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2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 16, 2020

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Karan Rawat

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By the looks of it, Ferrari seems to be on an unstoppable roll over the past few years in rolling out new mid-engine models out of Italy and completely making us scratch out everything we know and believe of what a rear-wheel driven sports car is capable of. One of Ferrari’s latest family members goes by the name ‘F8 Tributo’ which is a nod to all the great mid-engine sports cars Ferrari has produced over the years like the legendary F40, F430 and the 458.

These were some of the cars that were so ahead of their time performance-wise and set the benchmark so high for many of the other manufactures within this segment which later on gave the world some brilliant work of art sports cars like the Huracan Performante and McLaren's 675LT which are originally based off models that competed alongside the 458. Fast forward to the year 2021, the Ferrari F8 Tributo is set to venture into the new model year without any changes, and go all guns blazing against the likes of the Mclaren 720S, Lamborghini Aventador S, and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

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Pros

Brilliant ride quality off the track

Instantaneous power delivery

Excellent traction control system

Packs an award-winning engine underneath its hood

Cons

Brake pedal feedback is not as great as other rivals

Slightly less communicative steering wheel

What's New?

The car remains unchanged from the model year 2020


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Review video

Styles

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo in Colorado Red color
Colorado Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.9

Safety

8.0

Final Verdict

8.6

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Base

Base

power
711 hp @ 8000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$280,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.9L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $280,000 MSRP (21/23/27) 711 hp @ 8000 rpm, 3.9 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
7-Speed Dual-Clutch Gearbox rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

8.8

Overall Rating


The F8 Tributo came in hot as the more serious and powerful sibling of the Portofino which debuted just a year back. Some would say the Tributo is the better Ferrari of the two because of its jaw-dropping looks and outrageous performance, and we can’t deny that at all! The F8 comes with chiseled panels and creases along with the silhouette of the coupe that lifts the persona of this coupe along with the heart of the 710 bhp engine that was in the 488 Pista.

Since the F8 just dropped this year, it is highly unlikely that Ferrari would put the F8 under the knife for another 4 to 5 years. Having said so, we should be getting the same F8 in the following year that we all know from this year. Let’s go ahead and dive into the F8 and see whether or not the Tributo deserves to roll into a new year without any alterations.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Front 3 Quarter View
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Rear View

8.0/10
Features

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.6/10
Final Verdict


2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Features

8.0/10

Ferrari focuses more on performance rather than offering convenience features and options, which is why you often see the “GTO” or “GTB” spec of the same model which is aimed towards getting quicker lap times with enhanced race car hardware on the inside and outside of the coupe. Thus, the entry trim of the line can be considered to be the one with the most luxury if that’s what you are fetching for.

The current F8 is equipped with a decent spread of features that would be ideal to get by on a day to day basis, and nobody bats an eye at it cause if they do then they are better off with something else that doesn’t have the Ferrari badge.

The 2021 F8 should likely be a mirror image to the currently outgoing F8 with the obvious add-on packages to kit your coupe with.

Trims

F8 Tributo

MSRP

$280,000 (Est)

Key Features

Leather bucket seats

 

Redesigned steering wheel with paddle shifters and audio controls

 

7-inch passenger info display

 

Navigation

 

Voice control

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

With a price tag of just under $300,000, the Ferrari F8 is without a doubt a car that would be unattainable to the majority of us humans on earth. But compared to the others in the segment, the F8 can be considered as a bargain with how many cars you get for that much money.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Spending money on the car would turn into a habit considering its awful fuel economy, high-performance tires, brakes, regular maintenance services, and on and on. Nothing buyers in this segment would be shocked by though, it's sort of a package deal.

In terms of reliability, the sporty Italians aren’t really the ones that are known for it. To add to it, Ferrari has not won any J.D. Power for reliability in the past years too. And since the F8 Tributo has just entered the market this year, we cannot comment on anything as of yet. However, the F8’s predecessor, the 488GTB was once recalled in 2019 for a fuel system issue that had a weak fuel vapor separator which was rectified and treated on the F8 models this year.

Warranty

Ferrari’s limited and powertrain warranties match what Lamborghini provides. They also provide a number of maintenance plans that are all aimed towards keeping that prancing horse in top-notch form. 

Ferrari surpasses its Italian rival by offering complimentary scheduled maintenance for seven years of the F8’s life that would include original parts replacement, lubricants, labor, engine oil, and brake fluid. It can also be extended for another 8 more years with roadside assistance too.

Criteria

Period

Warranty Type

Bumper-to-bumper Coverage

Basic

3 years/ Unlimited miles

Drivetrain

3 years/ Unlimited miles

Corrosion

3 years/ Unlimited miles

Roadside Assistance

3 years/ Unlimited miles

Maintenance

7 years/ Unlimited miles

Miles per dollar

As we mentioned earlier, it is a must to have deep pockets for buyers in this segment since they would be shelling out a healthy amount of cash to keep this F8 running. A 3.9 liter twin-turbocharged V8 does not sound like a fuel-efficient combination at all. The F8 gets an average of 16mpg combined, which is also not very efficient, and Ferrari does not bother changing that for the newer model, why should they? 

Their customers don’t really care because of its part and parcel with any of the Ferrari. They are more concerned about the ‘Smile per dollar’ instead, which the 2021 F8 will deliver generously like the outgoing model without a doubt.

But since we’re here let’s get over with it. The 2021 F8 should set you back roughly about $2,650 annually just on fuel depending on how often you take it out and how well you can resist yourself from slamming the throttle while keeping in mind that every 25 miles would cost you $4.42. Compared to its predecessor, the 488GTB is marginally better in terms of gas cost. But then again, which Ferrari owner really cares?

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Buying Advice

Ferrari offers the F8 Tributo in a single trim that is equipped with an ample amount of amenities that make it a great appeal for buyers shopping within the segment. Keep in mind that Ferrari is a sports car company and not a luxury one so if you are expecting to find features like massage seats, lane discipline, radar cruise control, and such, you would be looking into the wrong segment completely. Buying a Ferrari requires you to know how to drive without any driver aid modes.

Nevertheless, you get a set of two LCD monitors that display performance-orientated information like RPM, speed, and gear selected and navigation. You will find a manually adjustable telescopic and tilt steering column so the keyless entry and start are the most you can expect in terms of convenience features.

Is buying a used Ferrari F8 Tributo a good idea?

Since Ferrari released the F8 in 2020, most of the F8’s would be found still at the dealerships so getting your hands on one is going to be easier than ordering Starbucks. And yes, it would be a good idea, especially over Portofino. It's built over the superb 488GTB with the heart from a Pista pumping out 710 Italian stallions. 

To add to it, it is comparatively less expensive than the British rival, McLaren’s 720S, and is less likely to break down compared to them. You can never go wrong with a Ferrari, and with the F8, it's made to salute the great mid-engine sports cars Ferrari has produced over the decades.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Engine and Performance

9.9/10

Under the hood of the F8 exists an empty space that’s good for a carry-on bag or two for a weekend getaway. If you’re wondering where the engine is, it sits right behind the cabin for better weight distribution and grip. The 2021 model will be getting the same engine that is there in the 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo which was the same one carried from the Ferrari Pista that we all know and love.

The F8 isn’t just all bark with the whole tribute to the great mid-engine Ferrari’s produced over the decades. It drives like a dream too. The F8 possesses such a raw driving dynamic that is truly unmatched with any other. Experiencing the best of it is a challenge on public roads, and that 710 horsepower engine doesn’t make this easier either. The slightest touch to the pedal and you’re pressed against your seat.

So, to experience the complete potential of the F8 would be at the track, where you can unleash all the 710 Italian stallions from the 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 under that louvered Lexan cover screaming at 8000 rpm. It is officially the most powerful V8 engine Ferrari has ever produced that is for a non-special series car, not just that, this is the same engine that won the Best Engine award at the International Engine of the Year awards from 2016 to 2018. 

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Engine

To add to it, it was also ranked as the best engine of the last two decades in 2018. Now isn’t that convincing enough? Power is sent through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox which can be operated with through the flappy paddles behind the steering wheel that also have an F1 style shift indicator light at the top of the steering wheel.

Models

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Lamborghini Aventador S

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

MSRP

$280,000

$300,000

$426,000

$305,000

Engine

3.9L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

6.5L Naturally Aspirated V12

5.2L Twin-Turbo V12

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

710 hp @ 8,000 rpm

710 hp @ 7,500 rpm

729 hp @ 8,400 rpm

715 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque

568 lb-ft @ 3,250 rpm

568 lb-ft @ 5,500 rpm

509 lb-ft @ 5,500 rpm

663 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

It sure is a hard pill to swallow that the 710 horsepower F8 is in fact one of the least powerful engines of the segment that sits neck and neck with the power figures of the McLaren 720S. Having the bigger engine of the bunch is cool, you have absolutely no trace of lag and the sound of the engine does not get interrupted by the turbos. 

However, the V12 in the Lamborghini is probably one of the oldest engines to be running today. Plus that extra four-cylinder does add more weight to the car, along with the AWD system.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Acceleration and Braking Performance

A quick-shifting transmission, high power output engine, mid-engine setup grip, and great launch control is a great recipe for achieving quick acceleration off the line (would be perfect if it had an AWD system). The Ferrari F8 Tributo accelerates from a standstill to 60mph in about 2.8 seconds, which is about as quick as what we can expect from an RWD car without drag radials on a prep surface. Flat out, this thing would cover a quarter-mile in 10 seconds.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 2.8 sec

In the braking department, the F8 comes fitted with a set of 15.6-inches of carbon-ceramics up front and 14.2-inches up back to stop all that 710 bhp. Coupled with the lightweight of the F8, we should expect it to come to a halt from 60mph under 100ft. However, the braking system is flyby Drive which makes communication while braking rather numb.

Models

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Lamborghini Aventador S

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

0-60 (seconds)

2.8

2.9

2.9

3.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

N/A

10.3

10.9

N/A

Top speed (MPH)

211

212

217

211

60-0 (feet)

N/A

99

102

N/A

We expect the F8 to match the 720S in terms of quarter-mile performance since they are almost identical on paper with their power, torque and weight (although the 720S has the edge by a few pounds) the brute force of the Ferrari should put this F8 close to 10 seconds flat out.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Fuel Economy

8.0/10

For the people that really give a Ferrari’s backside about gas mileage, this section would leave them disappointed. The F8 is a 710 horsepower stallion that is capable of galloping to 60mph in under 3 seconds and flat out doing 211 mph. It's tailored towards achieving great lap times around the Fiorano Circuit rather than getting good gas mileage. The EPA estimates a 16 mpg combined, which is just a tad shy from what you would get in a 6.2 liter V8 Escalade that can practically carry a whole classroom of kids.

The 2021 model should be getting the exact same mpg figures as the 2020 F8 Tributo since Ferrari is driving into the new year with the same powertrain.

Models

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Lamborghini Aventador S

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

MPG (City)

15

15

10

14

MPG (Highway)

19

22

17

22

MPG (combined)

16

18

12

17

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

22.7

19

22.5

20.5

Range (miles)

360

342

270

374

Let's address the elephant in the room here, the Aventador has one of the oldest engines here but also the most powerful and best sounding of the lot. Which also has the worst fuel economy rated at 12mpg combined. Though supercar buyers don’t usually bat an eye at fuel economy, this could however be a huge deal-breaker for many of the buyers. Really makes the F8 look like a Prius here.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Interior

9.0/10

The Ferrari F8 Tributo’s interior is nothing like anything it replaces. Ferrari has given the interior a completely new design that also retains the classic Ferrari layout with a splash of modern features and elements across the cabin.

The cabin seats two occupants like any other in its class with ample amounts of headroom and legroom, although the pedals could be too close for the big footers. Ferrari gives you the choice of six different seat styles, the regular one offers the most comfort and cushioning leaning more towards a grand tourer. But what you should really get are the carbon fiber racing seats that hold you in place around the corners while you pull some serious Gs. And unlike other kidney piercing carbon fiber seats, these offer remarkable comfort at the same time, which means you will still be in comfort while flinging this ‘rari around the track.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Cockpit Area

Ferrari being Ferrari has designed the cockpit of the F8 with a mix of traditional switches, digital screens, and premium material that gave us one of the best cabins up to date from Ferrari. The F1 inspired racing steering wheel houses most of the controls as well as a shift indicator on top of a series of flashing lights, classic Ferrari stuff. The aluminum wrapped air vents look like boosters at the back of a fighter jet. The passenger also gets to join in the fun from their seat with the optional LCD screen which displays all the performance data and navigation too.

Models

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Lamborghini Aventador S

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

4

Front (Headroom/ Shoulder Room/ Legroom; inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Second (Headroom/ Shoulder Room/ Legroom; inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

On paper, the Aston claims to accommodate up to 4 passengers. But in reality and normal human dimensions, it is near impossible for a passenger to ride at the back. It's better off as being used as a shelf or something to keep your Gucci bag on.

How’s the 2021 Ferrari F8’s infotainment system?

Ferrari’s Human Machine interface has been revamped and improved over the infotainment system in the 488GTB and responds better when interacted with various knobs, switches, and buttons. You get a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth connectivity. 

Standard features include a pair of LCD monitors we already know about that display performance data and navigation info along with voice recognition. Apple CarPlay is offered but not Android Auto, does that imply that rich people only have iPhones?

Since Ferrari will be rolling the F8 into 2021 as it is, we hope they add Android Auto to the standard features alongside the Apple CarPlay.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe cockpit area
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Interior Image
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe  front seats
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Interior Image
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe  front seats
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Interior Image
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe center console
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Interior Image
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe door
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Interior Image
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe cockpit area
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Interior Image
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe dashboard
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe Interior Image

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Exterior

9.9/10

The design team at Ferrari has always done a remarkable job in nailing the looks on each and every Ferrari over the years. The combination of aerodynamics with stunning looks has given us some of the most beautiful looking cars over the years. The F8 is a great example of that, if wall posters were still a thing, the F8 would definitely be up there besides the F40, Countach, and other heart-melting models.

The F8 Tributo showcases Ferrari’s new design language characterized by an S-Duct in front that has been redesigned to increase downforce by 15% more than the already aerodynamic 488. Under the new set of LED headlights, the F8 gets large openings on its bumper that dedicates its aero to cool off those large 15-inch carbon ceramics. 

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe 

The monstrous V8 is covered by a Lexan screen that’s a callback to the iconic F40, that’s louvered to act as a heat extractor. The quad taillights sit over the dual tailpipes which are integrated beautifully into the rear diffuser. In short, the F8 still screams sports car even when it's parked and is beautiful from every angle.

Models

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Lamborghini Aventador S

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Curb Weight (lbs)

3164

3139

3660

4067

Length (inches)

181.5

179

189

186

Width (inches)

77.8

85.1

89.2

84.5

Height (inches)

47.5

47.1

44.7

50.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

4.2

4.1

3.5

Wheelbase (inches)

104.3

105.1

106.3

110.4

With about 500 pounds difference between the Lambo and the Ferrari, the F8 outperforms the Lambo despite its extra power and AWD system. And the real elephant here has to be the Aston with its 1000 pound heavier body putting it in a completely different class from the F8.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe top view
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe top view
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe emblem
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe rear view
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe right side view
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe top view
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe front view
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Coupe

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Safety

8.0/10

Driving any car with 710 horsepower on-road can go wrong in many ways. And the F8 can reach speeds so high within a blink of an eye that can lead to a devastating crash easily if not kept in control. 

Ferrari has fitted the F8 with a new dynamic enhancer plus (FDE+) that allows you to drive safely within the limits of the car even on the track. Other basic features include a rear camera and parking sensors.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Competition

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo vs 2020 McLaren 720S

Both of these companies have been battling out in the Formula 1 world for years and have taken it to the streets now. On paper, they both are identical to each other. Both have the heart of a twin-turbo V8 making the exact horsepower and torque, both even weigh the same. 

2020 McLaren 720S

Take them to the track and they perform identically once again, but the drive back home is where the Ferrari F8 has the edge over the 720S. It has a better suspension set up for a comfortable ride quality whereas the 720S rides like a go-kart on the road. While they both fall under the same price, the Ferrari is the supercar here to live with.

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo vs 2020 Lamborghini Aventador S

The Aventador has been around since the beginning of the last decade, yet, the looks are sharp and stunning. However, it has started to show its age, especially in its engine design. That massive 6.5 liter V12 was a cool thing to the front on the back when it came out but today, engines half that size are making the same power and weigh less which is the recipe to go fast. And for anyone shelling out over $300,000 on a supercar, they should perhaps have a look at something new and fresh like the F8 for example.

2020 Lamborghini Aventador S

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo vs 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Owning an Aston Martin is every 007 fans dream. And the latest iteration by Aston Martin is an absolute beauty. The Superleggera takes that to the next level with its air ducts and aero packages around the car. 

However, the Ferrari stands out as the better all-rounder here, yes, the Aston is the better behaved monster on road, but if you want to spend all that money, might as well get a car that gives you the best of both worlds, right? The F8 has a better and functional infotainment system as well as a better warranty coverage than the Aston. Plus, it’s a 1000 pounds lighter, making it more fun to flick around the track.

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

 

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Final Verdict

8.6/10

The name ‘Tributo’ given by Ferrari to the F8 translates to ‘Tribute’, which Ferrari has made the 2020 F8 Tributo taking inspiration from its great mid-engine ancestors from the past that has influenced and changed the car culture scenery that we live in today. It borrows design elements and cues from the F40 and Italia which were one of the most influential Ferrari’s to the world. 

The F8 is built on the platform of the best handling cars and borrows the engine from the Pista which has won awards for being one of the best engines to ever be produced. The F8 Tributo truly is a tribute to all the great mid-engine sports cars Ferrari has ever produced, which is why it has been winning people's hearts across the world, not only because of the heritage it carries, but because it drives like a dream too.

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