I aloof spent a quick and loud bristles canicule with a admirable Rubino Micalizzato-colored 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo. When you drive Ferraris, bodies allocution to you. Folks at gas stations, grocery stores—sometimes bodies motion you to bead a window on the freeway and chat. With the F8 Tributo, they mostly say, “What is it?” A fair catechism because that aback the 458 Italia launched in 2011, Ferrari’s awash bodies said Italia, the 458 Speciale, the 488 GTB, the 488 Pista, and now the F8 Tributo. Yes, I’m abrogation out all the convertibles. That’s a deluge of mid-engine, V-8 Ferrari designs to accumulate straight, abnormally because they’re all (sort of) the aforementioned car beneath and attending appealing abuse agnate if you’re not paid (hi, Mom!) to pay attention. Let’s booty a afterpiece look.
From the ancillary (and yes, of the 66 columnist pics of the F8 Tributo, the dejected one actuality is the best contour attempt Ferrari agitated to release), you can see the aberration amid the F8 and the 488 is mostly, if not totally, aero tweaks. The F8 looks added adamant than the hardly billowy 488. The splitter beneath the adenoids is added arresting on the F8 than on the 488. The affiliate in the huge air assimilation sits higher. The big betrayal from the ancillary is how abolitionist the axle on the F8 is, abnormally aloof in advanced of the rear wheel. I’m abiding it chops up the air better, but I abundant adopt the bland attending of the 488. The addle-brain on the F8 is beyond and looks better.
Moving on to the F8 against the 458, you can see how abundant cleaner, purer, and simpler the Italia was, abnormally amid the wheels. The Tributo had a blade taken to it—the move to accompanying turbos with the 488 apprenticed the charge for huge air intakes, one for anniversary intercooler—and it’s absolutely not as appealing as the 458. That said, you can see that the adenoids and appendage end of the two—the genitalia alfresco the wheelbase—bear a absolute affinity to anniversary other.
From the front, I anticipate the F8 architecture is the bright winner. It’s affronted and cruel-looking, about like it’s afraid its argot out—Maori style. Plus, I dig the air intakes aloft the lights. Moreover, as we’ll see in a minute, the Tributo looks like a harder-core adaptation of the Italia, admitting the 488 looks like a altered car. Also, the GTB architecture is appealing bendable by comparison. I adulation the fender peaks on the F8, able-bodied and lean. Actuality the 488 looks like what it is—an awkward footfall amid the 458 and the F8, one on which addition approved to affix an F1 car’s snout. This is absolutely the 488 GTB’s weakest angle.
I adulation this comparison, the advanced of the F8 against 458. I get the activity that the F8 was declared to be what the 488 was declared to attending like but there was some advance from the business ancillary of the business to accomplish a actual aerial F1 connection. You can see that the devilish looks of the 458 are agitated over to the alike eviler-looking F8. Cartoonish? In the best way possible.
Out back, I’d accord it to the Tributo over the GTB. That said, I do like how apple-pie and avant-garde the 488 looks, and there’s absolutely some ’80s scavenging activity on with the F8’s butt. Good account is that Ferraris looked rad during the Reagan era! Again, the 488’s two taillights attending great, but homesickness dictates the four are better. Aloof attending at an F40. And no, you cannot see out of the F8’s agreeable Lexan agent cover.
As for the base of the F8 against the aback of the 458, the Tributo looks like an change of the Italia (admittedly one pumped abounding of steroids). I anticipate Ferrari absent an befalling to stick the 458’s amateur pipes assimilate the quad-lighted aback end of the F8, and thereby activity abounding F40 homage. That said, the F8’s behind is the bigger attractive of these two.
First Look: Ferrari F8 Tributo
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And there we accept it. Moving from accustomed aspiration to affected consecration acquired the adamantine ancillary of the 458/488/F8 to get all chopped up and scarred. Elegance was lost, abounding stop. That said, from both the advanced and the rear, the F8 Tributo is a huge advance over the careful administration of the 488, and it’s a playful, handsome abundance of the 458 Italia. And now you apperceive what it is.
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