With the all-new 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo, the brand wants to acknowledge its entirety impressive mid-engine V8-powered Ferraris over the years. It goes back to 1975 with the Ferrari 308, 328, 348, the 355 Berlinetta, 360 Modena, Ferrari F430, and we can’t forget the Ferrari 458, which is the last of the naturally aspirated mid-engine V8. Lastly, the Ferrari 488, which was the beginning of the twin-turbo models.
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What’s New From 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo
The F8 Tributo is not only replacing the Ferrari 488, but it’s succeeding the great peak example of that model known as the Ferrari 488 GTB. What’s even more astonishing about this F8 Tributo? Ok, this is a car you could drive daily on the street and also on the track! Because they’ve taken a lot of goodness from the 488 Pista.
You get classic colors: Rosso Corsa, bright red iconic Italian color. You could see the connection between the Ferrari F8 and the 488 GTB because this car has tiny headlight housing, all blacked out. You’re going to have LED headlights, LED daytime running lamps, and turn signals.
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Everything is just sculpted, not only to look good but also to perform. So you have an open-air facility for aerodynamic ideas. Again, this car produces a 10% higher downforce than the Pista. So that’s something to spot at the end of the Ferrari 488 GTB.
You can see the lower lip splitter on the corner of the vehicle to produce extra downforce in the car’s front. You have a functional duct on the lower portion underneath the primary nose.
You can see the beautiful metalwork over the air intakes downforce, so you don’t need massive wings. It all comes from the design and what’s happening underneath.
As you continue across from one side to the other, this thing is so low and vast. You can see all the connections, even for the brake cooling in the corner, and you have that functionality.
The prancing horse! That iconic emblem goes back so many decades you got the green, white, and red of the Italian flag. When people think Ferrari, they think red, and they feel that prancing horse.
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When you go up onto the front, you have a trunk upfront, and you can see the beautiful bodywork where everything is sculpted for channeling air and helping to produce more downforce.
The F8 is the most potent mid-engine V8 Ferrari ever, including the F40. They took the dot reflector and just mounted it in the axial fender line. The wheels forged aluminum, so it’s more durable, and the cast is going to help cut down on the rotating mass. You’re going to have massive Brembo carbon-ceramic rotors and calipers to give you ultimate stopping capability.
You do have a carbon-ceramic rotor. Even the rotor is more extensive than most car wheels.
The wheel’s size is 20 inch, upfront you have 245 and 35 series sidewall Pirelli PZero tires.
On the beautifully sculpted fender, you’ll see the Scuderia badge, and you have your LED side marker lamps. You’ll like the way because Ferrari does not blend it into the mirrors like a lot of other cars; they have it smack dab right on the side.
Down low even you have venting that will help channel air from the car’s front across your splitter. So, it is not only about looks but also definitely about performance.
On the hood, you get thin eight pillars to the chassis, beautiful style roof. You’ll like the way they’ve done the mirrors because it reminds you of a little bit of Ferrari f40 and Ferrari f430 mirror design. Down low, you have a little bit of a sill extension, and everything is just about channeling air towards the rear of the car.
You’ll love it because they went with the flat black and continued underneath and then brought the body work out to gives that beautiful flared-out coke bottle design.
When you get to the air inlets, there are some changes.
The inlets channeled air for the inner coolers on the 488 GTB, where this car replaces it. Remember this is twin-turbocharged, no more naturally aspirated. But for 488 GTB, you had an intercooler and also for the engine to be channeling. Ferrari now has to change that setup, and this is all just for the inner coolers on both sides.
Many manufacturers try to hide the door handle, but it sticks out, yet it’s still aerodynamic. They even leave the keyhole just exposed, no making it disappear.
In the rear, you have a very sharp rear quarter window. You do have a 20-inch forged wheel, the width of tires at 305, and a 30 series sidewall. The reason why the tires upfront a little skinnier is to give you quicker steering. Remember, this car is not about drag racing, but it’s about taking it on a course. Ferrari likes to fine-tune it into working hard, and as a result, this car is faster than the 488 GTB.
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Even at the rear brake setup, you still have the massive rotor. It’s not as significant as upfront but still very extensive, and it so crazy to see this type of braking capability in a road-going car.
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In the rear, you’re going to have mid-mounted. The V8 twin-turbocharged engine is in between the rear axle and the front. The rear glass material is polycarbonate glass (Lexan). So, they use Lexan to cut weight. You’ll love the slots that they cut in to release heat, and this is about how they are paying tribute to those past models.
New F80 Tributo is explicitly designed to mimic the Ferrari f40. You could see where they went in that direction, like fine metalwork on the venting areas. Also, in the rear, you get intercooler venting where the air will be channeled into the V8 twin-turbo beast.
The whole rear spoiler area is carbon fiber. So this is going to help shave weight to makes it lighter than the 488 GTB. On the tail end, you have your quad taillights full LED, two on each side round. So, this is going to pay tribute to the 288 GTO and Ferrari 308 to the past. Besides, you have more venting to get heat out of the rear engine compartment and aerodynamic efficiency.
Besides, you have a massive rear diffuser. You’ll love the way because the exhausts just come, and they extend past the rear bumper fascia area. One thing to know about the back of this car is that you have active shutters that are open and closing as you perform on the track to channel air underneath the tunnel design.
You have a spoiler, but there’s no active aero; this doesn’t pop up, and it’s ten feet tall, so what next? However, the air is going to be channeled over the car. That’s going to give you the downforce.
The air is channeling underneath, and that’s going to suck the car down to the track. All of the functionality is a great thing.
The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo engine is a 3.9 liter twin-turbo V8 dry sump, and it means the oil is actually in a separate reservoir. So when you’re taking it to the track, it’s slowly feeding just the right amount of oil to lubricate all the cylinders, pistons, and all that good stuff. So you’re not going to have any oil starvation.
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F8 Tributo is the most potent mid-engine v8 ever with 710 horsepower. It’s all assisted with twin turbos, 568 pound-feet of torque, it’s mated to a 7-speed DCT transmission, and 8,000 rpm redline from the flat-plane crankshaft.
What they have done compared to the 488 GTB is they’ve lightened all of the rotating mass. So, pistons, rods, valves, and everything have been lightened to allow the engine to spin very freely; about 64 pounds have been taken off this engine.
The F8 Tributo is around 3,164 pounds, but you could option with carbon fiber wheels or pieces on the engine compartment to bring it down to two 2,932 pounds.
The acceleration is 0 – 60 in 2.8 seconds; this will hit 0 – 124 miles/hour in 4.9 seconds. The top speed is 211 miles/hour. But guess what? You’re going to get decent MPGs, 15 in the city, 19 on the highway. They have developed all from the 488 Pista. 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo is 181 pounds lighter than the 488 GTB. Also, they add a hot tube.
With a twin-turbo powered, then the turbos, engine, and exhaust will quiet. There’s a hot tube that the driver sets to bring some more sound to the cabinets.
It’s not fake, but it will help bring more glorious sound, especially the F8 Tributo.
You’ll love the door panel with all fine Italian leather, hand-stitched by people at the Maranello facility. You have a beautiful tan with red contrast stitching. You’ll like the darker gray accents, and the speaker covers are all blacked out the shape, which mimics what’s going on the outside, bringing it to the interior.
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The beautiful Italian leather continues to the dashboard. You get a gorgeous F8 Tributo badge, and the AC vents look like something that belongs on a military vehicle. The carbon fiber starts on one side comes all the way across, very minimalistic. You get to the controls for the infotainment system in which everything is driver-focused; it’s just like you don’t need all the garbage all over the place.
You have your ability to get into those cameras because you have forward-facing and the rear camera. You do have very slim and trim AC controls, but it’s a little on the cheaper side; you want it housing was carbon fiber because this is a Ferrari.
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But other than that, this car is so great! You do get two cupholders which are a nice touch. They bring the center console, and it’s raised to gives you an excellent area for those track times as you’re lapping. You can collect your slip, and you can have your pass go for a lap around the track.
You have your window controls in the center with a beautiful palm rest. You do have center storage with USB and twelve volts, so you connected with charging abilities.
The seats have some options, so you have the beautiful Prancing Horse stitched in red stitching. It just fits your body, and the bottom portion is extensive and long to meet a lot of different body types. The leather is so soft, and it feels like a race seat, but without squishing, and the best part is the carbon fiber steering wheel.
You do have three memory settings on the seat and a beautiful Ferrari badge on the sill. As an option, you can get a Formula one style steering wheel for $5,000. But the carbon fiber is drop-dead gorgeous, an excellent stitchwork, one style shift lights, prancing horse. All you need to fire this car up is right here.
You do have a Manettino switch, which means a little control to go in through your different modes.
When you hit the start/stop button, bright red comes to life. On the dash, you have a bright yellow tachometer with a redline of 8,000 rpm. You have the massive paddles that will go up and down 7-speed DCT, 2 TFT displays one on each side for navigation and information about the car like your fuel gauge and everything.
The AC vents are nicely placed, and you can see some more carbon fiber below. When you get on the throttle, on the top of the steering wheel, you’ll see the light up for you. Also, you can hear the twin-turbo spooling up very nicely from the hot tube.
Ferrari F8 Tributo Specs
The MSRP is a little less than $300,000, and you get what you pay for kind of thing. The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo is hand-assembled in Maranello. So, you’re not buying just a car. You are purchasing an icon, tradition, piece of Italy that you don’t get with other vehicles.
Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast, and he has years of experience in the automotive field as an engineer. Now he is also active as an automobile blogger and member of the auto community.