Naza Italia is the official importer and distributor of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo was first unveiled on March 5 at the Geneva Motor Show.
“We are proud to be the first country in Southeast Asia to officially launch the new F8 Tributo in conjunction with the 10th anniversary celebrations of Ferrari Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia," said Naza Corp Holdings Sdn Bhd group executive chairman and group CEO SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin.
Its 3.9-litre V8 turbocharged engine produces 720ps at 8,000rpm and 770Nm at 3,250rpm
With a record specific power output of 185ps per litre, it is the most powerful V8 in Prancing Horse history for a non-special series car.
The new car replaces the 488 GTB, with improvements across the board.
The F8 Tributo punches out 50ps more than the car it replaces, is lighter and benefits from a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency along with the latest version of the Side Slip Angle Control, now in 6.1 guise.
The F8 Tributo delivers its 720ps without the slightest hint of turbo lag and produces an evocative soundtrack.
Advanced vehicle dynamics solutions include a new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) which can be activated in the manettino’s RACE position for the first time, a move designed to make performance on the limit easier to reach and control.
The steering wheel rim is also smaller in diameter to enhance the level of tactility and make the car feel even more agile.
In addition, weight reduction measures have cut the car’s dry weight by 40kg compared to the 488 GTB.
As with the 488 Pista, the F8 Tributo’s aero package is directly evolved from the track and it adopts several features from the 488 Pista designed to help manage engine heat, including, for instance, the rearward-angled front radiators and the dynamic engine air intakes positioned either side of the spoiler instead of on the rear flanks.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language for the Italian supercar brand.
The front of the car is characterised by the S-Duct, a solution that made its debut on the 488 Pista, but which has been redesigned.
The result is that the S-Duct alone contributes an impressive 15% to the overall increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB.
The new, more compact, horizontal LED headlights allowed the use of new brake cooling intakes in combination with those on the outside of the bumper - the aim being to improve air flow throughout the entire wheelarch and thereby avoid having to increase the size of the braking system to cope with the car’s greater speed.
Inside, there are a new generation HMI (Human Machine Interface), complete with round air vents, new steering wheel and controls as well as a new 7-inch passenger touchscreen display.