Consider the 2024 Ferrari F8 a relatively new model with a long and impressive pedigree. Reimagined from the core of the storied Ferrari 488, which itself evolved from the 458, the F8 blends the best bits from its family tree with updated hardware, styling and aerodynamics. Mounted amidship is the twin-turbo 710 horsepower 3.9-liter V-8 from the 488 Pista while nearly every other aspect has been refined to perform its duty to a higher standard. A thoroughbred from the start, it hasn’t changed much since its 2020 arrival. Its mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout still delivers the tactile and ethereal sensations inherent to the layout, the V-8 pulling to redline with glorious abandon, while the steering zeroes in apexes with the precision of a fighter jet while carbon ceramic brakes are on call to arrest velocity via near-telegraphic pedal action. Sophisticated software sharpens up driver inputs to extract maximum visceral experience, even allowing for swift, smooth drifts. Since it’s a Ferrari, buyers can spec it in just about any way they’d like but all 2024 models will be built as convertible Spiders; the Tributo coupe is now history.
What’s New for 2024?
Nothing, and we mean that it in the best way possible. The F8 is so dialed in that the next changes will likely come in the form of a special edition or a new model. Interested parties are advised to check their standing with Maranello.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Ferrari makes this easy. The F8 Spider is the only way to experience the magic now that the Tributo coupe is out of production. But there’s no need to panic as the Spider drives just like the Tributo and comes in a single trim that’s loaded with amenities. Plus, the Spider convertible’s folding hardtop does a decent coupe impression with the added benefit of letting the occupants bask in the sun’s rays whenever the mood strikes. Of course, no high-dollar supercar worth its salt leaves buyer desires unfulfilled, and Ferrari offers options that allow for a customized look, including an extensive selection of upholstery choices, exterior carbon-fiber components. Titanium exhaust pipes are also on offer, as are brake calipers in a host of different colors.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
At the core of this exotic beast is a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 producing 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Despite the push for hybridization in the supercar arena, the F8 remains resolutely free of electric propulsion. Likewise, the seven-speed automatic transmission funnels power to the rear wheels in a traditional fashion, and the results are predictably breathtaking. The engine hits a pleasantly sonorous note as it pulls to its 8000-rpm redline, and while the brakes do an equally adept job when it’s time to bring everything to a swift halt, the pedal requires a brief familiarization period to tune your senses. We’ve driven the previously available and virtually identical F8 Tributo on a racetrack in its native Italy and on roads on our shores and never come away anything less than invigorated. We’ve also wheeled the drop-top variant, which proved to be as quick and fun as it looks.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Fuel economy is but a trivial line item with most supercars but given the F8’s twin-turbo V-8 it’s better than one might expect. EPA rated for 15 mpg in the city and between 18 and 19 mpg on the highway, it’s slightly better than you’ll get with rivals such as the Lamborghini Huracán (up to 13/18 mpg). We haven’t had a chance to run the Ferrari on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route—part of our extensive testing regimen—so we can’t evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the F8’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website. visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Let’s be real—the F8’s performance and style are the priorities here. That said, gone are the days when aficionados would willingly fold themselves into biological origami just to experience the thrills offered by a supercar. And to that end, the F8 Spider provides comparatively pleasant and comfortable accommodations for two. Contrasting stitching and sporty design cues help give the interior a performance-themed aesthetic that matches that of the car’s sheet metal. There’s an expected shortage of random storage cubbies compared to a traditional sports sedan, but that’s part of the deal; like most exotics, the F8 is also very low on cargo space and the view out the back is impeded by the rear window’s louvers.
Infotainment and Connectivity
We can’t imagine ever tiring of the F8’s built-in V-8 soundtrack, but there’s a six-speaker audio system as well as Bluetooth phone and streaming audio for more reflective moments. Standard tech features also include a pair of LCD monitors and an integrated navigation system with a voice-activation feature. Curiously, Apple CarPlay integration is offered, but Android Auto isn’t available.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Supercars often come up short in the area of driver-assistance technology, and this is the case with the F8. Amenities such as a blind-spot warning system aren’t offered. For more information about the F8’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard backup camera
- Standard rear parking sensors
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
When it comes to its limited and powertrain warranties, Ferrari’s coverage matches the protection provided by Lamborghini. However, Ferrari surpasses this rival by providing seven years of complimentary scheduled maintenance. Lamborghini vehicles do not offer complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for seven years and unlimited miles
2020 Ferrari F8 Spider
mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
238 in3, 3902 cm3
710 hp @ 8000 rpm
567 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length: 181.5 in
Width: 77.9 in
Height: 47.5 in
Cargo volume: 7 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 3550 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 2.8 sec
100 mph: 5.3 sec
1/4 mile: 10.2 sec
Top speed: 211 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 16/15/19 mpg
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