It made its debut this week at an exclusive private preview hosted by official importer Scuderia South Africa.
The Tributo replaces the 488 GTB as the “highest expression of the Prancing Horse’s classic two-seater berlinetta”, says Ferrari.
And it’s a real beaut. A scorching hot mid-engined supercar with evocative styling, although still representing some of Ferrari’s classic designs, such as the four round tail lights and louvred rear window.
Interestingly, or in other news, this launch comes at a time when Italian courts have just ruled the Ferrari 250 GTO “a work of art”.
The engine is a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 that makes an incredible 530kW at 8000rpm, motivating the car from zero to hero in 2.9 seconds, 200km/* in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 340km/* . That kind of performance can only be quoted as being awesomely exhilarating. Ferrari fans will recognise those numbers from the track ready 488 Pista from which this powerplant is derived.
The interior of the Tributo (which means tribute in English) has a different design if compared with the previous 488.
The dash features a mix of digital displays and traditional switchgear, and the materials, need we say, are premium throughout the cabin.
An all-new 7-inch touchscreen is set to, according to Ferrari, “significantly enhance the on-board environment”.
Ferrari seems to have upped the ante aerodynamically.
Price? Way out there!