Ferrari’s epic 3902cc V8 was already a remarkably impressive powerplant. It won “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year awards – as exciting as they sound (ahem) – three years running in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Last year, it was also awarded the title of the best engine of the last two decades.

For its latest model, the F8 Tributo, the Prancing Horse has managed to extract even more from this prodigious engine. The new F8 packs 710hp in total – 50hp more than the 488 GTB, the car it replaces. The result is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari's history for a non-special series car. The F8 has also been on a diet – losing 40g compared to the 488.

The front of the car has the now recognisable S-Duct – which has been honed to contribute a 15% increase in downforce compared to its predecessor. The more compact horizontal LED headlights also make room for new brake cooling intakes in combination with those on the outside of the bumper.

With Ferrari's brand-new F8, there could be a new king in town

What does all this mean in reality? Zero-60mph in 2.9 seconds; 0-100mph in 7.8 seconds; and ultimately a Ferrari that can now keep up with the superb McLaren 720s.

Woking’s latest supercar had wiped the floor with the competition up until this point. But with the F8, there could be a new king in town.

We can’t wait to see that showdown. But for now, you’ll have to make do with the photos. You won’t be able to see the new F8 in the flesh until this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

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