The supercar genre thrives on theatrical styling and performance, and the 2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo and Spider exemplify both. Ferrari dresses each variant with exotic bodywork, and Spider’s removable top provides an extra visceral experience. Mounted behind the driver is a 710-hp twin-turbo V-8 that feeds the rear wheels through a paddle-shifted, seven-speed automatic transmission. Uncorking the F8’s V-8 yields hair-raising acceleration and a thrilling soundtrack, but the latter is less exciting than the Italian automaker’s best work. Still, the magicians in Maranello have assembled a charming chassis that bewitches the driver with amazing agility and tactility. These defining characteristics, combined with their unmistakable designs, make the 2021 F8 Tributo and Spider truly special machines.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, Ferrari doesn’t make any significant alterations to the F8 Tributo or Spider. In other news, the Italian automaker has added the beautiful Ferrari Roma to its portfolio this year.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The F8 Tributo and Spider are powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 that produces 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. 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 coupe 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.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The F8 Tributo and Spider provide 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 sheet metal. The cabin’s most notable shortcoming concerns rearward visibility in the coupe. 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. Cargo capacity stands at seven cubic feet in the coupe.