For years we’ve been able to set our clocks to Ferrari’s mid-engined V8 product plan. Usually it goes: launch an all-new model, a few years later launch a track-focused version, then update the platform (a ‘modificato’ in Maranello-speak) and repeat. Hence 458 Italia, 458 Speciale, then ‘modificato’ 488 GTB and 488 Pista.
If everything went as predicted this time around, the next entirely predictable step would be an all-new model. Instead we get the F8 Tributo, which cuts the 2015 488 GTB’s lifespan shorter than usual and becomes the second ‘modificato’ to be spun off the platform introduced in 2009 for the 458 Italia.
Essentially the F8 drops the track-biased Pista’s 710bhp V8 engine in the road-biased GTB’s chassis, splits the difference on weight, downforce and lap times, then wraps the lot in a new design with a lightly refreshed interior. Ferrari says the F8 can lap its Fiorano test track in 1min 22.5sec - 0.5sec faster than a GTB, if a second down on the Pista.