Ferrari has unveiled the F8 Spider, the new generation drop-top sports car equipped with the most successful mid-rear-mounted V8 in history. The F8 Spider excels in merging handling dynamics with surprising in-car comfort, setting a new benchmark in terms of usable performance and exceptional handling. The V8 engine is a development of the V8 that won the International Engine of the Year Award for four consecutive years and was selected as the best engine of the last two decades. The F8 Spider’s greatest achievement is that it unleashes its power instantaneously with zero turbo lag, whilst retaining this V8’s unique soundtrack.

The 3902 cc V8 unleashes 720 cv at 8,000 rpm and has an impressive specific power output of 185 cv/l. Its maximum torque peaks at 770 Nm at 3,250 rpm. The new Spider offers instantaneously accessible power that is matched by exceptional handling thanks to advanced vehicle dynamics solutions, which includes a new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+). The air intakes of the F8 have been moved to the rear, now located on either side of the blown spoiler and directly connected to the intake plenums. This reduces losses and ensures greater air flow to the engine, thereby increasing power output.

For many years, Ferrari has been adopting a hard top because of the comfort it provides. As a result, the design of the F8 Spider’s lines was crafted around its RHT (Retractable Hard Top). The key to the whole design was shifting the separation line between the car’s body and roof from its conventional position at the belt-line to above the B-pillar. The top itself is thus more compact and two-dimensional, allowing it to be divided into two parts and stowed on top of the engine.

The front view of the car is characterised by the S-Duct around which the entire front end has been redesigned to highlight the extensive aerodynamic modifications made to this area. The clearest example is the new horizontal LED headlights. The rear spoiler has been entirely redesigned. It is now larger and wraps around the tail lights, lowering the car’s centre of gravity and allowing a return to the classic twin light cluster and body-coloured tail. The manta-like look of the engine cover is one of the F8 Spider’s most distinctive characteristics and created by a central spine that starts from the rear screen and disappears under the wing of the blown spoiler. The two wings that emerge from the central volume meld harmoniously with the bodywork, lending a sense of visual continuity. These wing elements are suspended, creating an air vent below them, which helps improve dissipation of heat coming off the engine. The crests that emerge from the prominent volumes of the tonneau cover fins flow sinuously rearwards, which in turn enhances the car’s already powerfully sporty personality.

The F8 Spider’s cockpit retains the classic, driver-oriented look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas, a concept that creates a symbiotic relationship between driver and car, with all controls mounted on the new generation steering wheel. The dash incorporates an aluminium sail panel supporting the central satellite. A sliver of carbon fibre divides the upper and lower parts, streamlining the whole look. This section also incorporates the optional seven-inch touchscreen passenger-side display, whilst the dash is completed by the classic instrument cluster. The tunnel is clearly separated from the dash and set beneath it to enhance the sensation of the lightness of the car. It features a new bridge, a sculptural creation that seems to float and streamlines the cabin.

The F8 Spider has taken state-of-the-art aerodynamic solutions and innovations from Ferrari’s GT and moulded them into the production mid-rear-engined drop-top, making the highest level of performance accessible to drivers of all abilities. In the F8 Spider, the position of the front radiators are rearward-angled, which is beneficial in cooling terms but simultaneously shrinks the underbody surface area that can be used to generate downforce.

Overall performance levels are significantly higher than those of the 488 Spider, thanks to the increase in power, weight reduction, and improved aerodynamic coefficient. That performance is now accessible to a larger number of drivers thanks to vehicle dynamics systems that make driving on the limit an easier, more confidence-inspiring experience. The FDE is a lateral dynamics control system that uses Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the callipers. This technology is now being used on the F8 Spider.

Ferrari now offers a seven-year maintenance programme with all models, including the F8 Spider. This special service covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life, and is also available to owners buying pre-owned Ferraris. ✤