Like a boss, the legendary Ferrari brand rolled up its sleeves and showed to Philippine online audiences late last week what a true pair of ripped racing muscles looked like.
Ferrari—instrumental in shaping the history of international motor racing and inspiring countless automotive passions and dreams across the world—revealed to Philippine media on Oct. 12 its F8 812 GTS (pictured above) and Spider—two of the Italian marque’s most powerful convertibles, which its maker said would “set the benchmark in the retractable hard top class”.
The only automaker to have been a contender in every Grand Prix season since Formula One started in 1951, Ferrari revealed the F8 Spider as an evolution of the 488 Spider, with technology derived from a long history of battles in Formula One. The Ferrari 812 GTS, on the other hand, marked the return of the V12 spider—a lineage which began in 1948 with the 166 MM, an authentic thoroughbred competition GT that won the two most prestigious endurance races in the world in 1949: The Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ferrari official Philippine importer and distributor Motostrada Inc shared that the F8 Spider marks the “evolution of the species”; the latest generation of drop-top sports cars equipped with the most successful mid-rear-mounted V8 in history. The 812 GTS, meanwhile, hails a triumphant return for a model type that has played a pivotal role in the brand’s history. Ferrari’s most powerful production convertible makes its introduction a whole 50 years after the debut of the last Spider to sport a front-mounted V12.
“Motostrada breaks new ground as we bring to the Philippines Ferrari’s latest masterpiece – the Ferrari F8 Spider. This car is truly a work of art and is a testament of just how versatile the Ferrari brand can be. We could not be any prouder of this milestone; for Motostrada and Ferrari as the prancing horse continues to show its dominance not only in the Philippine market, but also throughout the world,” declared Mody Llamas Jr, Motostrada President.
He added: “Motostrada is very proud to be able to bring a legendary masterpiece to our Ferraristas here in the Philippines. With the 812 GTS, Ferrari takes a piece of its rich history and molds it into a new breed of automotive innovation. We are thrilled for the return of a tradition, coming back with the most powerful production convertible that is ready to take the local automotive industry by storm.”
Motostrada Inc assistant general manager Natalia Bryzgalova told Inquirer Motoring that units of both models are expected to arrive in the country in the first quarter of 2021.
“The Ferrari business model is based on customer demand, as all the cars are configured and ordered by the actual buyers of the units. The cars are built based on the customer’s specifications. When the unit arrives there is a final buyer of the car already. So, the number of units (that will come in) will depend on the number of units ordered,” Bryzgalova disclosed when asked about the number of units Motostrada is expected to bring in.
As far as online orders are concerned, Bryzgalova advised: “The best (way to decide) is always to visit the showroom, so our team can assist the customer and address all the possible questions and or concerns. But customers can configure the unit in the comfort of their homes using the Ferrari online configuration tool. After configuration we will be in touch with the client to guide him or her for further steps, arrangements during the waiting time.”
Ferrari boasts that the F8’s V8 engine has raised the performance bar to unprecedented new heights, not only for turbo engines but power units of all types. The engine is a development of the V8 that won the “International Engine of the Year Award” for four consecutive years (starting 2016) and was also selected by the award body’s international panel of automobile journalist-jurors as the best engine of the last two decades—an incredible feat unmatched in the history of the awards.
The 812 GTS is the Spider version of the 812 Superfast, from which it takes both its specifications and performance, most notably the power unit which, thanks to its ability to unleash a massive 800 cv (788 horsepower) at 8500 rpm, is the most powerful engine in its class. The 718 Nm of torque guarantees impressive acceleration virtually on a par with that of the 812 Superfast, while the heady 8900 rpm rev limit means that sporty driving is undiminished.
That’s enough force to make you see doppio.