The Ferrari F8 Tributo Is The 488's 710bhp Replacement

The Ferrari F8 Tributo Is The 488's 710bhp Replacement

The Ferrari F8 Tributo Is The 488's 710bhp Replacement

The auto is called the Ferrari F8 Tributo and Ferrari says the vehicle is an homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history. That makes it Ferrari's most powerful V-8 series-production auto to date, and is said to be enough to rocket the Tributo to 62 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds and to a top speed of 211 miles per hour.

Designed by Ferrari Styling Centre, F8 Tributo is characterised by a redesigned S-Duct that contributes 15 percent to overall increase in downforce over 488 GTB.

That's pretty much all we know about the auto so far but if we had to put money on it, this is likely going to be the hybrid successor to the 488 GTB.

Out goes the Ferrari 488 GTB, in comes the Ferrari F8 Tributo.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com's Automotive Editor.

As with the model it replaces, that wealth of rampaging Italian horses is sent via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to the rear wheels to produce some fairly eye-watering performance stats.

A new, angry face takes the longitudinal headlights, turns the upper part into an air duct and widens the horizontal lower part for an L-shaped graphic. With 10 percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency along, Side Slip Angle Control in 6.1 guise, and Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) that can be activated in Manettino's RACE position, F8 Tributo offers top performance in its range.

At this time, Ferrari hasn't announcing pricing or availability for the F8 Tributo. There are also carryovers from the Pista, including the rearward-angled front radiators and rear air intakes. Ferrari doesn't say it, but the F8 Tributo is obviously a comprehensive facelift of the 488 GTB rather than an all-new model. Ferrari also redesigned the steering wheel rim, making it smaller in diameter.

Swing around the back, and there's a special treat: the rear screen that shows off the engine features louvres, just like... yep, the Ferrari F40. The spoiler wraps around the taillights, allowing a return to the classic twin light cluster and body-colored tail seen on the 308.

The cabin is further proof that the F8 Tributo is an evolution of the 488 GTB. Ferrari says the dashboard, door panels and transmission tunnel have all been redesigned, and they look every bit as exotic as you'd expect from Ferrari. Highlights include a new HMI (Human Machine Interface), new multifunction steering wheel, round air vents, and a 7-inch passenger touchscreen display.

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