Ferrari Philippines may be used to launching new models with intimate gatherings at their BGC dealership, but given the situation, that's just not possible.

So, after long delays due to the quarantine protocols, Ferrari has now been able to launch the F8 Tributo, the successor to (and improved version of) the 488 GTB mid-engined, twin-turbo sports car in the country... albeit online.

“As the official and exclusive dealer of Ferrari in the Philippines, we fully embrace the values that Ferrari upholds. Expect that our integrity and quality of service are particularly met with the standards set by Ferrari.” said Mody Llamas, Jr., Motostrada President. “The iconic release of the Ferrari F8 Tributo here in our country perfectly mirrors Motostrada's direction: to be the leader in automotive innovation, unafraid of fusing the historic past and the revolutionary future for the ever-growing and exclusive Ferrari community.”

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The local premiere (as is the standard now) happened last night after Ferrari's official dealer in the Philippines, Motostrada, revealed the new model to a large online audience via their social media page. Leading the event was Motostrada President Mody Llamas, Jr. and Wellington Soong, Motostrada Chairman Emeritus.

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“From outstanding performance, speed, and excellence, the racing legacy of Ferrari has brought a unique and exclusive experience to car enthusiasts in our country,” said Wellington Soong.  “Today, we at Motostrada have unveiled the illustrious Italian company's latest and fastest sports car to-date -- the Ferrari F8 Tributo.”

Ferrari PH launches F8 Tributo with 720 HP twin turbo V8 image

During the premiere, Ferrari Philippines showed the many improvements to the 488 GTB in order to create the F8 Tributo such as the redesigned front end for radically enhanced aerodynamics such as the S-duct for increased downforce and vents flanking the headlamps to improve brake cooling.

The redesign also gives the F8 a more inspiring look, especially with the horizontal headlamps (as opposed to the more vertical ones the 488 used to have). Other key exterior features include new wheels, a lightweight Lexan engine cover (a nod to the Ferrari F40), and twin round taillights on either side (a nod to classic Ferrari berlinettas).

Ferrari PH launches F8 Tributo with 720 HP twin turbo V8 image

Ferrari's Centro Stile says the new look is an introduction to their new design language moving forward that prioritizes performance and aerodynamics. Ferrari says the F8 Tributo is the most aero efficient mid-rear-engined production berlinetta they have ever made.

Ferrari PH launches F8 Tributo with 720 HP twin turbo V8 image

The interior has likewise been fully redesigned with a new dashboard, new aluminum panels or carbon fiber trims, and many other enhancements. One key feature of the F8 Tributo's interior is a smaller diameter steering wheel which will be somewhat more standard in other Ferrari models.

Ferrari PH launches F8 Tributo with 720 HP twin turbo V8 image

For performance, the F8 Tributo uses an improved version of the F154 twin-turbo V8 engine that Ferrari has been using since the California T. As some Ferrari fans would know, the 488 GTB became the first Ferrari with a mid-engined twin-turbo since the F40, and in that model, the engine made 670 PS and 760 Nm of torque. The enhanced F154 CG is the more powerful version and matches the performance of the 488 Pista model with 720 PS (+50 compared to 488 GTB) and 770 Nm of torque (+10 compared to 488 GTB). Only the SF90 Stradale hybrid supercar has more power.

As before, the only transmission option is Ferarri's 7-speed dual-clutch sending power to the rear wheels.

Ferrari PH launches F8 Tributo with 720 HP twin turbo V8 image

There are many more features in the F8 Tributo such as new dynamic control systems, improvements to the mannetino, and the like, but for that, it's best to consult with Ferrari Philippines.

As for price, well, Ferrari doesn't generally release the price as an SRP because each model is very much customizable depending on the client's preferences such as special leather, custom embroidery, colors, so on and so forth. But what we can tell you is that the price of the F8 Tributo has 8 digits, and starts with a 3.

If you want to know more, visit the Motostrada dealership in BGC.