We got up close with Ferrari’s new 488 GTB replacement at Geneva.
One of the most anticipated new models at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show was the debut of Ferrari’s new mid-engined supercar. The F8 Tributo broke cover online last week as a replacement for the 488 GTB, but it looks even more fetching in the metal.
While it looks similar to the 488 GTB on first glance, the F8 Tributo has a more aggressive front fascia than its predecessor with a redesigned S-Duct that contributes 15 percent to the overall increase in downforce. Ferrari says the F8 Tributo’s aerodynamic efficiency has improved by 10 percent compared to the 488 GTB thanks to modifications made to the restyled body.
Redesigned LED lights also make the F8 Tributo look more modern than the 488 GTB, while also allowing room for new brake cooling intakes that improve airflow throughout the entire wheel arch. Elsewhere, Ferrari has added some retro-inspired design touches as a tribute to some of its most iconic models. The twin light clusters at the back and body-colored tail are a throwback to the 308, while the louvered Lexan engine cover harks back to the famous F40.
The F8 Tributo also features the most powerful V8 ever fitted to a road-going Ferrari. It’s the same unit found in the hardcore 488 Pista, producing 720 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the 488 GTB, the F8 Tributo has 50 more horses and seven more lb-ft of torque, enabling the mid-engined supercar to sprint from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds. 0-124 mph takes 7.8 seconds before the F8 Tributo tops out at 211 mph. Ferrari has also managed to shed 88 pounds off the car’s weight, meaning the F8 Tributo weighs just 2,932 lbs with all the lightweight options included.
Inside, the redesigned interior features round air vents, a fresh steering wheel design, new controls, and a new seven-inch passenger touchscreen display. Pricing details haven’t been announced yet, but customer deliveries of the F8 Tributo are expected to begin in late 2019 to early 2020.