Gulf Insider meets Dieter Knechtel, Head of Far East and Middle East at Ferrari, on the sidelines of the Middle East launch of the new Ferrari F8 Tributo.
So you decided for the Middle East launch of the F8 Tributo to be in Bahrain! Yes. Following its global debut at Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, the Ferrari community in Bahrain is able to view the Ferrari F8 Tributo before anyone else in the region. What makes this new Ferrari special? The F8 Tributo is the best 8-cylinder in the world. It’s also the most aerodynamically efficient series production mid-rear-engined berlinetta ever designed. It offers unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort, has unique characteristics and, as its name implies, is an homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.
It allows its owner to experience a significant improvement in their ability to hold the car when it’s closer to its performance limits thanks to the increase in power, weight reduction and improved aerodynamic coefficient. The F8 Tributo features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, integrating innovations and expertise developed thanks to the company’s involvement in the GT and Challenge championships. The solutions have been honed to create a series production mid-rear-engined berlinetta with the highest level of performance available.
How does the F8 Tributo compare with the 488 GTB?
The F8 Tributo replaces the 488 GTB and, in the range, is the model with the highest performance matched by the greatest driver involvement. There are significant improvements across the board aimed at providing even better control on the limit along with greater onboard comfort. Overall performance levels are significantly higher than those of the 488 GTB, thanks to the increase in power, weight reduction and improved aerodynamic coefficient. That performance is also now accessible to a larger number of drivers thanks to vehicle dynamics systems that make driving on the limit an easier and more confidenceinspiring experience.
What makes Ferrari’s V8 engines so spectacular?
In the automotive world, Ferrari’s V8 engine is seen as the very epitome of sportiness and driving pleasure. This is particularly the case when it is midrear- mounted in a two-seater. Ferrari has been honing the scope of abilities of this architecture, which creates an optimal weight balance, and thus delivers unparalleled thrillingly sporty driving.
The all new Ferrari F8 Tributo was unveiled by Euro Motors, the sole authorised dealer of Ferrari in Bahrain, in an exclusive event held at Hotel Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa.