Ferrari F8 Spider mixes ferocity and usability
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Ferrari F8 Spider mixes ferocity and usability

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[SOUND] Fast, [SOUND] Agile, [SOUND] Aggressive, [SOUND] Clever [SOUND] Tenacious [SOUND] And powered by it. [MUSIC] Welcome to Ferrari's latest arachnid. The F8 spider. [SOUND] The F8 in the name refers to what's behind me the engine which is won so many awards. It's almost embarrassing. So this is basically the engine from the 480 Pista and Pista spider. [SOUND] And the biggest changes have been to the internals of the engine. So titanium con-rods, lighter flywheel and crankshaft. And they say that results in, well, an engine that's 18 kilos lighter than the 488. But at 17% less inertia. So it's a bit like running with a lighter pair of trainers on your feet or something. You really do notice it and the way it kicks up. [SOUND] Just rips through the roof is amazing to us. Just makes the whole engine feel lighter and more lighter throttle. [BLANK_AUDIO] The responses how believable and of course the engine is matched by the mind blown the good seven speed dual clutch gearbox. One thing that's not quite so thrilling as it used to be, however, is the same. It's just no point the bark or the blast. The angriest to the sound of the engine. I don't think the reason for this. Well, it's not really Ferrari's fault. I think it's due to the fact that the FAA has had to have for the first time, GPS and gas particulate filters fitted. They're a bit like the face mask of the automotive world. They obviously do a good job at stopping the nasty particulates from getting out. But they also take away some of the character. They make the voice harder to hear as an analogy for our times.>> Thankfully, the GPS haven't actually affected the numbers for the turbo charge via which are 710 brake horsepower and 568 pounds for the talk. [MUSIC] Exactly the same as attributor, and enough said hit 62 miles an hour in just 2.9 seconds on its way to 211 miles an hour flat out. What's patently not the same as attributor, however, is the roof. Now, it's the same folding hardtop roof that we've seen from the 488 spider And it goes up or down in around about 14 seconds. [BLANK_AUDIO] Very cover. And as you can see with a roof up, it's really every bit is habitable and comfortable and refined and quiet. As the tributor. Of course it does add some 70 kilos over the tributor, but at 1400 kilos dry the spider is 20 kilos lighter than the old 480 spider Dhoni 20 kilos heavier in the piece of spider. Now the thing I was really worried about before I tested this is actually what happens when you put the roof down In this car because I remember driving a 458 Spyder and being more frankly very disappointed, because as soon as you put the roof down the structural rigidity or lack of became very obvious indeed. And I wanted to know is it still the same. Has Ferrari sold it because obviously there's no carbon companies this. This has an aluminium chassis. And initially certainly when you put the roof down, you can feel the extra flex. However, what you don't get is the steering wheel sort of wandering around that is much better located than it ever was. And then four or five, eight. So now. It's not the distraction it was. Also curiously, you notice it straightaway when you put the roof down because it seems at its worst, at around about sort of 30, 40 miles an hour on a bumpy piece of road, so you notice it straight away. But as soon as you start driving more quickly, as soon as you start putting some loan through the car Through cornering or accelerating or braking seems to just go away. And that's important because Ferrari offers another turbocharged V eight convertible option. And the f8 needs to be probably better than the Portofino when it gets to the corners. I love that it has so much grip. There is also so, playful. It's a really interactive car is not just, more rapid go and you hang on. As usual we've got all the various modes on here so we export race, [UNKNOWN] If you want to go without all the AIDS and tardy and as ever, the beauty of nice Ferraris and it makes those aids feel very seamless, really, they don't get in the way. They just help you. The only one I have been able to feel a bit is perhaps they're the plus [BLANK_AUDIO] FDE is a system that was first introduced on the PISA and has now been updated on the F8 so that it works in race mode too. It's similar to something that we've seen a parent employ, whereby subtle breaking of individual wheels is used to help get the car into and out of a corner with even greater accuracy. It's subtle, but sometimes you just noticed a freakish agility that almost feels like the wheel base has been momentarily shrunk. One of the incredible things is, while it has the bumpy road setting, which is undoubtedly a help when you're driving This just normally because it's nice having extra bed and comfort. You don't actually need it on the majority of bumpy British roads because it rides so well anyway, the damage. Thing is so good that you can leave it and it's firm assessing, and it copes perfectly well. If anything, I think you probably need it in the firm a damper setting simply because that hyper agile steering makes more sense when you've got the reaction from the suspension as well. The lack [SOUND] I also love the sense of airiness of space, that visibility of seeing these two arches which makes it so easy to place. And that's equally crucial. Whether you just like to enjoy yourself or if you're in an important mission to find food [MUSIC] Now planning this car was meant to be launched initially, hence the left **** and the Italian plates and I thought well, let's bring a little bit of equity to the UK as well as the car and have some pizza. Excellent Italian pizza as well. And it gives me a chance to stop and talk a little bit about the styling of this car to start with because it was pen by the Ferrari styling centre, not Pininfarina and all the photographs I've seen a bit flat I wasn't quite sure but bulky in the metal, different story entirely. I think this is a really really good looking car, and all the volumes and shapes and things that you see here. It's stunning, better obviously with the roof down the roof up, you'd expect that because a bunch of season stand out more other things to talk about a couple of the options on this car because this has an awful lot of options. This is about 220,000 pounds of standard, but this has got about 50,000 pounds worth of options, most of which is exposed carbon But why pay 4000 pounds for an engine cover and carbon that you can't even really see better I think to go for the titanium options, so about 1500 quid for the titanium exhaust, even better 960 pounds for titanium wheel bolts which obviously have a fantastic effect on rotating unsprung mass other options. 2400 pounds for Apple CarPlay, really? I mean, I know it's Ferrari, but that seems ridiculous. However, the passenger screen, which I thought was a bit of a gimmick, apparently everybody loves it. Everybody has been in the passenger seat. So since it's brilliant, I love being able to see what's going to swipe across liquid. So there we go. That's apparently his turn off thousand pounds welspun Undoubtedly the greatest value comes from something which I think is often glossed over. Ferrari is genuine maintenance program, which gives free servicing for the first seven years of the car's life. Finally, the other thing I wanted to say about this car is the color scheme, because it's very traditional Ferrari. Everybody always thinks a Ferrari is being read. And that's the Italian national racing colors as we know. Yellow, much more Ferrari. This is yellow modern and it's because the modern is flag, yellow and blue. And inside we have blue sterling leather. So this is about is typically Ferrari, a color scheme as you can get. Want to conclude about the F8 spider. [BLANK_AUDIO] Well, there's a lot of competition in this segment. What Ferrari does so well is while technically is behind them in some areas, and definitely ahead and others, it has its own thing. If you want this, this feeling, this agility, this engine, there's nothing else like it. It might chase numbers, But when you drive the car, you're never left with the impression that numbers were the be all and end all when it was being developed. It is also a Ferrari. With all adult glamour that the name entails, and that still counts for something especially in a Spyder. [MUSIC]

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