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F8 versus 720s

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by jyc1001, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. jyc1001

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    Folks,

    I searched around the threads and couldn't find one comparing the new F8 against the 720s. I recently placed an order for the F8 Tributo but now questioning whether I go for the 720s spider. Please hear me out!

    I already own a 2015 Black/Black 458 Spider (for obvious reasons, still going to keep this!) and a 2019 GT3RS for track days. I bought one of the earlier Aston Martin DBS, but sold it after 6 months. While it's a gorgeous car, just felt too "heavy" and had b*tch of a time driving it around steep inclines in LA (doesn't have a lifter!).

    I've been still looking for a "GT style" ride, but can also carve canyons while not necessarily being super track focused. I did test drive the 488 and wasn't overwhelmed by the engine note, "pull" and overall aesthetics IMHO. When the F8 came out, I have to say I wasn't initially enamored by the design. I ended up test driving it last week and like many have already pointed out, it looks A LOT better in person. More aggressive and balanced. Plus, it is fast. More than I expected. Resulting in me making a deposit 24 hours later.

    Fast forward a week, and have been rethinking whether the 720s Spider may be a better option? Felt like it was the closest "comparable" mid engine V8 car. (Never really like the Lambos. Amazing sound/performance, but just no my jam). As for the 720s, has great acceleration, unique design and decent cruising comfort. And since I already have the 458, wondering, whether I try another brand. But have also heard mixed things about 720s reliability, fit and finish?

    Has anyone else made a similar comparison? Would welcome your opinions on this! Thanks!

    PS - uploading pics of the F8 configuration (Grigio Titanio and Black interior). CF engine bay and instrument cluster - basically anywhere I can actually see it!
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  3. soulsea

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    Both cars have more performance than anyone would ever make use of on public roads.
    Both cars sound average at best.
    Both cars require depreciation cognitive dissonance.
    It really comes down to your personal preference on looks and driving dynamics, and in the case of the 720, whether you like to roll the dice on whether you get a trouble free car or one with anywhere from a few to innumerable issues ... the odds of the latter are much higher than that of the former.

    PS. Brace yourself for starting this topic. :)
     
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  4. SirPouyan

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    Do NOT do it. McLaren would sell its soul to Satan to swap places/brand image with that of Ferrari. For comparison, think Visa peddling its "black" card to compete against Amex Centurion.

    There is nothing like the elegance and tradition and class of a Ferrari.
     
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  5. SoCal to az

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    This is an ignorant point of view that is ill informed.

    I own both a 720 and a Pista. OP- I dont think you can go wrong getting either a 720 Spider or the F8. Both are great cars, both quick as hell, both super comfy and exotic with great performance.

    Both will be great choices and you can find great things about both but here is something to consider price wise. 720 you can get some great deals- depreciation has already started. F8, you will be paying full msrp. Also 720 Spider you can get now, F8 you will have to wait. My suggestion would be to get the 720 now, drive for a bit and then get f8 when they are more readily available.

    Yes you will lose money on the 720, yes it will depreciate blah blah blah- but both will depreciate.

    Anyways- no wrong choices here- both are amazing Good luck in your hunt.
     
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  6. dustman

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    Ridiculous.
    Friends 720s Spider has been flawless.
    Get a used 720s vs a full priced F8 all day, esp since you have the 458 already. only other reco is used performante which is brilliant.
     
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  8. Jo Sta7

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    As So Cal said, get the 720S now (or soon!) because if you order an F8 you won’t be getting for quite a while. Maybe two years. When your F8 arrives, sell the 720S if you like. Just buy a used 720S so someone else ate the initial depreciation. If you wait a few more weeks you can likely get a lightly used spider for $275k before tax.
     
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  9. noone1

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    One car is a Spider and $75K under MSRP, the other is a coupe at MSRP that you might not even get delivered for 12-18 months.

    I'd wait either way. Global meltdown might just be getting started. There will be zero buyers for exotics in the near term if this doesn't turn around in the next couple weeks.
     
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  10. Gh21631

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    I had a 720 spider which I regrettably sold, I would get another but I have a 765LT coming. As others said, you cant go wrong either way. For the Mac, buy it preowned as there are some greta deals out there right now.
     
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  11. dustman

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    I’m on fence and haven’t sent my deposit yet.
     
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  13. Gh21631

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    I dont think you will have a problem off loading it if you change your mind. There will only be 765 coupes for the world so pretty limited by todays standards + the performance will be second to none.
     
  14. dustman

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    Spyder version....
     
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  15. PA Wolfpacker

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    Might want to test drive the new McLaren GT. I drove one last week and it is a great GT version of the 720. It can even hold 2 sets of golf clubs.
     

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  16. 458LOVE

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    A McLaren will never been in the same class as a Ferrari. Slower/faster doesn't matter.
     
  17. Doctor Mark

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    That used to be the case. Ferrari has done great damage to their brand by the dilution with high production volumes and more bland offerings with often uninspired styling.
     
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    No doubt the performance of the 765lt will be awesome I just don’t like the way it looks.
     
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  19. jyc1001

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    Good idea. May wait a few weeks to see if 720s come down further in price. Never worried about depreciation. These cars are meant to be enjoyed and driven!


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  20. Graz

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    JC, The only reason to think about the 720 Spyder would be to change it up a bit since you're keeping the 458. Otherwise I would stay with the F8 Tributo or wait until its Spider version is available. You can beat McLaren up pretty good on price if you decide on the 720S. Even when you think (silently) they're giving you a great deal push them more. They love when Ferrari owners "switch over."
     
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  21. Figuerista

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    Lol a 720 slaps a pista in the face everytime on the drag strip. What world are you living in.
     
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    Nice 3rd post. You’re gonna make lots of friends here. Best , Kirk.
     
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    #20 Figuerista, Mar 20, 2020
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    Kirk, i don't remember asking you for your opinion. lol i'm just correcting the guy, a pista is in no way faster than a 720, i have driven both.
    get back to work old man, let the enthusiasts talk

    Best , Rick
     
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  24. REALZEUS

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    The numbers suggest that they are evenly matched, even though the Pista is more draggy, due to its track focused nature.
     
  25. Pis7a2020

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    The great thing is, if you can afford a Pista, then a 720 is no prob. Get both ;)


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  26. Figuerista

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    The numbers show the 720 consistently beats the Pista
    Now you're talking! How do you like yours?
    2 friends of mine have purchased within the last year and both have sold within 3-4 months of ownership,varying reasons.
     
  27. REALZEUS

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    Not really. The differences are inconsequential.
     
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  28. SoCal to az

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    Jesus. Another pissing match. I own both. Both great cars. You couldn’t pry either one out of my hands.
     

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