Ferrari debuted the F8 Tributo coupe at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to replace the outgoing 488 GTB. It was a foregone conclusion that the 488 Spider would also be replaced, and so it has happened that the Ferrari F8 Spider is here.
The new convertible emulates almost all of the F8’s design elements while adding a retractable hardtop to the package. Of course, the Spider is way ahead in terms of performance and dynamics compared to the model it replaces.
The Ferrari F8 Spider is 70kg heavier than its coupe sibling, yet it masks its heft both visually and dynamically.
Ferrari is clearly aiming for the McLaren 720S Spider with the drop-top F8. Despite being 40kg heavier than the British supercar, the F8 Spider can keep up with it without effort.
Ferrari has always had a proud tradition of outdoing itself with the launch of every new car. The F8 Spider does not break from it, offering an improved experience over the 488 Spider. Its retractable hard-top neatly deploys either way in a mere 14 seconds if the car does not exceed 45kph. Those smashing good looks are not entirely for show. The Ferrari F8 Spider slips through the air more efficiently, 10 percent more when compared to the 488 Spider.
Weight reduction is something Maranello takes seriously, which results in the drop-top F8 saving 20kg over the model it replaces. In fact, the weight loss program is so impressive, it is just 20kg heavier than the hardcore 488 Pista Spider. 9.7 kilos of the total were shaved off by incorporating lighter parts in the engine. Inconel exhaust manifolds and intake line adapted from the 488 Challenge race car have not only contributed to lower weight, but also added more power and torque to the F8 Spider’s total output.
Drivetrain & Performance
The newest convertible from Maranello uses the same 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 as its coupe sibling, generating 711hp and 770Nm. That amounts to a 50hp and 10Nm increase over the outgoing 488. The gains translate into real-world performance as well, with the F8 Spider touching 100kph a tenth of a second quicker than the 488 Spider at 2.9 seconds. It’s also half a second quicker to 200kph at 8.2 seconds, with a substantially higher top speed – 340kph, as compared to the 488’s 325kph.
Ferrari cabins are driver-oriented, which is why you see the touchscreen infotainment console placed in front of the passenger seat.
Typical of Ferrari, the F8 Spider’s interiors are well-appointed and completely open to personalisation. Two bucket seats with harnesses, a minimalistic dashboard with a 7-inch touchscreen, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with a tasteful instrument console behind – that’s all you get inside the Spider’s cabin. But then, you really don’t need anything else.
The centre console is an elegant, simplistic unit holding the Spider’s drive mode switches. The seats are contoured and cut out in strategic places to maximise comfort and grip – for the F8 Spider is capable of pulling impressive g-forces while cornering, enough to unseat the driver if not for well-placed restraints and support.
Finally, air-conditioning vents and ‘F8 Spider’ badging peppered across the dashboard paired with the prancing horse emblem on the steering wheel provide a popping contrast to the predominantly dark cabin.
The 2020 Ferrari F8 Spider will be followed by a drop-top 812 Superfast in the coming weeks.