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This is Ferrari's latest mid-engine V8 supercar - and no, it's not a hybrid

By Kenny Yeo - on 1 Mar 2019, 11:10am

This is Ferrari's latest mid-engine V8 supercar - and no, it's not a hybrid

The Ferrari F8 Tributo. (Image source: Ferrari)

Ferrari has just unveiled the F8 Tributo - its latest mid-engine V8 supercar - ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, which will take place next week.

The F8 Tributo will succeed the 488 GTB. And predictably, it is lighter, more aerodynamically efficient, more high-tech, and more powerful than the old 488. Oh, it's also quite a lot faster.

Powering this new Prancing Horse is a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 that puts out 710hp and 770nm of torque. That's 50hp more than the 488 and matches McLaren's 720S. And no, there's no battery or electric motor in here - just pure internal combustion power.

Performance is prodigious: 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200km/h in just 7.8 seconds. Top speed is just a smidge shy of 340km/h.

The F8 Tributo also employs numerous aerodynamic lessons gleaned from the development of the 488 Fista. For example, slimmer headlights allow air to flow more smoothly to the rear. The end result is 15% more downforce over the old 488.

Finally, to help even the most ham-fisted owner harness all of that power, the F8 Tributo will feature Ferrari's latest traction control system.

Owners will, for the first time, be able to activate Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer in Race mode, which Ferrari says was "designed to make performance on the limit easier to reach and control for an even greater number of drivers."

More details will be revealed at its official launch in Geneva next week. Expect deliveries later this year, so get your cheque books ready.

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