The Ferrari F8 Tributo was named to celebrate the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that sits at its core. An unusual christening, yes, but then it is a rather special engine having won the International Engine of the Year Award in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of it also being crowned the best engine of the past 20 years by the same voting panel.
Despite that, Novitec reckons that a few aftermarket tweaks can still improve on the 710bhp and 568lb ft of torque you get as standard in the F8. And (in terms of numbers at least) it seems that the German tuner was correct.
With a plug-and-play ECU that introduces new mapping and modifies the turbo boost pressure, Novitec has managed to up the F8’s figures to a frankly astounding 787bhp and 651lb ft. Crikey. The result is 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker than standard) and a top speed of somewhere above 211mph. “There is no such thing as enough power,” says Novitec in its press release.
To match the engine upgrade there’s also a high-performance, lightweight exhaust that can be had with or without ‘electronic sound management’. Plus, as you can probably tell, there are new springs that drop the Tributo by 35mm front and rear – although you can spec a nose-lift system to make sure you’ll still get over speed bumps. And the odd sweet wrapper, say.
The wheels are 22-inch forged items from American manufacturer Vossen and can apparently be had in 72 different colours. Oh, and Novitec says its designers are currently working on a range of bodywork components that “will be equal parts thrilling styling and aerodynamic efficiency”. Uh oh.
By: Greg Potts, June 9, 2020
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