Baby Ferrari 458 With Turbo V6 Under Consideration

Baby Ferrari 458 With Turbo V6 Under Consideration

Rumors of a turbocharged Ferrari 458 successor are already spreading, but how about a smaller twin-turbo V6 variant?

The Italian automaker is considering a smaller, slightly more affordable model based on the 458 that would have a shortened wheelbase and be powered by a twin-turbo V6. The idea would be to cater to two different segments with closely related models, similar to what McLaren is doing with its upcoming P13. Overall, expect such a model to be leaner and slimmer than the 458 that could even make a compelling case to bring back a manual transmission to Ferrari’s lineup.

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Similar to earlier reports of the Ferrari 458 considering a turbocharged powerplant, expect the V6 to displace 2.9 liters in order to take advantage of tax benefits in China. Considering Audi recently churned out 525 hp from a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, don’t be surprised to see Ferrari produce at least 500 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque with a twin-turbo V6.

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[Source: Automobile]

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  • frri

    They said: only V8 and V12, there’s no place for V6 🙂

  • smartacus

    Enzo Ferrari disliked V6’s for good reasons:
    balance shafts, split crank pins, and high center of gravity for starters

    Ferrari would have a more promising future developing a flat-6 instead of a V6.