The F8 Spider is an even better way to experience Ferrari’s fantastic V8

It’s 20kg lighter and 50hp more powerful than the 488 droptop
by Ollie Kew | Sep 9, 2019
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What the Ferrari F8 Tributo does, rather cleverly, is fuse the feral 711hp twin-turbo V8 engine of the Ferrari 488 Pista with an updated version of the 488 GTB’s more comfortable chassis.

And now, you can combine those ingredients with a whole load more headroom. Because, like the 458 Spider and the 488 Spider before it, the F8 has swapped its fixed-in-place roof for an electrically retractable one. This, predictably, is the Ferrari F8 Spider.

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It’s 20kg lighter than the old 488 Spider, not to mention 50hp more powerful, but it’s also almost 40kg heavier than the McLaren 720S Spider. The McLaren is built around a carbon tub, too, whereas Ferrari prefers a metal chassis for its V8 supercar. So, the 720S needs no stiffening when it goes topless. And the Ferrari ends up just the wrong side of 1,500kg.

Still, it’s hardly hardy. North of 700hp means it’ll canter past 100kph in 2.9sec. Nil to 200kph takes 8.2sec. And the top speed is 400kph. So no, not a slow car. It’ll keep up with a 720S just fine.

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As usual, Ferrari says it’s reworked all the aerodynamic bits and bobs to keep the cabin free of gale-force winds while preserving the correct cooling demands and downforce priorities of the bodywork. The roof motors away in 24sec and so long as you’re not above 45kph, that’ll happen on the move, too.

It’ll cost around £210,000 (around P13.4 million), before many carbon-fiber lightweight options have been selected. And you’ll need them, plus a suitably eye-catching cabin leather hue. This is a cabrio, after all—you’ve got to make the cockpit spec a winner. Keep an eye on the configurator.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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