Powered by the 720hp, 3,902cc twin-turbo V8 engine first seen on the limited edition 488 Pista trackday weapon, this is the most powerful V8 ever fitted to a non-special series Ferrari. Importantly in an age where supercar engines are increasingly being hidden from sight this charismatic motor can be clearly seen from the outside through the Lexan rear screen whose three horizontal louvres help to extract hot air from the engine bay.
Featuring a record specific output of 182hp/litre this twin-turbo Ferrari V8 motor has been voted “Best Engine” in the International Engine of The Year awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018. This is no surprise since it was designed for maximum driver satisfaction with key attributes being the elimination of turbo lag along with power and torque delivery characteristics that mirror Ferrari’s high revving naturally aspirated engines.
More obvious when the spectacular car F8 Tributo is at rest are the cutting edge aerodynamics that contribute to a 10% improvement in efficiency over the 488 GTB. At the front the S-Duct taken from the Pista provides more downforce while new horizontal LED headlamp clusters provide space for additional brake cooling air ducts.
Along the flanks the side radiators are now angled backwards to maximise airflow coming up from the flat bottom that reduces backpressure from the air in the rear arches. The resulting reduction in air intake temperature allows the engine’s boost to be increased resulting in more power.
The rear spoiler’s job is to add downforce over the rear axle for stability at speed. However, in so doing this also increases drag. To compensate for this the F8 Tributo’s rear spoiler incorporates active elements that help it generate 25% more downforce than the spoiler on the 488 GTB while achieving a 2% reduction in drag.
The F8 Tributo accelerates to 100km/h in 2.9 sec, to 200km/h in 7.8 sec and tops out at 340km/h, and to make this level of performance useable and controllable Ferrari has developed a new version of their acclaimed Side Slip Angle Control.