With the F8 Tributo only a few months old, Ferrari has rolled out the Tributo’s sister: the F8 Spider.
The tribute, then, continues, and that’s a good thing. Ferrari’s Tributo possesses some of the most artistic and graceful body language of the brand’s storied history, and the drop-top (or, more accurately, fold-away top) version of the F8 only builds on the seductive qualities of the hardtop. ‘Designed by the wind’ proclaims the Ferrari website marketing patter, and the Spider’s exterior does look as sculpted as an ancient coastal outcropping.
The company’s promotional shoot for the F8 Spider was conducted on the PCH; the first still uses the cliffs of Big Sur as a backdrop. A useful parallel of potential freedom, to be sure, with the natural beauty and appeal to the artistic eye of the setting not only enhancing but actually giving context to the car.
As a status symbol, the F8 Spider is disarming. As a performance car, it is thrilling, with a 2.9-second 0-62 time, a 211 MPH top speed, over 700 horsepower, and the newest version of Ferrari’s Dynamic Enhancer control system for cornering and grip. But a Spider is a unique design in that it is as much a touring car as a sports model, and this one begs to be the vehicle of discovery as much as a source of weekend thrills.
No word yet on pricing.