When it drops its top (as you know it will), Maranello's latest Spider will look something like this.
There are some things you can take as given in the automotive industry. Electric vehicles, for example, will keep improving their range. Porsche, for another, will keep making money hand over fist. And when Ferrari comes out with a new mid-engined, eight-cylinder supercar, the convertible version won't be far behind.
That's been the case with every iteration since the 348, carrying through the F355, 360, F430, 458, and 488. And you can bet dollars to fritelle it'll ring true for the new F8 Tributo set to bow in Geneva this week.
A further evolution of the naturally aspirated 458 Italia and the turbocharged 488 GTB, the new F8 Tributo will form the core of the Prancing Horse marque's range. It packs a further evolution of Maranello's celebrated 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, tuned to deliver the same 711 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque as the hardcore 488 Pista. Channeled to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, it'll rocket to 62 in 2.9 seconds and top out at 211 mph. And you can expect it'll lap the Fiorano test track about as quick as the Pista's 1:21.5.
You can also expect the Spider version (rendered at top by X-Tomi Design and Nikita Aksyonov) to adopt the same folding hardtop mechanism that Ferrari has used on each of its V8 supercars since the 458 Spider, transforming it into a best-of-both-worlds proposition (and taking only a slight hit in performance in return).
Maranello's track record also leads us to anticipate that the F8 Spider will likely bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show this coming fall, and will command a (relatively) modest premium over the fixed-roof version we'll be ogling in Geneva in just a couple of days from now.