This is the F8 Tributo, a new mid-rear engined sportscar from Ferrari, and its name pays homage to both the model’s layout and to the engine that powers it. With a massive 720 cv (710 bhp) and a record specific power output of 182 bhp/litre, it is the most powerful V8 in the carmaker’s history for a non-special production models and sets the benchmark not just for turbos, but for engines across the board.

Ferrari says all the horsepower from the twin turbo 3.9-litre V8 is delivered without turbo lag. The power goes through a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox to the rear wheels.

Successor to 488 GTB
The new car, one of 5 models Ferrari plans to launch this year, replaces the 488 GTB, with numerous improvements that are said to provide even better control on the limit along with greater on-board comfort. The F8 Tributo is lighter than the 488 GTB and benefits from a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency along with the latest version of the Side Slip Angle Control.

State-of-the-art aerodynamic solutions incorporated into the car’s body help ensure that the extraordinarily powerful engine can be fully exploited. As with the 488 Pista, the F8 Tributo’s aero package is directly evolved from the track and it adopts several features from the 488 Pista designed to help manage engine heat, including, for instance, the rearward-angled front radiators and the dynamic engine air intakes positioned either side of the spoiler instead of on the rear flanks.

New design language
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasise Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency.

The cabin retains the classic, driver-oriented cockpit look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas, but every element of the dashboard, door panels and tunnel, has been completely redesigned. The new generation HMI (Human Machine Interface), complete with round air vents, new steering wheel and controls as well as a new 7-inch passenger touchscreen display, significantly enhance the on-board environment for driver and passenger.

The price is not known yet although it should be announced soon when the car has its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show this month.

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