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710bhp Ferrari F8 Tributo breaks cover

March 01, 2019, 12:43 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
710bhp Ferrari F8 Tributo breaks cover

-    Replaces the 488 GTB and becomes the newest mid-engine Prancing Horse
-    Is more powerful than the GTB yet is lighter by 40kilograms.
-    Has a record specific power output of 180bhp/litre.

Ferrari has put out the first official images of the all-new F8 Tributo, the newest mid-engine supercar. It replaces the ageing 488 GTB and will make its public debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

The F8 Tributo has the same mid-mounted 3.9-litre V8 as the 488 but produces 49bhp more than its predecessor. The Tributo puts out 710bhp 770Nm from the twin-turbo V8 which is the same as the hardcore, limited edition 488 Pista. The sprint of 0-100kph is achieved in 2.9 seconds (down by 0.1s compared to the GTB). The F8 Tributo is capable of hitting a top speed of 340kmph. This engine has already won the ‘International Engine of the Year’ awards three years in a row – 2016, 2017 and 2018. In addition to that, it was also awarded the title of the best engine of the last two decades in 2018.

Ferrari claims that the F8 Tributo is one of the fastest, most thrilling and communicative supercars ever. The aerodynamics has improved by 10 per cent. It is also designed to make performance on the limit much easier than any car before it. The weight is down by 40 kilograms. The design gets slight changes over the GTB such as S-Duct upfront, 812 Superfast inspired headlamps and air intakes, reshaped rear and a new engine cover. The S-Duct improves the downforce by 15 per cent while added vents incorporate brake cooling as well by directing air throughout the wheel arches. The new Lexan rear screen that allows a glimpse inside the engine compartment also brings a modern twist to the Ferrari’s most distinctive design element from the F40.

The driver-focused cockpit is typically that of a Ferrari. But the carmaker claims that every element inside the cabin is redesigned. The new generation HMI (Human Machine Interface) is complete with round air intakes (new for Ferrari), new steering wheel as well as an 8.5-inch passenger touchscreen display.

The all-new F8 Tributo will make its way to India shortly after it goes on sale in the international markets a few months after the Geneva Motor Show.

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