Ferrari has unveiled its newest supercar that replaces the stunning 488 GTB. Making its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the V8-powered beast is called the F8 Tributo and it pays homage to some of the most iconic Ferraris like the 308 GTB and the F40 through its styling and special touches. Describing it as “a celebration of excellence,” Ferrari says the new supercar “represents the highest expression of the company’s classic two-seater berlinetta.” Although the F8 Tributo has a strong resemblance to its predecessor, its far more than a simple evolution and just about every inch of the car has been revisited and updated to give it a completely new personality. The most interesting styling features of the F8 Tributo are its headlights and tail lamps. The front sports a tweaked horizontal LED headlight design which is a lot more compact than before. This has helped Ferrari engineers to incorporate ducts into the design that sends fresh air into the wheel arches to cool the brakes. The front also wears the S-Duct, a feature that made its debut on the 488 Pista. However, it has been redesigned specifically for the model to result in an impressive 15% contribution to the overall increase in downforce.
The rear of the Ferrari F8 Tributo has a lot of clearly visible design elements that pay tribute to the legendary Ferraris from the past. The rear section of the new supercar marks the return to the classic twin light cluster and body-colored tail inspired by the early 8-cylinder berlinettas like the very first in the legendary series, the 1975 308 GTB. The other highlight of the rear end is the new Lexan rear screen, which basically is a modern reinterpretation of the most distinctive design element of the Ferrari F40. The spoiler is integrated into the design and wraps around the tail lights, giving the rear a clean look. The redesign has helped the F8 Tributo become 10 percent more aerodynamically efficient than the model it replaces. Ferrari says the overall look is “the bridge to a new design language.”
The cabin has also been overhauled, with Ferrari claiming every element of the dash, door panels, and tunnel has been completely redesigned. The steering wheel has been made smaller to make the car feel more agile; a couple of buttons have also been added. Also new are the latest generation HMI (Human Machine Interface), round air vents, and an 8.5” passenger touchscreen display. The highlight of the new Ferrari F8 Tributo is the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. You might find those number familiar because they are identical to that of the special edition 488 Pista from last year. What it means is the newest Ferrari supercar is the most powerful V8 non-special series car the Italian marque has ever built. Add to that the fact that the new F8 Tributo is 88 pounds lighter than the outgoing 488 GTB and you get stunning performance figures like a Pista-matching 0-62mph time of 2.9 second and a top speed of 211mph. Details about its price, availability will be soon revealed at the Geneva Motor Show; stay tuned.