Ferrari F8 Spider makes its South East Asia debut alongside big brother

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Making a surprise appearance was the F8 Spider; Ferrari’s latest generation drop-top sportscar with a rear-mounted V8. The F8 Spider was designed in parallel with the F8 Tributo berlinetta, and features the Prancing Horse’s compact RHT (Retractable Hard Top) which influences the lines and models that leads its category.

“The F8 Spider bolsters the brand’s mighty fleet of ‘drop-top’ supercars and joins Ferrari Malaysia’s impressive stable of Prancing Horses. A compelling performer with the brand’s award-winning V8 engine at its core, the F8 Spider propels into Malaysia, ready to energise the local market,” said Dato’ Nik Hamdam Nik Hassan, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Motivation comes from Ferrari’s familiar V8 engine which has won four consecutive “International Engine of the Year Award” from 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Ferrari’s says this power is unleashed with zero turbo lag, whilst retaining the V8’s soundtrack. The F8 Spider is a replacement to the 488 Spider, weighing 20 kg less yet delivering an extra 50 PS.

Like the 812 GTS, the F8 Spider adopts the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) for additional comfort (and for some, peace of mind). It can deploy or stow completely in 14 seconds and at up to speeds of 45 km/h.

In Ferrari’s V8 hierarchy, the F8 Spider sits above the 488 Spider but just below the more extreme and lightweight  (20 kg lighter) 488 Pista Spider. Ferrari says the F8 Spider is more aerodynamically efficient and features the latest version of Side Slip Angle Control System (SSC 6.1).

Signature to any Prancing Horse is its engine, and at the heart of the F8 Spider beats a 3.9 litre turbocharged powerplant which produces 720 PS at 8,000 rpm and 770 Nm at 3,250 rpm. To achieve the extra 50 PS over the 488 Spider, the intake line is derived directly from the 488 Challenge car and moved from the flanks to the rear, where they are located on either side of the blown spoiler and are directly connected to the intake plenums, drastically reducing losses, ensuring greater air flow to the engine and contributing to a power bump.

Additional weight-reduction solutions were inherited from the 488 Pista, slashing weight by some 18 kg, by way of reducing weight (and subsequently less 17% inertia as well) of rotating and non-static masses, such as titanium con-rods, crankshaft and flywheel. The F8 Spider’s exhaust manifold is also derived from the 488 Challenge, shaving a further 9.7 kg, and features a new Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) to comply with homologation requirements.

There’s an abundance of Ferrari’s latest tech as well: E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high performance ABS/EBD with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, FDE+ (Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer system) and SSC 6.1 — all of which contribute to the F8 Spider’s handling and vehicle dynamism.

The F8 Spider is being introduced at the base price of RM1,178,000 (before duties, customization options, taxes and insurance) along with Ferrari’s extended 7 Years Genuine Maintenance programme and is available for private viewing in Malaysia from now until 31 May. To make an appointment or for further details, contact the Ferrari Malaysia Showroom.

7 YEARS MAINTENANCE
Available across the entire Ferrari range is the extended 7 year maintenance programme, which covers all regular maintenance for the first 7 years of the car’s life. This scheduled maintenance is an exclusive service which allows clients the certainty that their car is being maintained at peak performance and safety over the years, and is even available to owners buying pre-owned Ferraris.

Regular maintenance (at intervals of either 20,000 km or once a year with no mileage restrictions), original spares and meticulous checks by staff trained directly at the Ferrari Training Center in Maranello using the most modern diagnostic tools are just some of the advantages of the Genuine Maintenance Programme. The service is available on all markets worldwide and from all Dealerships on the Official Dealership Network.

Ferrari F8 Spider — RM1,178,000 (before options, duties, taxes)
 3.9L turbocharged V8
– 720 PS at 8,000 rpm
– 770 Nm at 3,250 rpm
– 7-speed dual-clutch F1 gearbox
– 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds
– 0-200 km/h in 8.2 seconds
– Vmax 340 km/h

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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