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The Ferrari F8 has the most potent Ferrari V8 engine, ever

Not only does it replace the 488 GTB, the F8 one-ups it the previous car

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Christopher Ng

25 Mar 2019


The heart of the matter here is its engine, which Maranello says is the company’s most powerful 3.9-litre V8 turbo for a regular Ferrari, not the special edition ones for those are on a class of its own. And you’ll find this engine in the company’s latest car, the Ferrari F8 Tributo that takes the place of the 488 GTB.

In total, the F8 Tributo punches with 710hp and 770Nm of torque, which gets lobbed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. It results in a 0-100kph time of 2.9 seconds and a 0-200kph time of 7.9 seconds, and it tops out at 340kph. 

The F8 features a new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) that can be activated in the manettino’s RACE position. The FDE+ puts the Ferrari on its performance limit while still allowing controllability for drivers with various skill levels. 

Aerodynamics also has a hand in the F8’s performance. Adopted from the 488 Pista, the F8 Tributo has wings and vanes that helps with the cooling and the downforce. One such element of downforce is the S-Duct located on the front of the car, which increases downforce by 15% compared to the 488 GTB. Slimmer headlights allowed new brake cooling intakes to combine with those on the bumper, improving airflow throughout the wheel arch and cool the brakes quicker, eliminating the need for bigger brakes.

You’ll still be able to drool at the new V8 engine through the new Lexan glass, which is louvred like the F40 to pull hot air out of the engine bay. It also helps with the aerodynamics by not disturbing the efficiency of the blown spoiler. 

Although the F8 Tributo replaces the 488 GTB, its design doesn’t stray far from the car it replaces. The car’s designers, Ferrari Styling Centre, says the F8 Tributo acts as a bridge to the next generation design language. Their focus for this car is its aerodynamic efficiency. 

Whether it is a bridge or a placeholder, it looks like Ferrari have pulled the covers off another stunner.

Contributed by CT



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