Ferrari continued their V8 mid-engined saga with the F8 Tributo, which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show last year.
It’s not a major technological departure over the 488 GTB that preceded it, as it soldiers on with the same 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8. The engine does bring major improvements though and boasts 49 HP (50 PS / 37 kW) and 7 lb-ft (10 Nm) of torque more than its predecessor.
This means a total output of 710 HP (720 PS / 530 kW) produced at 8,000 rpm and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) available from 3,250 rpm. That’s virtually identical to the 488 Pista, and translates into 2.9 seconds required for the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h), 7.8 seconds for the 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) and a 211 mph (340 km/h) maximum speed.
Six months after the unveiling of the F8 Tributo, the F8 Spider followed it, with a retractable hard top that takes 14 seconds to operate and can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 28 mph (45 km/h). A bit heavier than its fixed-roof sibling, it shares the same 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint time of 2.9 seconds and has an identical top speed, yet it’s 0.4 seconds slower in the 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) sprint.
With the roof up, the F8 Spider behaves very similarly to the F8 Tributo, with very little difference between them that won’t be noticed by the average driver. Open the hard top, however, and a small difference in torsional rigidity becomes more evident. Nonetheless, it is very responsive on twisty roads and despite featuring two turbochargers, the lag is barely noticeable. Ingress and egress are facilitated by the wide opening doors, and once inside, you will find yourself surrounded by premium materials – which, of course, is expected from a supercar that costs in the region of $300,000.
There’s no denying that the F8 Spider is a dream ride, and it may very well be the best in the segment. This is what Autocar claimed after driving it, as they claimed it to be superior to the McLaren 720S and Lamborghini Huracan.