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What should I be paying?

Never an easy section to write given the ‘money-no-object’ level we’re at here. However, at this point it’s worth taking a stroll through the options list: on average, owners will add around £45k to the F8’s list price; I’m amazed it’s that low. Start ticking the boxes with the words ‘carbon’ and ‘fibre’ in them and things will rapidly add up. Carbon fibre door panels are £3936, dash inserts £3840, race seats £5184, engine bay covers £4512, the race steering wheel is £2880, and a carbon fibre engine manifold £5568. We know carbon fibre isn’t cheap, and McLaren is equally pricey so we’ll let it go. But Ferrari does royally take the mickey elsewhere: for a car whose list price is £203k, surely Premium hi fi (£3552), a rear parking camera (£1536), and Apple Car Play (£2400!) should be standard. And £4704 for fully electric seats is similarly hair-raising (or buttock-clenching). A smoking kit, meanwhile, costs £336. Yep, that’s a £336 ash-tray.

Ferrari hasn’t yet released final fuel consumption or CO2 emissions figures, but the 488 claimed 24.5mpg and 260g/km of CO2. As impressive as the final figures likely are in the circumstances, don’t expect Greta Thunberg to be ordering an F8 Tributo. The car also runs on 98 RON. Investment potential? Good, if not in the limited series ball-park. Used 488 GTBs with circa 5000 miles on the clock are in the £165-180k bracket, and I found a 2000 mile, 2017 car – whose list price was £261k – for sale at £188,850. You’d be talking double that for a 488 Pista.

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