Ferrari F8 Spider
Ferrari calls the F8 Spider “Wild at Heart,” and they couldn’t be more on the money. Renting a Ferrari F8 Spider is the perfect way to enjoy the most premier locations of Europe; from Paris to Monte Carlo, Rome to Milan and beyond. The Ferrari F8 combines tremendous power, head-turning looks inside and out headlined by the signature retractable hardtop, as well as a comfortable driver-oriented cockpit that promises an other-worldly driving experience.
Below we’ll get into more detail on the Ferrari F8 features and specifications. Let’s start with the engines and performance.
The Ferrari F8 Spider, like its sibling the Tributo is the latest in a long line of Ferrari V8 engine cars going back to the Ferrari 308 and F430. The F8 Spider is therefore blessed with the same world-beating hardware that has already garnered the admiration (and awards) of the automotive world, and has been voted by experts as the greatest Ferrari V8 of any in the past two decades.
The F8 Spider houses the same 770 CV 3.9L V8 engine that the Tributo has and paired with a 7-speed DCT that Ferrari simply calls the F1 gearbox. It is the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever built with an impressive torque output of 770Nm even when traveling at low RPMs. The engine is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in an incredible 2.9 seconds.
In a world where Maranello had so little competition before, Ferrari now faces a whole host of V8-powered competition. So, how does the F8 Spider set itself apart? It begins with a top speed of 339kph and a torque capability that is so urgent yet so smooth, you’d think you were driving a Ferrari with a naturally aspirated engine.
Performance on the road is made easier thanks to the various drive modes accessible from the F8 Spider steering wheel’s manettino dial. Perhaps the nicest addition to the F8 Spider is a supplementary model found separate from the dial, “Bumpy Road,” which helps to smooth out the suspension and offer a more comfortable ride when things get a little rough under-wheel.
Turning to the car’s looks, we can start at the rear end. At the rear of the F8 Spider, you’ll find stylish quad circular brake lights, a centrally mounted dual exhaust and a very impressive rear diffuser. The car rides on stunning 20-inch Scuderia Ferrari alloy wheels that take no prisoners in looks or performance. The wheels also feature colored brake calipers that will match the interior trim color.
The F8 Spider has many exterior features that accentuate the aerodynamism of this car, including the optimized door handles, shark-fin style lower sills, additional fins on the side air intakes, and additional vents above the lights to add cooling effect into the wheel arches. This is a new exterior feature that took away part of the lighting fixture from the 488 and made it smaller. Thankfully, the front LED lights still look stunning.
The front-end trunk (often called the “Frunk”) is quite a lot larger than you might expect on the F8 Spider and offers a degree of utility to this otherwise purely luxury- and sport-oriented vehicle. Arguably the real headline exterior feature, however, has to be the roof which can be retracted or deployed in just 14 seconds, dividing into two sections and stowing itself atop the engine. You can retract/deploy the roof even when traveling at 45kph or slower.
Whether you have the roof up or down, you feel perhaps a surprising sense of space when you get into the driver’s or passenger’s seat of the Ferrari F8 Spider. Like the utility of the frunk, the interior beats out its competition like the McLaren by offering a genuine feeling of roominess and comfort. This is accentuated even further when the roof comes down.
The F8 Spider features comfortable and supportive sports seats and a driver-oriented cockpit that oozes Ferrari’s F1 heritage. The unique Ferrari steering wheel, with its flat bottom and lack of protruding wands, is reminiscent of an F1 smart wheel. Switch seamlessly between drive modes, stop and start the engine, and control virtually every other function from that superb steering wheel which has been made more compact and manageable since the 488.
The low-end fuel consumption estimate is at 20.9km/100km; the mid-level estimate at 12.4l/100km and the best estimate at 11.0l/100km. It gives a combined fuel consumption of 13.0l/100km.
For emissions, the low-end estimate is 475g/km, mid-level 282g/km and best rating is 250g/km. That gives a combined rating of 296g/km.
The Ferrari F8 Spider houses a wild and free spirit to which others can’t help but be drawn. When you want to rent a car to travel through the most beautiful places in Europe and beyond, then only the most stunning car would do. It looks as much at home in the countryside of Tuscany as it does in the mountains of Switzerland or on the boulevards of Cannes or Paris.
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