2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo First Drive: It'S Absolutely Electrifying

MARANELLO, Italy—There"s nothing quite lượt thích the last days of summer in Italy. The lush, grapevine-covered hills just outside of Maranello, home of Ferrari, are bathed in warmth and sunlight as the people lucky enough lớn hotline this place home page contentedly go about their day in short sleeves và light summer dresses. It"s an infectious state of being that has the music of Ennio Morricone playing in our head. As we soak in the scenery, for a split second it"s possible khổng lồ forget that we"re behind the wheel of the 20trăng tròn Ferrari F8 Tribulớn, the iconic marque"s lademo mid-engine, V-8-powered sports oto.

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Then, suddenly aware of our slower pace, we give the left shift paddle of the F8 Tributo a tug, mostly just to hear that engine braaaaappp! it"s way up the tachometer, and then spit and crackle to lớn clear its throat before singing its way toward 8,000 rpm once more. We"re not the only ones who love sầu this engine: The F8 Tributo was named in honor of its own powertrain.


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Ferrari is understandably proud of its twin-turbo V-8. The distinctive sầu, flat-plane-crank engine has won several awards from the European motoring press and wide acclayên ổn from Automobile for its potency and immediacy of response—even if the turbos temper the raucous sounds of the now ancient-feeling 458. In F8 Tribukhổng lồ guise, it produces 710 horsepower from 3.9 liters, as much oomph as the limited-edition 488 Pista, Ferrari"s track-focused variant of the 488 GTB. The additional forza comes via a small bump in compression ratio, changes to lớn the intake plenum and shorter intake runners, more aggressive sầu cam profiles, & reduced rotating mass achieved via hollow valves và lightened titanium connecting rods, crankshaft, và flywheel. It also features a lighter manifold made of Inconel, along with a turbocharger-speed sensor lifted straight from the 488 Challenge race oto.


All said and done, around 40 pounds have been shaved from the engine, and some 80 pounds off the car overall compared to lớn a base 488. In fact, Ferrari says fully half of the engine"s components are new to lớn the F8 Tribulớn and despite the extra power, emissions have been incrementally reduced, helping the oto pass ever tightening regulations in China, amuốn other markets.


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While the rest of the car may look a lot like its forebearer, there are enough evolutionary changes—especially in the aerodynamics realm—lớn make for a dramatically different experience. The front end borrows the 488 Pista"s S-duct lớn feed air directly through the front over & out the hood, while the front cooling system is lifted from the 488 Challenge race oto, feeding air khổng lồ the intercooler more efficiently. The gaping intakes on the rear fenders are also revised và vortex generators on the car"s underside help suchồng it lớn the ground. Meanwhile, moving flaps at the bottom rear of the oto can stall the diffuser when extra downforce isn"t needed, similar khổng lồ Sebastian Vettel"s Ferrari SF90 Formula 1 car.


That"s all forward-thinking công nghệ, but the F8 Tributo has plenty of ties to Ferrari"s storied past in its exterior thiết kế. The rear fascia has been completely restyled with a reversion to lớn quad taillights tucked subtly under the lip of the rear decklid, a signature Ferrari focal point from past V-8-powered cars like the 308 và F355. The rear window is lightweight Lexan with vents cut horizontally, a throwbachồng khổng lồ the rip-roaring F40 superoto introduced in 1987 for the brand"s 40th anniversary. Even the stylized, slightly twisted penta-spoke wheels reGọi the Cromodora pieces used on the 1969 365 GTB/4 Daytona and most other models well inlớn the 1990s. As has become Ferrari protocol, the F8 Tribukhổng lồ is a more aggressive sầu take on the oto that went before it, with a nose influenced by the upcoming, 986-hp SF90 Stradale hybrid supercar & the FXXK-Evo development car. The body toàn thân cutouts for the front headlights look similar khổng lồ the 488, but space is now made for air intakes at the top of the "L" shape to lớn vent fresh, cooling air lớn the brakes. Ferrari says it"s enough venting lớn keep from needing larger brakes and the greater unsprung weight they bring.


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The interior of the F8 Tribukhổng lồ has also been completely revised, with a new dashboard, center console, door panels, air vents, và reduced-diameter steering wheel that Ferrari says is for greater precision—we also appreciated the greater thigh clearance it allows. There"s also an optional updated, thin 7.0-inch display on the right side of the cockpit that displays all the vital info from tach và speevì so your passenger doesn"t have lớn lean inlớn your space lớn see how severely you"re breaking the law. We also like that Ferrari has maintained its large analog tachometer, centrally mounted on the instrument panel. It"s flanked by two digital screens that can offer tốc độ, navigation instructions, và other vehicle data.


We started our day at Pista di Fiorano, Ferrari"s very own demo traông xã that has been used khổng lồ develop its road & race cars since it was built in 1972. It"s hallowed ground & we"d be lying if we said we didn"t get a few goosebumps as we pulled onto lớn the traông xã for the first time. The circuit is a set of high-speed sweepers, a mid-tốc độ right-left transition, two hairpins, and a couple sharp right handers, with two long straights thrown in for good measure. With the F8"s Manettino dial switched lớn Race, we reveled in the F8"s throaty exhaust note, which engineers have tuned with longer exhaust runners to allow for more high-frequency notes. Though the sound still can"t compare to lớn the shrieking wail of the F355, it"s certainly more sonorous than the 488 GTB & the added oomph is readily apparent. Power nguồn comes on svào from low revolutions with nary a trace of turbo lag và builds linearly, while the 17 percent reduction in rotating mass in the engine means the car revs out even more eagerly. But more than all that, it"s the car"s balance và the ease with which it can be driven quickly that makes it a star.

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On our second hot lap, we toggled khổng lồ CT Off mode, which removes traction control from the equation, allowing us to lớn try Ferrari"s newest version of its Slip Slide Control (SSC 6.1). Ferrari says this lademo update decreases the amount of steering effort needed lớn maintain a drift, và while the threat of balling up an expensive sầu piece of Rosso Corsa machinery demanded we play things safe, we were able to enjoy a lovely little tail-out slide on Fiorano"s final wide hairpin before neatly bringing it bachồng in again. The system is transparent enough that we"re left to lớn wonder if we should have sầu applied for that Scuderia Ferrari thử nghiệm driver position, if only for a brief second. The recalibrated brake pedal is positive-feeling underfoot, with greater effort—not greater travel—dictating how quickly you come to a stop. The result is a system that feels less grabby than the 488 GTB"s with noticeably better modulation, even with carbon-ceramic discs (which remained quiet in all conditions). We didn"t notice any fade, though we were limited khổng lồ a warm-up lap, two hot laps, và a cooldown lap before bringing the F8 back in.


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As exciting as the F8 Tribukhổng lồ is on the track, Ferrari will be quiông xã khổng lồ tell you that the 488 Pista is still its most track-focused Model. The F8 is designed khổng lồ shine more on road, where its combination of Pista power & magically plush ride might just make it the quickest, most capable sports oto we"ve driven on real-world roads. More comfortable and relaxed than a Porsbít 911 GT2 RS, more compact feeling and confidence inspiring than a McLaren 720S, the F8 Tributo lớn simply devoured the winding, hillside backroads nestled in the Monghidoro hills. We alternated between Sport và Race settings on the road và found that the latter offered a nifty bộ combo of allowing small slides (SCC is engaged in both Race and CT Off) but still a broad safety net without feeling stifling. Press a steering-wheel-mounted button lớn engage the suspension"s Bumpy Road mode và the oto remains well composed even on the more neglected stretches of Italian tarmac.


Ferrari"s seven-tốc độ dual-clutch transmission feels delightful as ever, with rapid yet smooth shifts up và down the "box (our on-trachồng test oto had the optional wheel-mounted shift lights, while our road oto did not) & the column-mounted shift paddles ensure you always know which is up và down even when the wheel is turned past 180 degrees of loông xã. We also found the redesigned wheel makes the turn signal buttons more difficult khổng lồ hit accidentally, a gesture that shows Ferrari is sweating the small stuff.


Is a 710-hp car too much for the road? It"s easy lớn think so & certainly, we could have done with less power for road driving. While it"s rare that we ever found an opportunity to lớn flat-foot the throttle in search of that claimed 2.9-second zero-to-60-mph sprint (let alone the claimed 211-mph top speed), the car never made us feel that we weren"t making good use of its performance envelope, even on narrow switchbacks that seemed better suited lớn a small Fiat 500.


What didn"t we like? Very little, but we will say that the new Lexan rear window, while terrific looking from outside the car, really limits rear visibility. The field of vision is already narrow, but the lightweight plastic material distorts the view và we found ourselves looking through just a single slit of the window to get any clarity. Combined with the wide intakes on the rear fenders, it can be a challenge to lớn tell if the local Carabinieri is coming up from behind. Also, the infotainment interface still isn"t the easiest to lớn work with, và the navigation system often suggested that a sharp turn in the road ahead was actually a turn onkhổng lồ a different road.


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Though the residents of Maranello are understandably jaded to the sight of yet another Ferrari (the town is full of rental outfits providing tourists brief drives in current and past models), this was not the case as we passed through small towns & villages in more remote areas. Old men drinking grappage authority in cafés all turn in their chairs, mouths open, to watch the F8 Tribukhổng lồ pass by. Young schoolboys jump và shout as we approach, their genuine excitement possibly bettered only by the arrival of Christmas morning.


On the derestricted autostradomain authority on the way bachồng lớn Maranello, DRS engaged, we were tailed by an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio for some distance at speeds well into the triple digits. The F8 Tributo remained serene and sublime—but never sterile. While a mid-engine oto is always going lớn require more attention & skill lớn drive sầu quickly than one with a higher polar moment of inertia, the F8 Tribukhổng lồ is possibly the easiest driving & quickest oto we"ve yet experienced on unfamiliar backroads. Some of those we traveled were part of the old Mille Miglia route, và there"s no doubt our 7/10ths pace was beyond that of the full-on race cars that competed in the original events though 1957, when the race was banned for safety concerns.


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Of course, all this goodness doesn"t come cheaply, especially when there"s a cavallino rampante badge on the hood. The base price is $275,580 & if you add in some extras (Ferrari has upped the amount of its optional carbon-fiber offerings by some 50 percent, and they now include a mix of 20-inch wheels) you"ll likely be at the $350,000 mark without too much effort. That said, rumor has it that the next entry-màn chơi mid-engine Ferraris will harken baông xã to the Dino line with a twin-turbocharged V-6, effectively ending a 40-plus-year tradition of mid-engine V-8 Ferrari sports cars. If you"re feeling sentimental, you love sầu Ferraris, và you have the means, now"s the time to put a new F8 in your garage.


2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo lớn Specifications
ON SALEDecember 2019
BASE PRICE$275,580
ENGINE3.9L DOHC 32-valve sầu twin-turbo V-8; 710 hp
3,250 rpm
TRANSMISSION7-tốc độ dual-clutch automatic
LAYOUT2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, RWD coupe
EPA MILEAGE14/19 mpg (city/hwy, est)
L x W x H181.5x 77.9 x 47.4 in
WHEELBASE104.3 in
WEIGHT3,164 lb
0-60 MPH2.9 sec
TOPhường. SPEED211 mph

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