Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Designed at the same time and by the same team that worked on the F8 Tributo Berlinetta, the Ferrari F8 Spider is the latest and most powerful open-top V8 that was born in Maranello since 1977, when the 308 GTS started this lineage.
Not as hardcore as the 488 Pista Spider but a lot sportier than the regular 488 Spider it replaced, the F8 Spider offers a whole new level of open-top performance.
The roadster is significantly more aerodynamic and weighs 20 kilograms less than its predecessor, while the mid-engine V8 offers 50 horsepower more. The twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 from the 488 Spider has been further developed and it now delivers no less than 720 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and a healthy 770 Nm at just 3,250 rpm. Those numbers translate into a rather impressive 185 horsepower per liter of displacement.The extra 50 horsepower come from a redesigned intake, which has been derived from the one fitted on the 488 Challenge. The torque has been increased only by 10 Nm over the 488 Spider mainly for reasons related to the car’s double-clutch transmission from Getrag (now Magna PT), which hasn’t been rated to more than 800 Nm of torque.
Developed as an homage to the V8 engines, Ferrari F8 Tributo has the most powerful V8 engine ever mounted in a Ferrari, apart from those of special series.
The Italian manufacturer squeezed 185 HP/l. The total output power is 720 HP without any turbo lag and the sounds, well, it is a true Ferrari sound. This engine received multiple awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and received the prestigious title of “Best Engine” of the last 20 years.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo was designed by Ferrari Style Center and its look integrates the expertise in the GT and Challenge championships. The air ducts and fins were developed starting from the 488 GTB model, but the upgrades to the turbo and intake manifold brought 50 more HP for the F8 Tributo.
Interior is a typical Ferrari mid-engine type, with a dashboard oriented towards the driver. The controls and steering wheel mounted controls are specially designed for the F8 Tributo and all of them are giving a luxurious, yet sporty look.
Since we are talking about Ferrari, the performance is on top of the carmaker’s priorities. First of all, Maranello’s engineers ensured an optimum weight distribution for a mid-engine car, with 41.5%-58.5% proportions. The 0-62 MPH (0-100 km/h) sprint is achieved in 2.9 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 211 MPH (340 km/h).