The Ferrari 488 GTB Is Dead, Long Live The 710HP F8 Tributo!

As promised, Ferrari has just released the first details about its world debut for the Geneva Motor Show. And its name is the F8 Tributo.

It’s a really important one, too, as it replaces the 488 GTB. The latest in a long line of two-seater berlinettas pays homage both to the engine that powers it as well as the recipe that has been so successful over the years. While the F8 Tributo is the 488 GTB‘s successor, it carries on with the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.

However, the powertrain sees significant improvements. It now produces 720 PS (710 hp) at 8,000 rpm and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque from 3,250 rpm, an increase of 50 PS and 10 Nm (7 lb-ft) compared to its predecessor. And while Ferrari doesn’t explicitly say it, the fact that it has the exact same specs as the 488 Pista hints that it could very well be the same engine. The only difference is the peak torque of 770 Nm comes slightly earlier in the 488 Pista, at 3,000 rpm.

Performance figures almost identical to the 488 Pista

What this means is the F8 Tributo delivers breathtaking performance. It catapults 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, while top speed is 340 km/h (211 mph). These numbers make it only marginally slower than the 488 Pista, which does 0-100 km/h in 2.85 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 7.6 seconds, and tops 340 km/h.

That’s because the F8 Tributo is slightly heavier: it has a dry weight of 1,330 kg (2,932 lbs) whereas the 488 Pista is 50 kg (110 lbs) lighter. Ferrari doesn’t say anything about the transmission but it’s safe to assume it’s the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox used by the 488 Pista.

Besides the increase in performance and the lighter weight compared to the 488 GTB (minus 40 kg/88 lbs), the F8 Tributo promises “better control on the limit along with greater onboard comfort” compared to its predecessor.

It sources much more than just the engine from the 488 Pista

That’s partly due to a 10 percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, along with a new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) which can be activated in the Manettino’s RACE position for the first time. Furthermore, the F8 Tributo packs the latest version of the Side Slip Angle Control, now in 6.1 guise, as well as a smaller diameter steering wheel rim to improve control.

As with the 488 Pista, the F8 Tributo’s aero package is directly evolved from the track. The car adopts several features from the track-focused supercar, including the rearward-angled front radiators and the dynamic engine air intakes positioned on either side of the spoiler instead of on the rear flanks.

Styling-wise, the F8 Tributo’s proportions betray the fact that it’s not quite an all-new model. Ferrari doesn’t say it, but the F8 Tributo is obviously a comprehensive facelift of the 488 GTB rather than an all-new model. Sure, it does feature a new aero kit, new headlights, and taillights but it uses the same platform.

Ferrari describes the F8 Tributo as “a bridge to a new design language”

Ferrari says the F8 Tributo “is essentially a bridge to a new design language,” indirectly acknowledging that it’s not an all-new design. Just like the 488 Pista, the new car features an S-Duct at the front. Redesigned to suit the F8 Tributo, the Formula 1-inspired S-Duct alone increases downforce by 15 percent compared to the 488 GTB.

The more compact, horizontal LED headlights allowed new brake cooling intakes to be inserted above them, with the result being improved airflow throughout the wheel arch. At the rear, the F8 Tributo’s Lexan rear screen features louvers that are an homage to the legendary F40.

Besides their symbolism, they help extract hot air from the engine compartment without affecting the efficiency of the evolved blown spoiler which wraps around the taillights. Speaking of the taillights, they mark the return to the classic twin light cluster and body-colored tail.

The cabin is further proof that the F8 Tributo is an evolution of the 488 GTB. It features the same driver-oriented layout, although Ferrari stresses that every element of the dash, door panels, and center tunnel has been completely redesigned. Highlights include a new HMI (Human Machine Interface), new multifunction steering wheel, round air vents, and a 7-inch passenger touchscreen display.

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  • Alpina

    Copy Paste

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    The 488 GTB’s lifespan is much shorter than 360,430 and 458

    • nastinupe

      The 360 and 430 were basically the same car and the 458, 488 and F8 Tributo are the same. I guess the 488 wasn’t very popular so they did a mid-mid life refresh. Glad they did, this thing looks amazing.

  • Point

    Not the evolution I was hoping for, since it’s just another development on the 458. Anyhow, it looks beautiful and that what really matters.

  • Christian

    all ready a new model? Jezz

    • Eagle By Singer

      Tell me about it….

      • Christian

        I will!

  • Belthronding

    yeah boy! here we go ferrari!

  • iea96

    Getting tired of this grey background Ferrari uses on every press release. Pretty sure I’m not the only one.

    • TheHake

      The grey is used to accentuate the red.

  • Thegunof42 88’s

    It would be fine as a special edition, but that rear end……

    • TheHake

      Honda’s NSX called. It want it’s rear end back!

      • Eythan Aldrich

        are you sure? then how about a comparison between the two by posting pictures of the nsx nc1 and that f8 tributo’s a**

        • TheHake

          I wanted to but then I lost interest.

  • Jorge Teixeira

    I’m a huge Ferrari fan, but I must be honest: what a letdown. Another facelift?

    • MRCLKBLACK

      My thoughts exactly. Doesn’t Ferrari usually go after the first facelift onto a new platfrom!? (348/F355, 360/F430, 458/488)

      • donald seymour

        And my thoughts exactly as well.

  • Eagle By Singer

    And much like the 488 (or any modern ferrari), it does nothing for me.

    A bit too over styled and a fairly forgettable, generic looking supercar.

  • Is it me or it still looks like 488, shouldn’t they get a new platform by now?

    • donald seymour

      Yeah, a little bit long in the tooth.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      It’s like Ferrari tried to make a 720S out of a 488.

  • Thomas

    That interior REALLY needs an update now. It’s practically the same 10 year old interior as the first 458’s except they replaced the steering wheel with one from a GTC4 Lusso…

  • Honda NSX-R

    Nice ass

    • serge charles

      word

  • Denzel

    I like the wheels and the louvers

  • R55

    Was never really a fan of F458, the F430 was gorgeous, but this F8 Tributo is lovely! Looking forward to seeing this plastered over every type of media for the next few years

    • nastinupe

      What about the 488. Did you like that?

  • DaruniaG

    Another facelift for the 458, what a disappointment

  • Sybill Julian

    too lotus-y on the back hm

  • Stokely Stennett

    Faster than a 720s? They had to build this model just to try and stop McLaren from stealing all the shine.

    • donald seymour

      Bruh, you already know. That 720s was killing the game.

      • Stokely Stennett

        And we haven’t even seen the LT model yet… What’s Ferrari going to do to combat that… McLaren is shining and they only seem to be getting better… Good luck to the prancing horse though…

        • donald seymour

          I thought about this when the 720 first appear. This is not even the LT. I guess when you’re hungry, your hungry. Ferrari hasn’t been hungry for a while now. Did you see the Auto Car “review” on the Pista placed against competitors who are not the top tier of their line up? It was the saddest thing I’ve ever witnessed from an automaker.

  • raikkonen

    God…the 328, 348, 355, 360, 430, etc., etc. were so unique in their individual designs, and were instantly recognizable as different, individual models…

    What’s happening at Ferrari’s design department????

    Even the 812 and the Portofino, while unique, are still kind of ho-hum when it comes to appearances.

    Lamborghini and McLaren, while beautiful, have become the same way…

    I remember when these cars used to elicit desire, passion and emotion…I haven’t felt that way about a new exotic car in what seems like decades…

    • ksegg

      Same. Whenever a new Fcar or even Lambo comes out, I’m sort of…….”eh”.

  • exeptor

    I might be the minority here but in my eyes this is the best looking iteration of 458 model (whatever Ferrari says even 488 GTB doesn’t look like a brand new model … apart from the engine of course). The only issue with it might be revealed in the future – is the design a forgettable one as on 488. Right now it just looks perfect to me.

    Something even more drastic here – a simple comparison with F40 (trust me I’m not trying to insult the icon in any way):
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a805168fbd25b1989bf68964d54ef17a2c4c0b926d44c649b2d4d583c1a435a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ae94b056a926ba259b947a3217aebf1c04c6831455f139dbe335b73f9a161225.jpg

  • Nordschleife

    Sometimes it hard to know if this is one of the customer one-offs built by Ferrari or if this is the actual regular production model. But I do think that this is the best interpretation of this design. I am in love with this rear end.

  • SteersUright

    Overall nice, but not different enough to be called anything other than a light update. Also, I prefer the F40’s commitment to horizontal lines in its rectilinear design, not all the extraneous arcs in this modern Ferrari design, especially in the rear fascia where it comes across as way too busy and inelegant.
    Overall, though, one of the best looking sports car on sale after the LaFerrari (of course), the latest Huracan, and several others.

  • eb110americana

    308
    328
    348
    F355
    360 Modena
    F430
    458 Italia
    488 GTB
    F8 Tributo!

    Ferrari had one model lineup with at least somewhat consistent names. And they have just ruined that 44 year run. Seriously, Ferrari could throw cats on top of keyboards, and they would get better names for their cars.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    The rear end looks so off

  • Vassilis

    So the 458 remains the prettiest…

  • Bo Hanan

    F8 Tributo = Finally caught up with McLaren.
    P.S. the interior is brilliant! Thank you Ferrari for toning down the bling.

  • ksegg

    Is the 458 fundamentally not shifting to the next major design, or is Ferrari doing yet another face-lift?

  • Six_Tymes

    I love it. And looking forward to the new design language, so far its looking fantastic.

  • Yes, it is basically a facelift of the 458 but it looks good, truly poster worthy.

    • MarkoS

      Look closer. Very different.

  • MarkoS

    Same platform, big deal. I say the rush to all new platforms is often a waste of a good platform and resources. Updated a platform should last at least a decade these days. This is a very different car. Gorgeous!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I like it. They’re actually responding to McLaren now.

    It will take me a bit to get used to the 458 having four taillights, but it’s gorgeous, so what the hell!

  • Vassilis

    True but the 458’s styling is more elegant. For example those intercooler intakes on the 488 and F8 seem like an afterthought. Which, let’s face it, they are.

    • D3X

      You’re likely right on the intercooler intakes, it was more function rather than form that required those intakes. However there’s still a lot of beauty in this new F8 design; which includes the front brake intakes on the front bumper, the rear louvres that remind you of the legendary F40, the rear spoiler integrated with the quad taillights, the spoiler with airflow ducts out the rear bumper grilles. There’s a lot of refined detail

      It’s still an elegant design and I don’t agree that it’s an “afterthought”, more of an evolution as I described earlier.

  • GobbleUp

    Cool looking vette-NSX

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