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It wouldn’t be a Geneva motor show without a new Ferrari, and the F8 Tributo is it – a mid-engined two-seater.

Described as “the highest expression of the company’s classic two-seater berlinetta”, the F8 Tributo is powered by a V8 engine putting out some 720hp – the most ever seen in a series production model from the Italian supercar brand.

The output is the same as the limited edition Pista version of the F8 Tributo’s predecessor, the 488 GTB. It also matches the new car’s direct rival, the McLaren 720S.

Ferrari insists the F8 Tributo boasts improvements in all areas. The power output is 50hp more than the 488, torque is increased to 770Nm alongside a weight saving of 40kg and a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency.

The aero upgrades are achieved by adopting many of the track-developed upgrades seen on the 488 Pista, particularly special measures designed to help manage engine heat. These include the rearward-angled front radiators and engine air intakes positioned either side of the spoiler instead of on the rear flanks.

Ferrari F8 Tributo 02 - Geneva 2019 | The Car Expert

Also directly lifted from the 488 Pista is the S-duct front air intake. This has been redesigned, helping to boost downforce by 15%.

All the upgrades result in the new car’s 0-62mph time dipping below three seconds. The F8 Tributo passes 124mph from rest in just 7.8 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 211mph.

Ferrari adds that measures such as the latest version of the ‘Side Slip Angle Control’ cornering aid ensure that while a very potent car, the F8 also offers very usable performance.

It is likely to be around a year before the F8 Tributo goes on sale and Ferrari is not yet revealing a price – industry observers suggest starting figures above £200,000.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.