The Ferrari F8 Tributo debuted today with a new V8 Ferrari mid-engined road car. Except that it's not new, because the bones of the thing go back to when everyone was laid off during the recession.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo is a 710 horsepower v8 mid-engine beast
Ferrari has just shown the first complete images of its replacement for the 488 GTB, and …
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Indeed, the F8 is a facade / update / development / whatever the name of the Ferrari 488 2015, which was a facade / update / development of the Ferrari 458 2009. A spokesman for Ferrari confirmed us that yes, the F8 Tributo and the 458 share a platform.
Nobody thinks too much about the distinction between 488 and 458 because the last car was truly a major development, at least as far as the engine goes, from natural suction to turbo. It's a real change in the character of the car.
On the other hand, the F8 and the 488 are both turbo cars, the differences between the new version and therefore … even more power. By and large, the 488's developments have been integrated into the limited edition Pista, but in a standard production model.
To be honest, it's typical of Ferrari's mid-engined V8 cars. The much vaunted Ferrari 355 is basically just a development of the 348, just like the 328 was one of the previous 308 and the 430 one of the 360 afterwards.
And none of this is particularly suitable for this type of car. The Audi R8 was virtually unchanged from 2006 to 2015 and even the "new generation" uses the same V10 engine as before. McLaren has only turned the 2011 MP4-12C into 650S, offering another nearly identical production until 2017, with a second-generation carbon tank and a larger version of McLarens' twin-turbo V8. Even this has its roots in the Le Mans C-Group Nissan racing engine, built in the late 80's and early 90's. Lamborghini at least gave Gallardo's replacement a new name with a new chassis in 2014 , although this older car has been in production since 2003, at the time. Ferrari still has a few years to reach this record.
I guess it's a philosophical question: when is a car really New and when is it an update? Car manufacturers never really want to make this distinction particularly clear.
All I can say is that the living dinosaurs of today's automotive world are among the most desirable, from the Toyota 4Runner (also from 2009 to the present). to this Ferrari twice update.
Anything new does not always mean better.