Ferrari reveals the 211mph F8 Tributo – its latest car that pays homage to the iconic F40
- The F8 Tributo is a £200,000 refresh of the 488 GTB Ferrari sports car
- It’s powered by a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 710bhp
- 0-62mph takes 2.9 seconds. 0-124mph is just 7.8 seconds. Top speed is 211mph
- Can you spot the styling features that hark back to the legendary F40?
Ferrari has offered a first glimpse at its latest achingly-beautiful road car – and one that pays tribute to the most iconic model of the modern era.
Called the F8 Tributo, it’s the replacement for 488 GTB sports car and takes inspiration from the jaw-dropping F40 from the late 1980s to early 1990 era.
While in essence it is just a facelift of the 488, Ferrari says every panel on the F8 Tributo is new, bar the doors and rear flanks.
Can you spot the one styling element pinched from the monumental F40?
V8 Tributo: This is Ferrari’s refresh job on the 488 GTB that will be hitting the road later this year
The F8 Tributo makes its full in-metal debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but the Maranello manufacturer has decided to give the public a first taste with a selection of official shots of the new V8 sports car.
The engine is the same 3.9-litre twin-turbo eight-cylinder unit from the 488 Pista, which produces an internal-organ-squeezing 710bhp.
As with the model it replaces, that wealth of rampaging Italian horses is sent via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to the rear wheels to produce some fairly eye-watering performance stats.
This includes a zero to 62mph sprint time of just 2.9 seconds, 124mph in just another 4.9 seconds and a top speed – if you never want to see your driving licence ever again – of 211mph.
Every panel on the V8 Tributo is new, bar the doors and the rear flanks, says the Italian manufacturer
The engine is the same 3.9-litre twin-turbo eight-cylinder unit from the 488 Pista , which produces an internal-organ-squeezing 710bhp
But it’s the looks that are the big talking point of the F8 Tributo.
It’s been gifted a swathe of fresh styling cue, reformed aerodynamics and a feature that’s not been seen since the F40 that went out of production some 27 years ago.
Up front there are new slimmer LED lights, gawping brake-cooling air intakes and a more deeply engraved bonnet scoop.
Cast your eyes to the back and you’ll spot an all-new rear wing and two homages to the F40 – twin-pod rear lights and the louvred Lexan engine cover sheltering the thunderous V8 powerplant beneath.
This isn’t just a tribute party piece – the clamshell rear deck extracts excess heat from the engine bay, as well as looking outrageously cool.
The louvred Lexan engine cover sheltering the thunderous V8 powerplant beneath is a modern take on the one featured on the F40. This gorgeous clamshell rear deck extracts excess heat from the engine bay, as well as looking outrageously cool
The redeisgn also includes new slimmer LED lights, gawping brake-cooling air intakes and a more deeply engraved bonnet scoop
Inside, the steering wheel has been marginally shrunk and the passenger gets a letterbox-style touchscreen display
To ensure the F8 Tributo can keep pace with rivals like the McLaren 720S and Lamborghini’s Aventador, the Italian factory has also thrown a host of new tech features at it’s middleweight contender.
These are activated via the ‘RACE’ drive mode, suggesting they’re aimed at making the F8 Tributo quicker – and easier for novices – to hurtle around a track.
Upgrades on the inside are more modest, including a new wheel design, a modified dashboard that features an enhanced touchscreen that’s the size of a letterbox in front of the passenger seat.
Prices and full specification has yet to be released by Ferrari, who will be holding those cards close to its chest until the wraps come off in Geneva.
Being a direct replacement for the 488 GTB, expect the cheapest of F8 Tributos to set customers back around £200,000.
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