Ferrari has just revealed their replacement for the 488 GTB: the F8 Tributo.
When the Ferrari 488 arrived in 2015, it was widely regarded as the best supercar of its day. A powerful twin-turbo engine and the latest in Ferrari’s aerodynamic refinements combined to create a truly spectacular supercar. And today, just 4 years later, Ferrari is already replacing it with something even better.
They call it the F8 Tributo, which is Italian for Tribute. Ferrari didn’t explain what this car was a tribute for in their press release, but we’re thinking it’s just a general tribute to every car they’ve ever made. It sounds like something they’d do.
Under the hood is the same engine found on the best 488 available, the 488 Pista, which came with a 3.9-L twin-turbo V8 with 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. The F8 Tributo also matches the Pista in terms of performance, going from zero to sixty in just 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 211 mph.
That’s a 6 mph improvement over the outgoing GTB and a 49 hp bump.
Ferrari is particularly proud of their engine and notes that it won "best engine" in the International Engine Awards for three years running from 2016. Will they get it again in 2019? Probably.
Just like the 488, the engine is mounted in the middle-rear and therefore stores luggage in the front. It also shares the same general shape of the 488 but with clear refinements to the nose, hood, and rear of the vehicle.
Aerodynamic efficiency has been improved by 10%, while Ferrari’s Side Slip Angle Control has been upgraded to version 6.1. Ferrari’s Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) has also been upgraded, although they declined to say what version it’s on.
On the inside, the steering wheel is smaller in diameter to give it a more racing feel. Round air vents replace the 488's angular ones, and the whole dash and instrument cluster has been redesigned, although you still get the same 3 button launch control where a parking brake should be. The passenger side also gets a brand new 7" infotainment screen to keep them occupied.
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but we’re sure to get more when Ferrari unveils the real deal at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.