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My F8 drive!

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by jim g, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. jim g

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    I just left Algar and took the most spirited ride in the F8 that I could do in 35 degree weather. I was concerned like many here that the Gpf would dull the experience we all love... it did not. The car inside was louder throughout the entire rev range than the 488. For those who are concerned about the redline the car I drove had only 60 miles on it when delivered and it revved to 8000 rpm in every gear unlike the 488. The extra power is noticeable through the entire rpm range and I detected zero lag. For those wanting 360 CS sound you’ll be disappointed. For those coming from a 488 it’s louder, felt more agile (maybe bc of smaller steering wheel), and the interior is noticeably updated. The ride felt comfortable just like the 488. I loved the way it looks and my boys gave it 2 thumbs up.

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  2. 3POINT8

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    so did you buy it?
     
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  3. Way2fast

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    Beautiful color combo

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  4. Coincid

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    You actually were capable of discerning driving differences between it and the 488. Big surprise but thank you. Henceforth, Shadowfax will no longer be able to point to the duo who did not possess the perceptivity to differentiate the 2 cars.
     
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  5. jim g

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    #5 jim g, Nov 13, 2019
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    Yes I could I could tell the difference to 488 but I’ve had two 488’s. Yes I bought it I have Algars first F8 coming, if I didn’t like it it wouldn’t be coming.
     
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  6. Texas2step

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    Thanks for sharing your experience and addressing comparisons to 488. Very nice review. When is your expected delivery and hope we get to see your Spec. Congrats
     
  7. buddyg

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    Congrats glad to know it sounds as good or better than the 488! When do you expect delivery and what is your spec?
     
  8. Carnut

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    I was there yesterday dropping my car off for winter storage. I am supposed to drive that car today, but I am not sure I am going to since it is too cold for me to be able to accurately judge the car. Besides I have no interest in it at the moment.
     
  9. Shadowfax

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    Oh that bad bad shadowfax is one very bad horse indeed! Anyway all jokes aside I'm pleased to hear Coincid is feeling a little bit better although was I reading correctly you are not pleased with the sound clip and are holding a candle out on the day?

    Anyway, one review for, vs two against, is definitely a step in the right direction even though OP felt owning 2 488's helped out so that kinda balances out the other two reviewers that couldn't tell who only only owned one 488 each. So maybe that's the secret sauce! A few more laps and an extra 488 under the belt?;) Problem solved!
     
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  10. LVP488

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    Although track tests should in theory allow to push more and therefore be a better way to feel the performance, my experience is that with Ferrari a road test is actually more telling - because the typical track tests with Ferrari are really too short (only 2 or 3 laps) while the road tests last longer; I tested the 812 both on the road (around Paris) and on track (at Spa) and got more information from the road test. So it's no surprise to me that the differences are more obvious from a road test.
     
  11. jim g

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    I posted my spec in the order status thread but here it is again so you don't have to search for it. I really can't see how the other owners couldn't tell the difference the higher redline alone is significant enough to know you're not in a 488 and it's definitely louder at redline. They do however feel similar with F8 improved in every way. They said my car should be here in January or February but with our winters here in Pa. I'm just going to have to store it until Spring. I also couldn't tell any difference in sound when it was idling, GPF or not it is a pretty loud car. It doesn't explode to life like our old NA cars did when you start it up though, it starts just like the 488. Bottom line is if you enjoy the 488 you'll love the upgrades.
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  12. buddyg

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    Nice do you care to share your price or can you pm me?

    Thanks
     
  13. jim g

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    I'm sorry I didn't ask, I'll find out next time they call me. I didn't go crazy bc I'll be trading for Spider when it comes in.
     
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    Business as usual.
    Thank you for sharing your Ferrari adventures over the years, here!!!
     
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  15. jim g

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    You're welcome, and thanks for all the knowledge that you've brought.
     
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  16. Ski Bum

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    I test drove a F8 Tributo (coupe) today. I drove my 488 Spider (on which I have about 7400 miles) to the test drive to assist in the comparison. The temps were in the low 40s, so I was acutely aware that I was on cold tires on both cars.

    The F8 is a better drive, but it is not night and day. The engine has more pull, there is less turbo lag and the turbo seems to spool up even more quickly than the 488. In the cabin, the engine sound in the F8 coupe is better than the 488 with the windows up; the F8's sound is deeper, clearer and somewhat louder. The 488 Spider sounds better with the top up and rear window down, or with the top down.

    The transmission on the F8 seems to shift slightly faster than 488, and engages with a slight thump. The LEDs on the steering wheel are all red, but are dashes rather than dots. The brakes felt about the same.

    The smaller diameter steering wheel gives the F8 a more nimble feel. I couldn't tell whether it truly handles better because I didn't want to really push the car on cold tires.

    The F8 is truly beautiful. I prefer the looks of the 488 over the 458, but the F8 is better looking than both.

    I have ordered an F8 Spider.
     
  17. tfazio

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    Thank you for posting. I had similar thoughts as you. I was pleasantly surprised how the smaller diameter steering wheel really changed the driving experience for the better. I am glad you and others are mentioning it as well. I also prefer the sound of the F8 to that of the 488 GTB.
     
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  18. buddyg

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    Thanks for the write up and congrats on your ordre. Do you have the specs you can share? Delivery date?
     
  19. Coincid

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    To discern differences between the 488 and F8 , one must own 2- 488 since the ownership of a single 488 is simply not sufficient. Makes sense.
     
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  20. Astrid.Didier

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    Beautiful specs and beautiful taste, congrats
     
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  21. jim g

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    Thank you
     
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  22. Shadowfax

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    #22 Shadowfax, Nov 15, 2019
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    Evidently so....and agree totally (makes sense)!

    However, it all supports the thinking that any real differences between these two are most certainly not profound at all and, in most cases barely discernible to where the ownership of two 488's is more or less required to establish. This again supports the fact that 488 was a highly accomplished car even as it stood, amidst all the ridicule and criticism directed by certain unnamed members here - a car now found to have seemingly very little room for improvement left on the table based upon what is now being reported by those who have driven F8 and 488.

    Coincid, you have made it clear for some time now that what you were personally looking for in terms of improvements and expecting to find in F8 - making the purchasing exercise viable - whereas previously 488 was not - were profound changes in the area of driver engagement and connection, along with notable improvements to the spine tingling sensations which you said existed in your current ride - which you felt did not exist in 488 - all as being minimum requirements - sound being one of those key elements!

    So keeping all of this in mind, surely even you can see the simple irony in the claiming of F8's physical improvements over 488 - subjective elements anyway - as being sufficient enough to warrant the cancelling out of all previous expectations and conditions, all which previously needed to be fulfilled?
     
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  23. Astrid.Didier

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    Mr Shadowfax, I think you know a lot about both cars, would you advise someone like me to buy a used 488 in a good condition or just pushing myself too hard and pay more (which is a problem for me now) and get myself a new F8.
     
  24. Coincid

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    My makes sense comment was made with pure sarcasm.
     
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    He is a man on a mission, no matter what...
     
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