Charlie Cooksey from Gulf Insider drives the new Ferrari F8 Spider.
The F8 Spider is a mid-rear-mounted two-seater that provides jaw dropping performance with reputedly the best 8-cylinder engine in the world. It offers intense driving pleasure, unprecedented handling, and superior ride comfort.
Luxuriously stitched leather seats hold you in secure comfort no matter how hard you drive this car. Every element of the dash, steering wheel, door panels and tunnel is beautifully designed.
It was a beautiful April day – not too hot, and while waiting at the Al Hawaj traffic lights, I remembered this car becomes a convertible at the touch of a button… So, I activated the process, by which, the blue sky opened up for me.
The conversion to an open top sports car takes a dozen or so seconds and is mechanics as an art form. I realized all eyes from within the other cars around me were watching with fascination as the car changed.
The F8 Spider was designed in parallel with the F8 Tributo – the most powerful, fastest, and lightest Ferrari for its type. They replace the 488 GTB and 488 Spider and have been significantly improved to provide even better control and on-board comfort.
The 3.9 litre twin turbo V8 engine produces a massive 710 horsepower, which is 49 hp more than its predecessor. Overall performance levels are significantly higher, thanks to the increase not just in power, but weight reduction and improved aerodynamic coefficient.
This is a seriously fast car. It will go from zero to 100 kph in just 2.9 seconds.
When driving fast, the massive horsepower is skilfully controlled thanks to Ferrari technology, so it doesn’t smash you in the back when you put your foot down. Rather, the car’s torque ramps up with every gear employed and thanks to masterful engineering and technology, it lets you throw it about like it’s a Golf GTI. It makes you think you’re a more skilled driver than you actually are. And this Ferrari also behaves itself impeccably in the slow-moving Manama traffic, pottering along at low speed in comfort and without fuss.
Available in Bahrain from Euro Motors, the sole authorized dealership of Ferrari in Bahrain. For more information, call 1775 0750.