributo revises the 488 GTB’s styling with slimmer LED headlights, larger brake-cooling intakes, new twin-pod tail-lights, a larger “S-Duct” bonnet scoop, a redesigned rear wing and a louvred Lexan engine cover inspired by the Ferrari F40.

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Ferrari claims these styling updates give the F8 Tributo improved aerodynamics and heat management than the outgoing 488 GTB. Ferrari also says that the reworked “S-Duct” alone provides a 15 per cent increase in downforce, while the louvred clamshell helps to extract heat from the engine bay.

Under the cover, the F8 Tributo uses the same 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine as the 488 Pista, which produces 710bhp and 770Nm of torque, with drive being sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to the rear wheels. Ferrari claims a 0–62mph time of 2.9 seconds, a 0–124mph time of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 211mph.

Technology updates include Ferrari’s latest “Side Slip Angle Control” system and a revised version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+). Activated by selecting the “RACE” drive mode, Ferrari claims the new software makes the F8 Tributo’s performance more accessible to a wider range of drivers.

Inside, the F8 Tributo gets a smaller diameter steering wheel, a redesigned dash, new door cards, a retrimmed transmission tunnel and a new seven-inch wide letterbox-style touchscreen display mounted in front of the passenger seat.

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A full specification for the new Ferrari F8 Tributo will be released at a later date. Pricing information is also yet to be officially announced, but we expect the F8 Tributo will position itself between the 488 GTB and the 488 Pista, with prices starting from around £200,000.

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