2019 Ferrari F8 Tributo unveiled: Maranello’s 720S rival debuts

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Ferrari has debuted the F8 Tributo, the successor to its hero 488 GTB supercar.

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Powering the F8 is a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 mounted behind the front seats, which churns out 530kW of power and 770Nm of torque. The Pista-derived motor drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission – it can sprint from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, does 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 340km/h.

Ferrari claims the Tributo weighs in at 1330 kiograms – some 50kg lighter than the GTB.

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Visually, the F8’s styling is an evolution of that seen on the 488 GTB and Pista. Updates include a new front end with restyled air intakes in the lower front bumper, cooling ducts above the LED headlights, active rear spoiler and 308 GTB-esque dual circular rear taillights. The Maranello-based company claims a 15 per cent improvement in downforce over the four-eight-eight, and a 10 per cent boost in aerodynamic efficiency.

Inside, the cabin has been treated to an all-new dashboard, with new circular air vents, instrument display for the front passenger, and a thinner steering wheel rim that provides “improved feel for the driver”.

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The 2019 Ferrari F8 Tributo will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show in a few days, with order books opening for wealthy customers at the same time.

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