While the venerable Ferrari 488 is heading to pasture, the new model, the Ferrari F8 Spider, is chomping at the bit to get out on the open road. The F8 was announced in Maranello, where it was revealed that this new model has plenty of improvements over previous cars.
Of course, the most often asked about improvement is what has Ferrari done with the engine. For the F8, Ferrari went with a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8. Settled snugly behind the driver, the engine pounds out 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Gifted with a lighter crankshaft, flywheel, and connecting rods, this new engine comes in 40 pounds less than the 488 Spider. That’s not the only weight savings that Ferrari has implemented for the F8. The exhaust manifolds are also lighter. In order to comply with EU emissions requirements, the F8 has also been outfitted with a new gas particulate filter.
Up front, the F8 has special LED headlights that are narrow so as to better highlight the car’s aerodynamic scoop (the S-duct). The air intakes are farther back in the F8 than what they were in the 488, which will help improve airflow to the engine. A less pronounced rear spoiler with engine vents finishes off the back end.
What may attract the most attention for the F8, however, is the retractable hard top. Taking only 14 seconds to deploy, the hard top can even be retracted while driving up to 28 miles per hour. Two buttresses sit behind the driver and passenger seatbacks when the top is down (it slides under a tonneau cover above the engine). Having the top down gives a nice view of the minimalist interior, which can include a 7-inch touchscreen display in front of the passenger seat if requested. The driver has a classic gauge cluster as well as a center-mounted tachometer.
The F8 also comes with a few new technologies that are meant to help the driver get the most out of the car without exceeding any limits. The Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer + uses brake vectoring to give the driver a bit more control as corners are exited. Should the car fishtail at all, Ferrari’s Side Slip Control system will step in to help the driver maintain control.
Ferrari is stepping into a new era with a new supercar—the F8 Spider—leading the way.