It’s a sports car worth about P35 million. And the exhilaration you get from all the speed and the technology it offers makes the prize just an after-thought for those who can afford it.
Motostrada, the country’s official and exclusive dealer of Ferrari in the Philippines, unveiled the Ferrari F8 Tributo in a virtual launch at its Ferrari Philippines Facebook page last Monday. And as mind-boggling as the prize is, the new speedster lives up to the hype that it’s one of 2020’s big stars.
“From outstanding performance, speed, and excellence, the racing legacy of Ferrari has brought a unique and exclusive experience to car enthusiasts in our country. Today, we at Motostrada have unveiled the illustrious Italian company’s latest and fastest sports car to-date — the Ferrari F8 Tributo,” Wellington Soong, Motostrada Chairman Emeritus, said.
Soong formed an alliance with businessman and President Duterte supporter Dennis Uy two years ago for a stronger Ferrari and Maserati presence in the market. The re-organization also saw Mody Llamas, Jr. taking charge of Ferrari Philippines operations as president of Motostrada while Sam Verzosa was installed as president of Modena Motorsports Inc. distributing Maserati.
According to Motostrada, the launch of the latest V8 Ferrari model reflects the company’s and Ferrari’s strong ties and commitment to grow the Ferrari brand in the Philippine market, by offering the full model range and the aftersales support to the customers.
“As the official and exclusive dealer of Ferrari in the Philippines, we fully embrace the values that Ferrari upholds. Expect that our integrity and quality of service are particularly met with the standards set by Ferrari. The iconic release of the Ferrari F8 Tributo here in our country perfectly mirrors Motostrada’s goal to become the leader in automotive innovation, unafraid of fusing the historic past and the revolutionary future for the ever-growing and exclusive Ferrari community,” Llamas said.
F8 Tributo is the brand’s new mid-rear-engine sports car that represents the highest expression of the Prancing Horse’s classic two-seater Berlinetta. It is a car with unique characteristics and, as its name implies, is an homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.
The F8 Tributo replaces the 488 GTB and, in the range, Ferrari intends to set the market benchmark for performance, driving pleasure and ease of handling. It makes the exhilarating performance of the best 8-cylinder in the world accessible to all drivers, with unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort according to Ferrari. The engine is also the most powerful V8 ever to be mounted in a non-special series Ferrari, achieving new heights not just for turbos, but for engines across the board.
Its turbocharged V8 engine, which was already been used in other models in the range at various power output levels, won the “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year for three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018 and was also awarded the title of the best engine of the last two decades.
The F8 Tributo’s engine is so linear that it delivers power without the slightest hint of turbo lag and produces an evocative soundtrack. Instantaneous power is matched by exceptional handling thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art aerodynamics solutions derived from Ferrari’s track experience. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasize Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency and is considered to be the most aerodynamically efficient series-production mid-rear-engined Berlinetta ever designed.
Alvin Uy wears many hats, foremost among them being an executive for a home improvement chain and real estate developer and part of a family-owned chemical business. Aside from writing about motoring news and car reviews, he loves to write about traveling, food and wine reviews, mechanical timepieces and classic cars.