It seemed just like yesterday when Ferrari introduced the twin-turbocharged 488 GTB as a replacement to the 458 Italia in 2015. Since then, the 488 would go on as one of Ferrari's best selling models in the market. Now just four short years after its debut, the Italian supercar maker will already bid addio to the 488 as it introduces an all-new V8 model.
Welcome the F8 Tributo − which translates to tribute in English.
Much like it's predecessor, the F8 Tributo uses a 3.9 twin-turbo V8. However, power is now rated at 710 horsepower and torque is at 770 Nm. Should the numbers sound familiar, that's because it's the same engine in the special edition 488 Pista. That helps the F8 Tributo goes from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and zoom to 200km/h at 7.8 seconds. It reaches the same top speed as the Pista at 340 km/h.
As for styling, the F8 Tributo does have some features which are almost identical to the 488 and even the 458 such as the shape of the roof, door, side intake, and window line, showing its evolutionary design. All in all, the new look is a blend of modern design cues and a tribute to older Ferrari models.
The front end now features sharp, sweeping headlights similar to the 812 Superfast. The bumper has been redesigned featuring larger, redesigned air intakes which helps improve aerodynamics along with an enhanced hood.
At the rear, the Lexan engine cover now features three subtle louvers which, aside from extracting hot air, harkens to the iconic F40's engine cover. A larger, more prominent spoiler now wraps around the new taillights which feature a quad taillight design; said to be a homage to the 70's 308 GTB. Noticeably, there are also more vents at the rear for better air flow and cooling. All combined, Ferrari says the F8 Tributo gains 10% better aero efficiency compared to the 488.
Inside, the cabin has also been overhauled. There are new round vent designs, a smaller steering wheel and an updated interface for both the driver and passenger. Furthermore, Ferrari says that the F8 Tributo includes a new version of the 'Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+), which can be activated in the Manettino's RACE position for the first time, a move designed to make performance on the limit easier to reach and control for an even greater number of drivers.
Ferrari has not yet announced pricing for the all-new F8 Tributo just yet. The F8 Tributo will be making its public debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.