Just last week, Ferrari debuted their latest rear-engined sports car. Dubbed the F8 Tributo, it feautres the Italian carmaker’s most powerful production V8 to date. Rumour has it that it’s got a top speed of 340km/h and the ability to accelerate from 0-100 in 2.9 seconds. We just had to take a look.
Ferrari brought Man of Many out to Sydney Motorsports Park to spend a morning flogging the Tributo around the Grand Prix Circuit. I’m sure you can agree, it was a tough day in the office.
The Tributo is Ferrari’s latest model taking over for the Ferrari’s 488 GTB. Boasting more horsepower, a lighter chassis and a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, the Tributo is aimed to drivers who yearn for a high-performance experiance.
The design of the new F8 Tributo is a clear tribute to the Ferrari’s F8’s of old. Saying that the new silhouette is nothing if not sporty and unadorned. The front of the car is characterised by the S-Duct engine intake and more compact LED headlights. The flanks are dominated by the evident muscular forms and familiar air intakes. You’ll be happy to hear, the all-new spoiler is larger and more pronounced and the new way the taillights wrap around the rear is super sexy. Another exquisite feature of note is the rear window that presents the V8 engine like a work of art.
Inside, the cockpit retains the classic look of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engine Berlinettas. Although, every element of the dash, door panels and tunnel have been completely redesigned. When sitting behind the wheel, it’s as if you’re at the helm of a modern F1 car. The new-generation steering wheel is draped with the usual carbon fibre elements and ‘rari red buttons and knobs. The devil is truly in the details and we simply can’t go past the red stitching that comes as standard on the seats.
The dash is completed with aluminium and more slivers of carbon fibre. The classic instrument cluster features a central rev-counter and, if you really want to show off, you can add an optional 7-inch touchscreen display that’ll display your speed on the passenger’s side of the dash.
The F8 Tributo is one of those cars that just yearns to see track tarmac. The sleek silhouette is, no doubt, at home amongst other supercars of Sydney. But, whilst others might be content to stick to the traffic of Double Bay, you’d being doing yourself – and the car – a disservice if you didn’t allow it regular chances to unleash. Luckily for us, we were at one of the best places in Sydney to do this (legally).
The Tributo’s Biturbo 3.9-litre V8 pumps out a modest 530kW at 8000rpm and 770Nm of torque at 3250rpm. That’s over 720hp in old money. With power like this, you’ll be surprised to know just how accessible the Tributo is. Into corners, the nose of the F8 dug in, gripping to the road, making handling tight fairly breezy. Even after breaking late from a +100kmph approach. As if you’re bowling with the gutters up, it’s beautifully designed with the normal driver in mind.
That being said, given an opportunity the F8 will easily put out a bellow of power that’ll have you finding 250kmph at half-throttle. She’s lean and mean and, no matter how lovely, demands respect.
Another demanding feature is the price of the new Ferrari F8 Tributo. You’ll find starting prices around $484,888 and quickly exceeding half a milly if you start to add features. For us, the exhilarating performance, exquisite engine and unprecedented handling makes the F8 Tributo a future classic for Ferrari and one of the best 8-cylinders in the world.