When Italy launches two new “entry-level” supercars at the same time, at the same show, we’ve got no choice but to stack them side by each for a quick comparison.
The Geneva Motor Show was epic, as always. While there are more powerful cars on the Palexpo show floor, these two modern-day “attainable” supercar will be the talk of the automotive media and blogs for months to come.
There are numerous and wonderous rivalries in the car world and one of the most fascinating belongs to the tribes from Sant’Agata and Maranello, less than 50km apart. For decades, they’ve been at each other’s throats and we could not be more grateful for their constant feuding. Although the Lamborghini Huracán is visually getting on in age and the Ferrari F8 is new, the comparison is very valid.
Lamborghini has concentrated on special editions of both their Aventador and Huracan in the recent past, not to mention designing and building the immensely popular Urus SUV. If Lambo’s only now working on developing the next generations of their two cars, Ferrari’s already positioned its new F8 as the new hot ticket item.
Let’s take a quick look at how these two stack up against each other.
The schools of thought between Lamborghini and Ferrari have diverged in the recent past. While Lambo continues to feed us deliciously loud and raucous normally mega-multi cylinder engines, Ferrari’s moved on to relatively smaller displacement boosted V8s.
The mechanical similarities between the two cars are limited to the location of the powertrains, in the mid-rear, and the fact the manual gearboxes are long gone, in favour of automated manual units.
The Ferrari’s turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 produces a whopping 720-horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission sends the power to the rear wheels only.
The F8 is 40kg lighter than the 488 it replaces when equipped with the carbon fibre wheels. This, combined with the extra 50-horsepower and torque, the F8 Tributo drops 0.1 seconds over the 488 on the way to 100 km/ in 2.9 seconds. The F8 also includes countless elements of electronic wizardry, namely F1-Trac, E-Diff and SCM-E. The Side Slip Control system (SSC 6.1) improves a drivers’ control on the limit for even more engaging involvement – in other words, the car is easier to drift.
Meanwhile, down the road, the Lamborghini returns with its 5.2-litre V10 which now produces 640-horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. It also relies on a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission however power is sent to all four wheels. The Haldex Generation-5 AWD system includes a mechanical self-locking rear differential.
Although the Lambo is down on power and tips the scale at nearly 95kg more than the Ferrari at 1,422kg, it manages an equal 2.9 seconds 0-100km/h sprint. The AWD configuration helps with putting the power down to the road’s surface.
Despite the Huracán’s “older” design, it too features all kinds of electronics. One such is Lamborghini’s All-Wheel Steering (LAWS). Another is the Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics (LDVI) which, like SSC, makes you feel like a champion on the limit, at speed.
The F8 gains a new smaller diameter steering wheel than the one found in the 488 which is extremely ergonomic for such a busy tool. The Ferrari’s dashboard is a simple-enough affair and is devoid of a centrally-located touchscreen. There is, however, an optional 7-inch display for the passenger.
Lamborghini’s taken a different approach. The Huracán EVO features a new human-machine interface that incorporates a central tunnel-mounted 8.4-inch touch screen. Through it are found not only connectivity and infotainment but all controls for driving dynamics.
Our Thoughts On The Ferrari F8 Tributo and Lamborghini Huracan EVO
However incredibly stunning the Lamborghini may be, the Ferrari’s newness and exceptional aerodynamics are jaw dropping. We say this just as we’ve configured a Viola Pasifae (purple) Huracán EVO with Rosso Alala interior accents.
The principal bug with the Lambo is that it’s become something of a common sight while even a 458 or 488 Ferrari are very few and far between. The fact that the F8 Tributo is new and sports some very cool round taillights, and a boss cut-you-in-half front end make it even more desirable.
Buyers of these cars are generally very different where the Lamborghini buyer prefers to flaunt while the Ferrari driver likes to show off (yes, there is a difference.) We’re not entirely sure where we stand however we do know we’d more than likely head on over to our local McLaren dealer and pick up a 570S or GT or, if we’re feeling fancier, a 720S.