Turns out the F8 Tributo is the first of five new Ferrari models planned for 2019.
Ferrari lifted the wraps off the new mid-engined F8 Tributo supercar this week to replace the 488 GTB. It turns out, however, that the F8 is one of five new models Ferrari has planned for 2019 according to Ferrari Senior Vice President of Commercial and Marketing Enrico Galliera. "Five will come in 2019, which is probably the biggest effort,” he told Australia's WhichCar. "It's the start of the new generation of product.”
Galliera said that one of these new models will debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show, but he is most likely referring to the F8 Tributo, which has already been revealed online. Ferrari’s new mid-engine supercar is powered by the 488 Pista’s twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 that produces 720 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque.
While Galliera didn't specify which other new models will launch this year, he did provide some hints of what to expect. "Some of them are replacing existing product, some of them are not so," he said. "Already in 2019 you will see some products that are existing in the product range, and another thing that I can say is that we will nurture both the GT segment, and the sports segment."
The F8 Tributo belongs in the sports segment, so we could see a new variant of the 812 Superfast such as the rumored convertible model since it belongs in the GT segment. Ferrari is also reportedly working on a new hybrid supercar that could be more powerful than the hardcore 488 Pista.
Looking ahead, Galliera confirmed that Ferrari’s future line-up will "have two mid-rear engine products," although it isn’t clear if the other new model will be positioned above or below the F8 Tributo. Ferrari is also preparing a new model that's "more for everyday driving" and designed to attract buyers who haven’t considered a Ferrari in the past, according to Galliera. He added that he wasn’t referring to the upcoming Purosangue crossover, but a new entry-level sports car that could revive the Dino name and pack a V6.
Ferrari’s product onslaught doesn’t come as a surprise since the company’s CEO Louis Camilleri confirmed last year Ferrari will launch 15 new models by 2022. Around 60 percent of these new models will feature hybrid technology.
Thankfully, that doesn't mean Ferrari will ditch its iconic V12 engine, despite increasing emissions regulations. "The V12 is part of the heritage of the company,” Galliera said. "It will remain one of the potential elements that we can use in our model of the future together with the V8 and future with the V6. "So the technology we are going to have V12, V8, V6 turbo. Hybrid will give us the possibility to have a platform that we can mix to achieve emissions targets.”