Ferrari F8 Tributo: The last true mid-engine V8
Ferrari has started the sale of the F8 Tributo in India silently. The Italian wears a premium price tag of 4.02 crores.
The F8 Tributo is the successor to the 488GTB. Good and sad news being it comes with a V8 and its the last V8 from the Italians. This marks the end of an era from the Italian prancing horse. From now on the company will focus on making V6 motors and hybrids.
The heart consists of 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 produces an earth-shattering 720bhp with 770Nm torque. All this power channeled down via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission gearbox. It screams all the way to 8000 rpm, way louder than your noisy neighbours.
The Italians claim this thing to go from 0-100kmph in 2.9 seconds. While the 0-200kmph in 7.8 seconds. Top speed? An easy-wizey 340kmph. That's a lot of speed and that's one hell of an acceleration. To stop all this drama the Prancing Horse is fitted with a 398-millimeter brake disc with a width of 38-millimeter in front. At rear 360-millimeter with a width of 32-millimeter. These Ferrari branded brakes stop all that momentum from 200kmph to dead stop in 120 meters. Impressive!
Those massive Ferrari branded brakes when hot the front brakes get cooled due to the channel created at front. For the rear brakes, it sucks in air from large vents behind the door. Mind it they cool the engine too.
All those sharper stylings and yet it carries some bits from its predecessor the magnificent 488GTB. Well its always good to carry the family genes. The company claims it to produce 15 percent more downforce while being 40kg less. Dieting.
The 488 GTB successor gets a new headlamp setup, sharper crease, new vents to channel the air, F1 inspired S-duct for forced induction (Pista?). All these pieces come together to form a stylish, sporty, aggressive, and masculine look.
Head inside and you will be greeted with a new interior. All the controls near the vicinity of the driver's hand movement and that gives it an F1 cockpit essence with the flat-bottom steering wheel and paddle shifters to change the gears and downshift every time you approach a tunnel. Well everyone loves the symphony of V8 engines.
Everywhere you touch on the dashboard it screams premium leather/Alcantara and carbon fiber. Oh, relax being a Ferrari the exhaust is loud enough to muffle the sound of that supposed to be school going kid screaming at UN assembly.
The F8 Tributo houses in a fancy 7.0-inch touch screen infotainment system. The Ferrari hosts multiple features including Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (to be used in Race mode). Apart from that, it gets F track which is F1 traction control with the electronic differentials for better traction. Making it easier to tame than 488GTB.
What a perfect way to pay respect to its predecessor from 2015. Salute.