If you have to squint to find the differences between the two cars, we won't admonish you. The F8 Tributo is still based on the same mid-engine chassis that debuted with the 458 Italia back in 2009 and was carried over to the 488 GTB in 2015. The greenhouse and doors are instantly familiar, but Ferrari has spiced things up a bit with the front and rear fascias. The subtle design tweaks make the F8 Tributo 10 percent more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor.
In addition, there is an all-new interior design with a smaller steering wheel and barrel-type air vents to keep you chilled during hot laps around the track. There is even a 7-inch touch screen display mounted on the dash in front of the passenger so that they can keep an eye on vehicle vitals as you do burnouts in the Target parking lot after hours.
But of course, what everyone wants to know about is what powertrain is mounted behind the seats. Well, Ferrari has shoehorned in the 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged engine from the track-ready 488 Pista. In the F8 Tributo, it still pumps out a healthy 710 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and a neck-snapping 568 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm.
The F8 Tributo weighs in at relatively lightweight 2,932 lbs (no doubt helped in part by its aluminum-heavy construction and Lexan covering for the engine bay) and will rocket from a standstill to 60 mph in less than three seconds. Top speed is listed at a spectacular 211 mph.
At this time, Ferrari hasn’t announcing pricing or availability for the F8 Tributo. However, the 488 GTB starts at $252,800. So, expect to pay somewhere between that price and $300,000… if you’re lucky.