Ferrari Stops Taking Orders For The F8 Tributo And Spider
Ferrari has stopped taking orders for the F8 Tributo and Spider supercars without giving an official explanation on the matter. The mid-engined models were among Ferrari’s bestsellers, and the reasoning behind closing order books might have to do with the entire production run being already covered.
Automotive News Europe reports that during a call with analysts last month, Ferrari CEO, Benedetto Vigna, revealed that the company has “the strongest ever order book in its history”, which is already covering “well into 2023”. This could mean that the production run of the F8 has also been covered, although no official timing has been given for the model’s scheduled end of production.
The F8 Tributo was introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, with the F8 Spider following in the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The model served as the latest member of the mid-engined V8-powered Ferrari bloodline replacing the 488 GTB.
Jacopo Marcon, product manager, confirmed the demise of the F8 from Ferrari’s catalog and said production of the supercar will continue while speaking to journalists during the press drive of the 296 GTB earlier this month. The latter is rumored to be an indirect replacement for the F8 series although Ferrari hasn’t officially described it as such.
One would suggest that Ferrari chose this strategy in order to quietly put down the eight-cylinder engine from its entry-level mid-engined supercar. The twin-turbo V8 is still available in the cheaper front-engined Portofino and Roma, and is also a part of the hybrid powertrain of the flagship SF90 Stradale and Spider alongside three electric motors. When asked about future V8-powered sports coupes, Jacopo Marcon pointed to the SF90.
The Ferrari 296 GTB (below) comes with a hybrid V6, while the Ferrari F8 Spider (above) is fitted with a twin-turbo V8.
Despite having fewer cylinders, the 296 GTB’s hybridized 2.9-liter V6 produces 819 hp (610 kW / 830 ps), making it more powerful than the F8’s twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 producing 710 hp (530 kW / 720 PS). However, there is a price difference between the two supercars with the €269,000 ($295,787) 296 GTB is more expensive than the €236,000 ($259,500) F8 Tributo.
In Europe, Ferrari sold 1,792 units of the F8 in 2021, which accounts for more than a third of the total Ferrari sales in the region (5,072 units). Among the new F8 owners, 55 percent chose the Tributo and 45 percent chose the Spider.