Following its recent global launch at Geneva Motor Show, the all new Ferrari F8 Tributo, homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari History, was unveiled yesterday by Al Zayani, the sole authorized dealer of Ferrari in Kuwait, in an exclusive Prancing Horse festival held at the new Kuwait Motor Town (KMT), the latest exciting automotive destination in the region. This beautiful new product is currently touring the GCC market, to allow loyal Ferrarista to see the model in their home markets.
The F8 Tributo is the new mid-rear-engined 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 new model was revealed to an exclusive selection of VIP clients during an evening presentation hosted by Mohammed Dawleh, General Manager at Al Zayani and Giorgio Turri, General Manager, Ferrari Middle East. This emotionally charged moment concluded a day of exhilarating Ferrari action that commenced with a triumphant parade through the streets of Kuwait to KMT, and a special appearance of the Monza SP1.
The high-octane schedule also featured a display of automotive excellence, in the form of a Ferrari Challenge show, in which Tani Hanna, regional champion took part.The showcase of track activities produced a thrilling symphony of roaring engines throughout the afternoon, testing the handling of the new 488 Challenge vehicle to its limits.
Nail Al Zayani, Owner, Al Zayani commented, “This was an incredible moment for the Ferrari community in Kuwait. The reveal of the Ferrari F8 Tributo acted as a fitting conclusion to two days packed full of exciting Ferrari activities for our valued clientele. We were proud to hold our event for the first time at Kuwait Motoring Town, a destination that is perfectly poised to hold a special place in the hearts of Ferrarista here in Kuwait.”
Giorgio Turri, General Manager, Ferrari Middle East added, “Today’s event underlined the power and the prestige of the Ferrari lifestyle here in Kuwait. We are proud to showcase some of our most beautiful models together with the Ferrari Challenge at one of the world’s latest state-of-the-art racing tracks. The F8 Tributo is the most powerful V8 engine to date, carrying forward our legacy of delivering world-class design and unbeatable excitement to our loyal fans. I would like to thank Al Zayani for their passionate support of the brand in Kuwait.”
Mohammed Dawleh, General Manager, Al Zayani concluded: “The launch of the F8 Tributo was very well received by Ferrari enthusiasts here in Kuwait and we expect it to be very popular among our discerning clientele.The F8 Tributo pushes further the boundaries of automotive excellence, delivering on the ethos of Ferrari that was set by its founder Enzo Ferrari when he said the best Ferrari is always the next one.”
The F8 Tributo sets 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.
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 on-board comfort.
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 mid-rear-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, to perfection for over four decades.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Center, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasis Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency. In fact, the F8 Tributo is the most aerodynamically efficient series-production mid-rear-engined berlinetta ever designed.
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.
It was only through close synergy with the Ferrari Styling Center that the strict aerodynamic constraints could be so flawlessly interpreted and integrated into the car’s design. A good example is the S-Duct at the front and the redesigned blown spoiler system at the rear which are underscored by the car’s clean yet decisive lines.
The cockpit retains the classic, driver-oriented look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas. Every element of the dash, door panels and tunnel has been completely redesigned specifically for the car. The F8 Tributo also boasts a new generation steering wheel and steering wheel-mounted controls as well as new styling on the standard seats.
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 confidence-inspiring experience.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo is expected to be on the roads later this year and is available only through Al Zayani, the sole authorized dealership of Ferrari in Kuwait.