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Ferrari shows off new berlinetta ahead of Geneva

Mid-engined F8 Tributo replaces 488 GTB, sets up new Ferrari design language

Published: February 28, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: March 7, 2019, 4:02 AM

Ferrari F8 Tributo

Ferrari has released the first images of its new F8 Tributo, the new rear-mounted mid-engined berlinetta that replaces the 488 GTB.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

The 2-seat sports car’s name pays homage to its 710-hp 3.9-litre turbocharged V-8, which pumps out 49 more horses than that in the car it replaces.

The body itself gets a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency (with bits borrowed from the 488 Pista), which combines with a 40-kg reduction in weight, the latest version of Side Slip Angle Control, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer to improve handling and driving dynamics. Further, the steering wheel is a smaller diameter to make the car feel even more agile.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

The exterior design is a bridge to Ferrari’s new design language, starting with the front S-Duct, which made its debut in the 488 Pista (and improves downforce by 15% alone), but has been extensively modified to suit the rear changes in the F8. More compact, LED headlights allowed the incorporation of additional brake-cooling ducts.

The cabin is all-new and features a new-generation human/machine interface, complete with large digital instrument cluster and a new 7-inch touchscreen in front of the passenger.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

The car will have its global unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show.