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Ferrari F8 Tributo replaces 488 GTB – Makes global debut

Ferrari F8 Tributo (Tribute in Italian) details have been revealed today prior to its grand unveiling at 2019 Geneva Motor Show next week. The 488 GTB successor, gets power from a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, and is tuned for improved performance, returning 720 PS (710 hp) at 8,000 rpm and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque at 3,250 rpm, an increase of 50 PS and 10 Nm (7 lb-ft) over its predecessor. The engine is most likely mated to the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox seen in 488 Pista.

F8 Tributo churns out 50PS more than its predecessor, and is lighter too (minus 40 kg/88 lbs). With 10 percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency along, Side Slip Angle Control in 6.1 guise, and Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) that can be activated in Manettino’s RACE position, F8 Tributo offers top performance in its range.

Ferrari F8 Tributo goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds, and from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.8 seconds. Top speed is pegged at 340 km/h (211 mph). F8 Tributo has a dry weight of 1,330 kg (2,932 lbs). Improvements mean Tributo comes with ‘better control on the limit along with greater on-board comfort’. The smaller diameter steering wheel rim improves control, and the F8 Tributo’s aero package is a track development.

Designed by Ferrari Styling Centre, F8 Tributo is characterised by a redesigned S-Duct that contributes 15 percent to overall increase in downforce over 488 GTB. New compact horizontal LED headlights made room for new brake cooling intakes in combination with those on the outside of the bumper for improved air flow through the entire wheelarch. This does away with the need increase braking system size to cope with speed.

Lexan rear screen showcase the engine compartment, and its louvres extract hot air from the engine compartment. The blown spoiler increases rear downforce generated. The cabin retains the classic, driver-oriented cockpit look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas, but every element of the dash, door panels and tunnel, has been completely redesigned.

The new generation HMI (Human Machine Interface), complete with round air vents, new steering wheel and controls as well as a new 7” passenger touchscreen display, significantly enhance the on-board environment for driver and passenger. Expect launch in India to take place later this year. Price will be in the Rs 4 crore range, ex-sh.

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