It’s funny how invitations still need to be sent out to drive a Ferrari on the Sepang International Circuit. Were we expected to say no?
Having previously experienced Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in the “superfast” 812 Superfast, this time around, the horse GC Mah got to ride on was none other than the new F8 Tributo that was launched in Malaysia early last year.
The million Ringgit supercar (before duties and taxes of course) is powered by the most powerful V8 Ferrari has ever built and has garnered multiple “Engine of the Year” awards through its many iterations.
The 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged engine makes 720 hp and 770 Nm of torque, sending power exclusively to the rear wheels through a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission. 0 to 100 km/h takes a brisk 2.9 seconds before it runs out of breath at the 340 km/h mark.
Since then Ferrari has followed up with a convertible version, the F8 Spider, dubbed “the less extreme version of the 488 Pista Spider”, to challenge the 720S Spider, which was also launched in Malaysia last year.
The F8 Spider makes the same 720 hp and 770 Nm as the F8 Tributo, 50 hp and 10 Nm more than its predecessor, the 488 Spider.
Its Retractable Hard Top (RHT) takes just 14 seconds to deploy and retract at speeds of up to 45 km/h.