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2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo

2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo

Ferrari’s replacement for the 488 GTB features the high-revving V-8 from the Pista

The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo is an entry-level supercar that the Maranello-based company launched in 2019. The F8 Tributo replaced the 488 GTB, introduced in 2015, but it’s essentially a mid-cycle upgrade and not a brand-new car. The supercar replaces the 488 GTB in the same way that the 812 Superfast and GTC4Lusso replaced the F12berlinetta and FF, respectively, with the facelift accompanied by a nameplate change.

The upgrade is rather significant as far as design goes. Not only sporting new features front and rear, but the F8 Tributo also boasts more aggressive aerodynamics, which are based on the track-ready 488 Pista. The F8 also shares underpinnings with the Pista and generates the same 710 horsepower. The F8 Tributo arrives just in time for the facelifted Lamborghini Huracan Evo and the relatively new McLaren 720S. Let’s find out how they compare.

Updated 03/08/2018: We update this review with a series of new images taken during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

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The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo Looks Amazing, Heralds Good Things for Ferrari's Styling Language

The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo Looks Amazing, Heralds Good Things for Ferrari’s Styling Language

A berlinetta for the future

I’d wager most folks reading this would agree that, by and large, Ferrari knows how to make a good-looking car. That much is obvious with the 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo, which arrived at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show looking like a heaping slab of tasty speed machine slathered in shiny blue frosting. All told, the F8 Tributo has us quite optimistic when it comes to the Prancing Horse’s styling future.

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The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo Joins Ferrari's Lineup as a Successor to the 488

The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo Joins Ferrari’s Lineup as a Successor to the 488

The F8 Tributo’s performance is almost on par with the hot 488 Pista track-focused special

While some suggested Ferrari might give us a first glance at its upcoming SUV, it turns out that the other rumor - the one that said Ferrari was set to show off a successor to the 488 GTB - stood true. Meet the 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo, an evolution of the 488 GTB with noticeably better performance and plenty of additional enhancements.

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Ferrari Could Have a Packed Booth at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Ferrari Could Have a Packed Booth at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Is the Ferrari 488 GTB’s successor headed to Geneva this coming March?

As is often the case, Ferrari doesn’t expect to have much of a presence at the 2019 North American International Auto Show this January. But two months later, in Geneva? That’s a completely different story. Information filtering through the FerrariChat forum puts the spotlight on the Italian automaker potentially having a number of debuts in Geneva, including the successor to the 488 GTB. None of the chatter is verified, but a number of members claim that the 488’s successor is coming sooner than later, possibly as soon as Geneva. The supercar’s timeline fits in with the claims as the 488 has been around since 2015 after replacing the 458 Italia. A four- to five-year run would be enough for the 488 GTB and would be enough for Ferrari to start thinking about what comes next after the model rides off into the sunset.

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2018 Ferrari 488 Pista

2018 Ferrari 488 Pista

The highly anticipated successor to the 458 Speciale!

Ferrari has developed a fairly predictable pattern when it comes to releasing mid-engine V-8 models. First, we get the "regular" one, and then the lighter, faster, more powerful road-racer variant follows. In 2015, Ferrari replaced the iconic 458 Italia with the turbocharged, 488 GTB. Three years later and the successor to the 458 Speciale is here with more power, less weight, and improved aerodynamics. It’s called the 488 Pista, and it’s set to make its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The successor to Ferrari’s much acclaimed, V-8-engined special series, which includes the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and the 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is yet another homage to Ferrari’s outstanding heritage in motorsport. Much like its predecessors, the Pista was also developed using knowledge from the company’s involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in which it has won five manufacturers’ titles. Both the race-spec 488 GTE and 488 Challenge served as inspiration for the Pista, also "donating" some of their dynamics and aerodynamic developments.

The 488 Pista is described as Ferrari’s most powerful and most advanced special series model so far. Let’s find out if it’s true in the review below.

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Upcoming Ferrari 488 GTO Spotted in the Wild

Upcoming Ferrari 488 GTO Spotted in the Wild

The beefed-up 488 goes testing before its debut in 2018

We know that Ferrari is working on a more aggressive version of the 488 GTB — a successor to the iconic 458 Speciale — we haven’t heard much about it until now. We also haven’t seen it testing on public roads or race tracks before, but we can finally take a peek at the upcoming Prancing Horse thanks to a batch of photos that surfaced the Interwebz. Reportedly called the 488 GTO, the beefed-up GTB was taken for a spin in a test session that included two cars. While one wears heavy white camouflage that doesn’t allow us to have a glimpse at its features, the second one was captured without any camo on its front end.

The supercar looks very familiar as it retains all the main features of the 488 GTB. However, it has a different bumper with larger outlets and new black trim that appears to be part of a revised aerodynamic package. The headlamps have been blacked out for a more menacing look. Not much else can be seen in these photos from Motor.es, but expect the front splitter to be backed by a redesigned diffuser and a new spoiler around back. Revised side skirts, new wheels, and a new engine hood are also on the table, alongside numerous weight-saving components inside and out.

The twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 engine from the GTB will find its way into the GTO as well, but not before Ferrari increases output from 660 to around 700 horsepower. The GTO is not yet official, and Ferrari could actually reuse the Speciale or Scuderia names. The "GTO" names were used on only three cars up until now — the 250 GTO, 288 GTO, and 599 GTO — all of which were considered flagship models when they arrived. The new supercar could break cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, so make sure you stick around for updates.

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2017 Ferrari 488 Spider 4XX Siracusa by Mansory

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider 4XX Siracusa by Mansory

Hard to imagine a more aggressive looking Ferrari 488 Spider

There are tuners who are best known for their visual stylings while there are others who are recognized for the power upgrades they offer. Then there’s a tuner like Mansory, which blends all of these elements together to create programs like the one it gave to the new Ferrari 488 Spider. The kit itself is called “4XX Siracusa,” and those who routinely follow the aftermarket tuning scene will know that Mansory has used this name before, previously on the Ferrari 458 Italia back in 2011 and most recently on the Ferrari 488 GTB. Now it’s the 488 Spider’s turn and, as expected, there’s a lot going on here, including power gains that elevate the car’s output to within 800 horsepower.

In a lot of ways, this is to be expected considering that this is Mansory we’re talking about. The German tuner has routinely prepared some of the most polarizing programs in the business. For the most part, Mansory’s offerings are hit or miss, but whether we like them or not, there’s no denying that they’re all worth talking about, for better or worse.

Take this 4XX Siracusa kit for the 488 Spider as an example. Technically, the upgrades themselves are similar to the ones the 488 GTB received last year, right down to the split rear spoiler. But there is difference in how the upgrades react to the body style of the supercar, which is why we’re here to talk about it.

No matter which side of the fence you’re on regarding Mansory, the tuner always incites discussion, which in itself makes it worth talking about. This new Siracusa program for the Ferrari 488 Spider is a pretty good example of that.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Ferrari 488 Spider 4XX Siracusa by Mansory.

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2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast

The F12berlinetta gets a much needed facelift for 2018

Introduced in 2012 as a replacement for the Ferrari 599, the F12berlinetta harkens back to the 365 GTB/4 "Daytona" and, in many ways, to the iconic 250 GTO and 275 GTB. A full-fledged grand tourer powered by a no-nonsense, naturally aspirated V-12, the F12berlinetta has already spawned many one-off and special-edition models, including the F12 TRS, SP America, F60 America, Carrozzeria Touring Berlinetta Lusso, and more recently the F12tdf. After some five years on the market, the F12 received its mid-cycle facelift ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It goes by the name 812 Superfast and comes with many improvements.

Just like the transition from the FF to the GTC4Lusso, the F12berlinetta gained a significant update and a name change. Ferrari didn’t care to explain the meaning behind the new name, but it’s safe to assume that the "812" comes from the engine’s output in PS plus the number of cylinders, while Superfast is just... well... an attempt to be cool in the 21st century. This isn’t the first time a Ferrari appears to have been named by the company’s social media department, as the LaFerrari is just as flamboyant. But it’s worth mentioning that the 812 isn’t the first Superfast in the company’s lineup. The name dates back to 1964, when Ferrari offered the 500 Superfast as the top-of-the-line version of the America model.

Moving over to more important things, Ferrari gave the F12berlinetta a thorough restyling. The grand tourer sports numerous modifications front and rear, while the interior has updated tech, a few nips and tucks, and new seats. More importantly, the 6.3-liter V-12 was redesigned into a new mill that makes the 812 Superfast the quickest and most powerful production Ferrari ever built.

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The Ferrari 812 Superfast Looks Like A Mix Of Modern Go-Fast Tech And Traditional Maranello Attitude

The Ferrari 812 Superfast Looks Like A Mix Of Modern Go-Fast Tech And Traditional Maranello Attitude

What does the 812 Superfast tell us about the company’s direction?

Ferrari is most definitely a company that’s very set in its ways. One good example of this comes from the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari, who was famously quoted as saying “aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” Of course, as we all know, aero is now a crucial element of any modern Prancing Horse, but the point is this – Ferrari doesn’t change unless it’s forced to. Usually, it’s a faster on-track rival that forces the change from the win-or-nothing Ferrari, but sometimes, it’s market pressures that dictate some degree of adaptation. But even when (or perhaps “if” would be more accurate) the Italian marque concedes to change, it still zealously defends that original kernel of what a Ferrari is “supposed” to be. The latest example of this is the 812 Superfast, which just debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show sporting a mix of the new and the traditional, offering us a cocktail of all that old-school magic, but in a thoroughly updated glass.

Not that you’d know it from a single glance at the press photos and spec sheet. The exterior is sharp and decked-out in adaptive aerodynamics, while the engine is the most powerful lump ever added to a road-going production Ferrari. Not only that, but the top speed is rated at over 211 mph, which means it’s also the fastest road-going mass-production Ferrari ever built.

But if you look past the numbers, you’ll find the past rearing its head again and again...

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Ferrari's Last All-Natural V-12-Powered Supercar Will Take Its Bow In Geneva

Ferrari’s Last All-Natural V-12-Powered Supercar Will Take Its Bow In Geneva

All subsequent V-12-powered models will be electronically assisted

By now, we’ve already established that Ferrari will be bringing the F12 M with it to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The successor to the Ferrari F12Berlinetta will have around 750 horsepower on tap, slightly more than the car it’s replacing and just a shade below the 769 ponies that the limited-run Ferrari F12tdf has at its disposal. But there’s also one unique element about the F12 M that could help turn the car into a legitimate Ferrari collectible car down the road. For the very last time, Ferrari will be using an unassisted, naturally aspirated V-12 engine on one of its production cars, and it will be fitted into the Ferrari F12 M.

It may not sound like a big deal today, but it most definitely when you take into account the fact that Ferrari will be using electrical assistance on all subsequent V-12 engines moving forward. The 750-horsepower output is also significant in the sense that the F12 M becomes the most powerful naturally aspirated series-production supercar that Maranello has built. Combine those two elements together, and you have the perfect recipe of a car that’s going to be insanely sought-after in the coming years.

Beyond the historical performance significance of the F12 M, the supercar is also expected to receive a few styling updates relative to the F12Berlinetta, the car it’s replacing. Early hints from spy shots suggest that the new supercar will come with a new grille, new intakes, and redesigned headlights and taillights. Likewise, the interior is also expected to get modifications of its own, although the extent of the changes is still largely unknown other than it receiving a dual-screen infotainment set-up that we first saw on the Ferrari GT4C Lusso. Other than that, it’s anyone’s guess the direction Ferrari took in designing the interior of the car since there have been no clear spy shots of that section.

Naturally, the F12 M’s historic potential as the last ever Ferrari to feature an unassisted, naturally aspirated V-12 engine means that the car isn’t going to come cheap. No official figures have been released, but estimates see it as being dramatically more expensive than the $325,000 price tag of the F12Berlinetta. Using that number as a baseline and taking into account the $500,000 price of the limited run F12 tdf, it’s reasonable to assume the F12 M approach the latter’s price more than the car it’s replacing.

All in all, Ferrari is reportedly scheduling the F12 M to have a similar five-year run as the F12Berlinetta with at least one limited edition model (a successor to the F12 tdf, perhaps?) arriving as part of that timetable.

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2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

Launched as a successor to the Ferrari Enzo, the Ferrari LaFerrari was designed with a language that, according to the design team led by Flavio Manzoni, is the perfect combination of form and function. It combines F1-inspired aerodynamics and plenty of sharp character lines to bring together one of the wildest production cars from Ferrari. On the inside, the LaFerrari got a newly-designed steering wheel that is more square than it is round, and an overall interior design that screams track-only but offers plenty of comfort two. The biggest news is what makes this red rocket go. The new LaFerrari is the first car from the brand to use a hybrid drive system. Known as the HY-KERS system, it has a 6.3-liter V-12 and two electric motors. Total output is 963 horsepower (800 from the ICE and 163 from the electric motors) and more than 663 pound-feet of torque. To help keep everything kosher on the road, the suspension system has been designed specifically for the car, and Brembo brakes are in place to bring this puppy to a stop.

Ferrari went above and beyond with the LaFerrari, with the exception of the name, but don’t even get me started on that one. Outside of the name, however, Ferrari is bringing a heavy hitter to a supercar market that is now going hybrid. It is slated to compete against models like the wild McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder – both of which have plenty of hybrid DNA in their genes. So, what separates the goofy-named LaFerrari from the pack of hybrid heavy hitters? Check out our full review below and you’ll find out that and more.

Updated 08/22/2016: Ferrari brought a satin black 2014 LaFerrari at the 2016 Mecum Auctions sale during Monterey Car Week, where it was auction for the record price of $4.7 million. Check the picture gallery for a new set of images taken during the auction.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB 4XX Siracusa By Mansory

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB 4XX Siracusa By Mansory

A fresh take on the Siracusa yields the same results

Every year at the Geneva Motor Show, some of the biggest aftermarket tuning firms troop to the event to showcase their latest wares. It’s a lot different than what people expect from automakers, because as tuners, their business is geared towards improving what automakers have done and make certain cars look better, drive faster, or in some cases, a combination of both.

Mansory is considered one of the best in the business, or at least one of the most influential tuners in the world. Every year, it goes to Geneva to unveil some of its new projects and this year will be no different. One of its new creations is this one, the 4XX Siracusa that’s based off of the Ferrari 488 GTB.

Like it? Don’t like it? Don’t worry, those are common reactions when it comes to these guys. The thing you have to realize with a tuner like Mansory is that the aggressive way it creates its programs often leads to polarizing reactions. Some people don’t like how edgy Mansory is with its kits, whereas others love the tuner’s willingness to be bold and provocative.

Either way, that reputation has served the Mansory well and that’s why it has no problem presenting a kit like the 4XX Siracusa at the world’s biggest auto show, where as has become a routine, the program will be one of the most talked-about cars in the showroom floor.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

The Ferrari FF becomes the GTC4Lusso with beautiful updates inside and out

Ferrari’s first AWD model, the Ferrari FF, was launched back in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. It was essentially a successor to the 612 Scaglietti and, outside of being AWD, it also strayed away from Ferrari’s traditional coupe styling. With its shooting-brake-like design and foldable seats, the FF offered 28 cubic feet of cargo room, while still packing a V-12 engine with impressive performance numbers – something you just don’t see from exotics of this caliber.

Even with its unusual design, the FF turned out to be pretty successful, and was set for a facelift that would debut for the 2016 model year. Since the announcement of the FF’s upcoming facelift, we’ve seen the spy shots and heard all the rumors. Just a couple months ago, we even created a rendering depicting what the facelift might bring to the table. For what it’s worth, our rendering really wasn’t that far off, but Ferrari had a big surprise in store for us to go along with the long-awaited redesign.

Along with the release of official photos ahead of the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Ferrari also announced that the Ferrari FF is no more. Yes, you read that right, the redesign also comes with a new name. Say goodbye to the FF and say hello to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. There are some other sweet surprises to go with the name change as well, so join me as I take an in-depth look at the new GTC4Lusso on the inside and out.

Updated 03/02/2016: Ferrari unveiled the new GTC4Lusso at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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2015 - 2016 Ferrari California T

2015 - 2016 Ferrari California T

Ferrari’s California T has quickly become a favorite among grand touring aficionados since its introduction for the 2015 model year. The front-engine, hardtop convertible is the least-expensive prancing horse in the Italian automaker’s stable, but offers all the grace and power of a proper Prancing Horse.

The new California underwent some drastic changes with its last redesign. It’s still the same 2+2 sports car, but its appearance is much more striking. Sharper lines add a certain crispness to its exterior and new interior comforts make the idea of long weekends on the road even more enticing.

The big news for the California T is what lurks under the hood: a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the California T hits 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The California T replaced a car that was frequently criticized for its softness and lack of Ferrari-ness. Debuting for 2009, the California featured a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V-8 that made 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Much of the commotion came over that engine’s placement – a mid-front position – which was a first in the automaker’s long history. Nevertheless, the car sold fairly well with its lower-than-average asking price.

However, Ferrari is never one to rest on its laurels. The 2017 model year is bringing a new high-performance handling package for the California T. Called the Handling Speciale, or simply HS package, the new option adds several upgraded bits, including stiffer springs, new damper settings, revised transmission calibration and F1-Trac logic traction control, a sportier exhaust system, and bespoke appearance upgrades.

Update 01/22/2016: Ferrari has announced a new performance handling upgrade for the California T called the Handling Speciale package. It combines several key updates that will give the California T better track handling and a throatier sound.The HS package will make its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

There’s been a lot of commotion around Ferrari’s decision to turbocharge the California, one that created a new departure from the company’s naturally aspirated leanings. If you’re among those that got a little upset over the forced-induction treatment received by the California, despite huge torque gains, then you’d better buckle up, because the Italians have just introduced the successor to the 458 Italia. It’s called 488 GTB and it’s turbocharged!

With engineers no longer looking to squeeze more power from the naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-8 unit, Ferrari replaced it altogether with a 3.9-liter V-8 based on the 3.8-liter powerplant that debuted in the 2015 California T. Of course, the mid-engined Prancing Horse received more than just the 560 ponies motivating the latter, with output now in the 600-horsepower range. And despite being a lot more powerful than its predecessor, the 488 GTB is also more fuel efficient, while emitting less carbon dioxide — two feats that result from turbo technology.

Naturally, the 488 GTB also received brand-new sheet metal. The body takes inspiration from both the 458 Italia and the 2014 LaFerrari hypercar, while paying homage to the classic 308 GTB. Sure, its design may not be as radical as the LaFerrari’s, but the 488 GTB is one hell of a performer, having lapped the Fiorano track nearly a full second quicker than the 458 Speciale. Keep reading for the full run-down and stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, where this new Ferrari is set to make its global debut.

Updated 07/02/2015: Ferrari unveiled a new video showing the new 458 GTB in action on both road and track. Enjoy!

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