Motostrada Inc., the official Ferrari and Maserati distributor in the Philippines officially launches the Ferrari F8 Tributo in the country. The new Ferrari F8 lineup continues the Italian supercar manufacturer’s long line of berlinettas. While it may share a lot with the 488 GTB it replaces, the powertrain has seen a significant performance improvement.
Ferrari says that the F8 Tributo serves as “a bridge to a new design language.” It shares a lot design-wise with the 488 while incorporating a few details seen in Ferrari’s next-generation of supercars. The front is characterized by the Italian brand’s signature S-Duct. This design detail alone increases downforce by as much as 15 percent compared to the 488 GTB. The LED headlights, meanwhile, are now slimmer and feature a horizontal design. This enabled designers to add brake cooling ducts above the headlights, which also results in better airflow at the wheel arches. At the back, the Ferrari F8 Tributo’s Lexan rear glass features louvers that pay homage to the Ferrari F40. Ferrari’s signature twin circular taillight design make their return in the F8 as well.
If there’s any more proof that the Ferrari F8 Tributo is an evolution of the 488, that would be the interior. However, Ferrari says that the driver-oriented dash design is completely new. Drivers will be greeted by a single analog tachometer flanked by two LCD displays acting as the car’s infotainment system. Customers can also opt for an optional secondary 7-inch touch screen for the passenger side, and a carbon fiber steering wheel with LED shift lights. As with every Ferrari, almost the entire interior is customizable to the customer’s liking, from the stitching to the type of leather and even the embroidery.
Under the hood of the Ferrari F8 Tributo is an improved version of the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine found in the 488 GTB. With 710 hp and 770 Nm of torque on tap, it produces the exact same numbers as the limited-run 488 Pista. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic that’s also used in the 488 Pista. Zero to 100 kph happens in just 2.9 seconds while the zero to 200 kph sprint happens in 7.8 seconds. Top speed is at 340 kph.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo is now on sale at the sole Ferrari and Maserati dealership in Bonifacio Global City. As usual, Motorstrada has not given any pricing for its latest supercar since these vehicles are highly customizable to the customer’s preference. However, it is estimated that this supercar has a starting price of P30 million.