Ferrari has just replaced the 488 GTB with something beautiful: the F8 Tributo. The 488 GTB broke ground at the 2015 Geneva Motor show, and now that it has been four years, Ferrari deemed it was time for something new. And I absolutely love the decision.
Tributo is Italian for "tribute" and I'm assuming that the F8 means "freaking gr8", but I could be wrong. Frankly, who cares about the name though. What we care about is how it looks and how it goes. Lets start with the latter.
The F8 Tributo will pack a 710 horsepower punch and have have 568 lb-ft of grunt. There is no coincidence that those numbers mirror the Ferrari 488 Pista. The F8 Tributo is basically a Pista with different looks. This is slightly heavier than the Pista, but lighter than its predecessor, the 488, by 88 lbs. The F8 Tributo will go from 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and will do 0-124 mph in 7.8 seconds. Flat out, this car will hit 211 mph - same as the Pista.
The engine in this car is absolutely incredible. It has won many awards, and Ferrari is quite proud of the engine:
“The name is an homage to both the model’s uncompromising layout and to the engine that powers it – with a massive 720 cv and a record specific power output of 185 cv/l, it is the most powerful V8 in Prancing Horse history for a non-special series car and sets the benchmark not just for turbos, but for engines across the board. The 3902 cc V8 won “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year awards three years running in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and, in addition, in 2018, was awarded the title of the best engine of the last two decades.”
Truly impressive engine.
Now that we know how it goes, lets analyze the looks.
For starters, its GORGEOUS. It looks aggressive, but not absurd. Aerodynamics have played a major part in this cars image. The F8 Tributo is 10% more aerodynamically efficient than the 488. The front has an air channel that flows from the front splitter up through the hood. There are other air intakes above the lights and on either side of the front bumper. The F8 Tributo does share the same side vent and dual exhaust as the 488, but that's about it.
The rear end is a huge step up, in my opinion. They have added two extra lights (like other models in the Ferrari lineup). In between those lights is a cut in the body that kind of separates the body from the rear wing, and it is glorious. The rear defuser is much more aggressive and flows well with the body lines. Ferrari has also added some rear air vents and swapped out the glass above the engine for a Lexan cover that has some cuts for airflow.
The interior is more of the same with Ferrari. A few air vent changes and the passenger display seems to be slightly different. The steering wheel is also slightly smaller. But why change an interior that already looks as good as this?
This may come as a shock, especially since I am a Ferrari Fanboy: I really liked the 488 GTB, but never loved it. However, I do love the F8 Tributo. The looks make me drool. It has silly speed. The engine is one of the best ever. I may... MAY even say that I like this more than a 458. Those are not words to be taken lightly.