Back in 2020 the Ferrari 488 morphed into its successor, the gorgeous F8. We say “morphed” because the F8 wasn’t an all-new model like its name suggests, but rather an improved version of its 488 predecessor—a mashup of the 488 Pista’s engine and numerous mechanical, styling, and aerodynamic tweaks. The F8 hasn’t changed much since its introduction. The compact, mid-mounted 3.9-liter V-8 engine is boosted by two turbos and blasts 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. It is brilliant to drive and wicked fast, with the astounding performance capability you’d expect from an exotic mid-engine machine. The power is seemingly endless, the steering is light yet precise, the carbon-ceramic brakes are strong, and the suspension can gobble up apexes yet still provide a comfortable ride. The F8 is even down for hooning with sophisticated software that sharpens up driver inputs to allow for swift, smooth drifts. Since it’s a Ferrari, buyers can spec it in just about any way they’d like but all 2023 models will be built as convertible Spiders; the Tributo coupe is now history.
What’s New for 2023?
The only notable change for the 2023 model year is that all F8 models built will be in the convertible Spider configuration; no Tributo coupes will be produced.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
With the Tributo coupe now out of production there’s no choice; it’s the Spider or nothing. Not to worry; the Spider drives just like the Tributo and comes in a single trim that’s loaded with amenities. Besides, we’ve always preferred the Spider convertible even though it costs more than the coupe because it feels even more exotic. As one would expect of a high-dollar supercar, Ferrari offers options that allow for a customized look, including an extensive selection of upholstery choices. Also, upgrades such as titanium exhaust pipes and exterior carbon-fiber components are offered, and you can choose from brake calipers in a host of different colors.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The F8 Spider is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 that produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. And in this era of hybridized exotics, the F8 is remains resolutely free of electric propulsion. All models are rear-wheel drive, and a seven-speed automatic transmission changes the gears. This Ferrari is quick enough to make an indelible impression. We’ve driven the previously-available and virtually identical F8 Tributo on a racetrack in its native Italy and on roads on our shores. We’ve also wheeled the drop-top variant, which proved to be as quick and fun as it looks. Handling is precise and rewarding. The Ferrari’s engine hits a pleasantly sonorous note as it does its work, and the brakes do a masterful job of bringing it to a swift halt.
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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The F8 is rated at 15 mpg in the city and between 18 and 19 mpg on the highway. That’s slightly better mileage than you’ll get with rivals such as the Lamborghini Huracán (up to 13/18 mpg). We haven’t had a chance to run the Ferrari on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route—part of our extensive testing regimen—so we can’t evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the F8’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The F8 Spider provides seating for two passengers within a cabin that’s roomy enough to provide pleasant, comfortable accommodations. Contrasting stitching and sporty design cues help give the interior a performance-themed aesthetic that matches that of the car’s sheetmetal. The view out the back is impeded by the rear window’s louvers. Many exotics are very low on cargo space, and the F8 is no exception.
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Infotainment and Connectivity
The F8 Spider comes with a six-speaker audio system as well as Bluetooth phone and streaming audio. The list of standard tech features also includes a pair of LCD monitors and an integrated navigation system with a voice-activation feature. The list of options includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay integration is offered, but Android Auto isn’t available.
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Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Supercars often come up short in the area of driver-assistance technology, and this is the case with the F8. Amenities such as a blind-spot warning system aren’t offered. For more information about the F8’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
Standard backup Standard rear parking sensors
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
When it comes to its limited and powertrain warranties, Ferrari’s coverage matches the protection provided by Lamborghini. However, Ferrari surpasses this rival by providing seven years of complimentary scheduled maintenance. Lamborghini vehicles do not offer complimentary scheduled maintenance.
Limited warranty covers three years and unlimited miles Powertrain warranty covers three years and unlimited miles Complimentary maintenance is covered for seven years and unlimited miles
2020 Ferrari F8 Spider
mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
238 in3, 3902 cm3
710 hp @ 8000 rpm
567 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length: 181.5 in
Width: 77.9 in
Height: 47.5 in
Cargo volume: 7 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 3550 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 2.8 sec
100 mph: 5.3 sec
1/4 mile: 10.2 sec
Top speed: 211 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 16/15/19 mpg
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