Ferrari F8 Spider debuts in Malaysia – from RM1.18 mil

Ferrari F8 Spider debuts in Malaysia – from RM1.18 mil

Naza Italia has officially introduced the Ferrari F8 Spider in the country, the successor to the 488 Spider making its Malaysian debut alongside the 812 GTS in a double bill reveal, as it was when both cars were launched together last year at the automaker’s Universo Ferrari event in Maranello.

It’s also the South-East Asian premiere for both cars, and the left-hand drive examples will be on display at the Ferrari City showroom in Platinum Park, Kuala Lumpur until the end of the month, following which they will head on to Singapore. With the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in place, the preview for both cars was a closed-door, limited capacity event to adhere to regulations.

The F8 Spider is of course the drop-top version of the F8 Tributo, and aside from areas that support the retractable hard top design, the overall shape of both cars is pretty much identical. The top, with a folding mechanism that is divided into two parts and stowed on top of the engine, takes 14 seconds to deploy either way on the move, and is operable at speeds of up to 45 km/h.

The front end is visually similar to the Tributo, with key design elements including new compact, horizontal LED headlights and an S-Duct, which made its debut on the Pista. Redesigned for its application on the F8, the S-Duct adds 15% to the overall increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB.

Ferrari F8 Spider debuts in Malaysia – from RM1.18 mil

From the seat position on, the changes to the upper body are evident, led by a manta-like engine cover with a central spine that starts from the rear screen and disappears under the wing of the blown spoiler. The side elements of the engine cover feature three sculpted strakes, referencing the coupe’s Lexan-based rear screen. The strakes are finished in black, lending a sense of visual clarity to the design.

Like the Tributo, the Spider is powered by the same F154 CD 3.9 litre dry-sump turbocharged V8 mill from the 488 Pista, and output is identical to the berlinetta – the unit develops 710 hp (720 PS) at 8,000 rpm and 770 Nm of torque at 3,250 rpm.

Likewise, the general performance numbers, despite a slight weight penalty imposed by the hardtop assembly compared to the coupe – with a seven-speed dual-clutch F1 gearbox driving the rear wheels, the Spider does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 2.9 seconds and has a 340 km/h top speed, similar to the Tributo.

It’s only in the 0-200 km/h zone that the Spider is marginally slower, taking 8.2 seconds to hit the mark compared to the Tributo, which manages it in 7.8 seconds, but most are unlikely to notice. Weight-wise, the F8 Spider is just 20 kg heavier than the 488 Pista Spider, but 20 kg lighter than its 488 predecessor.

Vehicle dynamics systems include a new 6.1 version of the automaker’s Side Slip Angle Control system as well as a new Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+, activated in Race mode), which is designed to make the car easier to control at the limit.

There’s also Adaptive Performance Launch, which analyses grip as the car accelerates and then uses electronic controls to optimise the torque and reduce wheel slip. Also on is Ferrari Variable Torque Management which delivers a consistently smooth, powerful acceleration to the redline – maximum torque is 10 Nm higher than on the 488 Spider and is available even at lower engine speeds.

The Spider’s interior is identical to the Tributo. As seen on the latter, there’s a new, smaller steering wheel, redesigned seats as well as a new 7.0-inch passenger touchscreen display, and the dashboard features an aluminium sail panel and carbon-fibre accents. Specifications for the Argento Nurburgring metallic silver display example include a premium hi-fi audio system and a host of carbon-fibre exterior elements.

The Ferrari F8 Spider is being introduced at a base price of RM1,178,000 (excluding customisation options, duties, taxes and insurance), and will come with the automaker’s complimentary seven-year scheduled maintenance programme.

The car will be available for private viewing at the KL Ferrari City outlet until May 31. As for first deliveries, that looks to be some time away – as an indication, that for the F8 Tributo was supposed to be mid-year, but has been pushed back by a few months due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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  • Veyron Owner on May 15, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Just came back from preview launch, like 488 Spider’s garang design. booked 1 Langkawi spec. hope can enjoy the Italian beauty soon!

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    • Najib FC on May 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      @veyron owner ——Fake news

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      • Veyron Owner on May 15, 2020 at 5:43 pm

        Rumours that an ex-PM son will be leaving our club once he sells his Veyron. Without an MM Bee job, he can no longer afford to be amongst us elites.

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        • Geng Bang Nuar on May 16, 2020 at 12:44 am

          Kesian Boboi. Changed party, relying on daddykasi help and still got shafted a 2nd time.

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    • It’s refreshing to hear someone who actually bought one (hope you’re legit) comment here as opposed to the usual “too expensive in Msia/no-point-just-buy-civic” crowd. Good on your sir. Enjoy the car :)

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    • Mr Visionary on May 15, 2020 at 11:51 pm

      That’s not worth it, the x70 is better, why pay so much more for a car that’s still gonna be tailgated by a myvi, so rather be tailgated by myvi in an x70 with 5 comfortable seats for everyone instead of just 2

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    • Hantu Raya on May 17, 2020 at 7:54 am

      more power to you bro.

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  • wow… the scudetto shields (fender emblems) are still a cost option! also had almost everything finished in ‘carbonio’ in this travelling demonstrator!

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  • potato on May 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    car prices going down for real. last time 1.18mil can only net you a recon Ferrari. And this Ferrari is not the entry level it has over 700hp. The 812 only has few extra hp but is priced 300k more.

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    • Deyyy on May 15, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      This price exclude duties and other charges.

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    • Msia driver on May 15, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      This has not include tax
      With 300% tax his will sold at price around rm4mil
      U dare to buy one…lolzz

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  • AZAMIRUDDIN AHMAD on May 15, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Sad that Ferrari stuck at 458-ish design since Pininfarina left them.

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  • Mr Visionary on May 15, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Why get this ferrari when i can get the ultimate Nissan GTR for just Rm300k which i can easily smoke the ferrari when accelerating at traffic light as it drives all 4 wheels with impeccable grip

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    • 0-100km/h in 2.9s for this Ferrari, your GTR manages 3.3s without mods, so you’re actually wrong.

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    • Anonymous on May 20, 2020 at 8:21 am

      No GTR costing RM300,000 can “smoke” the Ferrari, not stock anyway. The only GTRs that can beat the F8 is the NISMO and Track Edition, and only the NISMO has a real chance in an actual circuit race. But the cheapest used NISMO I could find is RM700k.

      The Ferrari has an all aluminium chassis, magnetorheological dampers, and active aero. Even with all the active hardware, luxury interior, and heavier gearbox and engine it still weighs 300kg less. So how is the Ferrari overpriced? Just sit inside any Ferrari of its class and compare that to sitting in a GTR. You’d wish the GTR to be as nice, but for the price you’re paying for it that isn’t possible.

      Once you list all the things the GTR doesn’t have then it makes sense why they are so “affordable”. It’s a good compromise between a civilized road car and track monster, but claiming it to be the “end all be all” supercar is embarassing. Nissan only offers similar performance, not a similar car.

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