If there’s one thing that excites supercar lovers, it’s the possibility of a new Ferrari – and that’s exactly what a brief teaser video that appeared on Ferrari’s website yesterday promised.
The video gave little away, merely showing slight glimpses of the car, but industry experts were already aware of a Ferrari 488 replacement, and that’s precisely what it has proven to be.
With just 7 seconds of video to watch, this was certainly a case of whetting the viewers appetite while saying very little, but there were clues in the film.
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Posted by Ferrari on Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Due a Replacement
The 488 made its debut in 2015, which may not seem long ago but in supercar evolution terms it is a lifetime. The video hints at an evolution of the model, and promised a reveal today. The new car was duly presented to the press as the Ferrari F8 Tributo, and indeed retains the general appearance of the model it replaces.
It is however far more sleek in appearance, with hints of the classic 308GTB in its design cues, and looks every inch the fresh Ferrari fans were waiting for. It’s also a quite considerable 40kilos lighter, which with the aerodynamic improvements adds speed to the package.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo offers Pista-matching performance from the mid-mounted 720bhp 3.9 litre V8 – speculation that the new car may be a hybrid proved unfounded – thanks to twin turbochargers, and a sprint to 62mph is covered in 2.9 seconds. A top speed of 211mph is a further improvement on the outgoing 488GTB.
Due to make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, with a scheduled press day on March 5th, 2019, the Ferrari F8 Tributo could be the car that steals the show, and will almost certainly be successful as a replacement for one of the most popular Ferrari’s of all.