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Ferrari F8 Tributo: 488 replacement comes to Geneva 2019

Published: 06 March 2019

► New F8 Tributo on the stand at Geneva
► A tribute to 710bhp turbo V8
► Upgraded aero

Is that you, 488? This is the new Ferrari F8 Tributo, the latest in a long line of V8 coupes and the usurper to the GTB’s crown. It graces Ferrari’s stand at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

What does the name mean? Well, it’s a, er, tribute to Ferrari’s epic turbo V8 – an engine that has won Engine of the Year in 2016, 2017 and 2018, with the Pista’s version recently winning ‘best engine of the last two decades.’ So, naturally, Ferrari wanted to pat itself on the back for a job well done.

Ferrari F8 Tributo at the 2019 Geneva motor show - rear view, blue

The Tributo has 710bhp from its 3.9-litre turbo V8 and is around 40kg lighter than the 488 GTB it replaces. It’s capable of a 0-62mph sprint in just 2.9sec and a 124mph is over with in 7.8sec, maxing out at 211mph.

Aero is said to be around 10% better than the 488, with the Pista’s S-Duct that’s present and correct providing around 15% of the total aerodynamic improvement alone. Slimmer headlights allow for fatter brake cooling ducts and there are nods to the F40 via rear heat soaks.

Ferrari F8 Tributo interior

As for performance tech, the Tributo has the latest version of Side Slip Control and a new version of the Dynamic Enhancer technology we recently had a lot of fun in. The Tributo also has a modestly improved interior, with an upgraded infotainment system over the 488 and some tweaked ergonomics.

We’ll find out more soon.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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