Ferrari has bid farewell to the 488 GTB and replaced it with the 710bhp and 770Nm of torque F8 Tributo - an evolution of the 488 - which will make its official debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next week. It features a twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 which is the most powerful in Prancing Horse history for a non-special series car.
As hardcore as the Pista (it’s essentially the same package) and with 49bhp more than the outgoing GTB, the F8 Tributo can go from 0-100kph in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of a Pista-matching 340kph and although there’s no word about the transmission, it’s more than likely it’ll be using the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The gain in performance is helped by the fact the new supercar is 40kg lighter than the 488 GTB (total weight is as little as 1,330kg) and is 10 per cent more aerodynamic thanks to the sleek, restyled body.
The compact, horizontal LED headlights don’t just look really menacing – they allow new brake cooling intakes to be inserted above them and improve airflow throughout the wheel arch. Most of all though, we love the nod to Ferrari’s rich heritage via the louvred Lexan engine cover – just like the iconic F40, while the taillights return to the classic twin cluster.
The cabin introduces a new smaller steering wheel design, new controls, and a new 7.0in passenger touchscreen display and Ferrari says almost every element of the dash, door panels and center console is new too. The F8 Tributo also gets the latest version of ‘Slide Slip Control’ and ‘Dynamic Enhancer’ and no doubt we'll learn more about it following its debut in Switzerland at the Palexpo convention center on March 5.