Called the F8 Tributo, it's the replacement for 488 GTB sports vehicle and takes inspiration from the jaw-dropping F40 from the late 1980s to early 1990 era. This is the Ferrari F8 Tributo, which is set to make its global debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show.
Due to the uprated 3.9-litre V8 engine, which now makes 720hp and 770Nm of peak torque (an increase of 10Nm over the 488 GTB), the F8 Tributo is the fastest mid-engined Ferrari yet. The F8 Tributo has a dry weight of 1330kg, a reduction of 40kg, and a claimed 0-100km/h time of 2.9 seconds.
Ferrari is coming off a record sales year that saw 9,251 of its ponies pranced out of the factory, and it's looking to keep the stampede going with its most-powerful V8 auto ever. And while Ferrari doesn't explicitly say it, the fact that it has the exact same specs as the 488 Pista hints that it could very well be the same engine. The new, more compact, horizontal LED headlights allowed Ferrari's aerodynamicists to incorporate new brake cooling intakes in combination with those on the outside of the bumper, the aim being to improve air flow throughout the entire wheelarch and thereby avoid having to increase the size of the braking system to cope with the car's greater speed. Furthermore, the F8 Tributo packs the latest version of the Side Slip Angle Control, now in 6.1 guise, as well as a smaller diameter steering wheel rim to improve control.
F8 Tributo churns out 50PS more than its predecessor, and is lighter too (minus 40 kg/88 lbs).
Swing around the back, and there's a special treat: the rear screen that shows off the engine features louvres, just like... yep, the Ferrari F40.
Besides their symbolism, they help extract hot air from the engine compartment without affecting the efficiency of the evolved blown spoiler which wraps around the taillights.
Ferrari has redesigned every part of the dashboard, door panels and central tunnel. And this is one of the reasons for which the newcomer replaces the 488 after four years. "The new generation HMI (Human Machine Interface), complete with round air vents, new steering wheel and controls as well as a new 7" passenger touchscreen display, significantly enhance the on-board environment for driver and passenger.