Ferrari F8 Spider: Wild at Heart

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The F8 Spider follows Ferrari’s  new design language that emphasizes Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency.

When designing a spider, the choice of the top will always play a fundamental role in the car’s overall look. For some years now, Ferrari has been adopting a hard top because of the comfort it provides. As a result, the design of the F8 Spider’s lines was crafted around its RHT (Retractable Hard Top).

The key to the whole design was the shifting of the separation line between the car’s body and the roof from its conventional position at the belt-line (occupant shoulder level) to above the B-pillar. The top itself is thus more compact and two-dimensional, with the result that it can be divided into two parts and stowed on top of the engine.

The RHT takes just 14 seconds to deploy or retract and can be closed or opened while the car is on the move up to 45 km/h.

The goal the Ferrari Styling Centre set itself with the F8 Spider was to design a stylistic tribute to the Ferrari V8 engine, by evolving the contents of the F8 Tributo and taking inspiration from the most iconic mid-rear-engined V8 sports cars in Ferrari history.

The result is a car with a strong personality of its own through an even sportier design clearly inspired by the car’s advanced aerodynamics.

F8 Spider Specs:

Engine: 3.9 Liter – V8
Horsepower: 720 Bhp
Torque: 770 Nm
Drive System: Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission: 7 Speed Dual Clutch

Handling and Performance:

To achieve their goal of making the car’s impressive performance easy to access and control, Ferrari’s engineers worked on integrating engine and aerodynamics performance with the latest iteration of the vehicle dynamics control systems.

The F8 Spider accelerates from 0 – 100 km per hour in 2.9 seconds and makes handling easier for a range of drivers who are new to the supercar experience. It has a smaller diameter on the steering wheel and an advanced vehicle dynamics system.

Top speed is set at 340 km per hour, we have tested it at almost 300 km per hour and the Dubai Autodrome GP Circuit and its stability is noteworthy.

What we love about the F8 Spider:

The F8 Spider’s greatest achievement other than its open top beautiful exterior design is the fact that it unleashes its power instantaneously with zero turbo lag, whilst retaining this V8’s unique and very special explosive soundtrack.

F8 Spider Interior:

The F8 Spider’s cockpit retains the classic, driver-oriented look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas. A simple concept that creates a symbiotic relationship between driver and car.

F8 Spider Interior

The dash incorporates an aluminium sail panel supporting the central satellite and continuing into the dash itself. Also to create a sense of visual lightness, a sliver of carbon fibre divides the upper and lower parts, streamlining the whole look.

This section also incorporates the optional 7” touchscreen passenger-side display and the dash is completed by the classic instrument cluster with its central rev-counter.

The tunnel is clearly separated from the dash and set beneath it, once again to enhance the sensation of lightness that the car’s interior exudes. It features a new bridge, a prominent sculptural creation that seems to float and thus further streamlines the cabin.

Ferrari F8 Spider Ratings
  • Performance - 9.6/10
    9.6/10
  • Driving Pleasure - 9.6/10
    9.6/10
  • Looks and Style - 9.7/10
    9.7/10
  • Fuel Economy - 6.8/10
    6.8/10
  • Value for Money - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
9/10

Summary

The electronic stability and driving assist system on the F8 Spider has made supercar driving much easier for a range of people who are new to this genre of cars. It also makes the equivalent Lamborghini look underpowered and outclasses it in almost all aspects.

Pros

  • Beautiful Styling
  • Excellent Driving Dynamics
  • Heart Racing Acceleration
  • No Turbo Lag

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Minimal Luggage Space
Juan Manuel
the authorJuan Manuel
Track racing, competing, it's in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.