Ferrari Confirms Development of V6 Engine Architecture
Ferrari has confirmed the development of a new V6 engine architecture.
The Italian supercar maker announced the new V6 engine family during its special presentation in Italy today. Thankfully, the new V6 engine won’t replace the twin-turbocharged 90-degree V8 currently in the automaker’s lineup, but will instead be sold alongside it. This likely means that Ferrari is going ahead with the long-rumored ‘Dino’ model, with the automaker also saying it plans on offering two tiers of performance with its mid-engine cars going forward. A mid-engine V6 model would undercut the V8 offering in both price and performance.
All of Ferrari’s future performance vehicles will feature a hybrid system, so it’s likely that the V6 engine will also be paired with an electric drive motor and a lithium-ion battery. Ferrari’s future hybrid system will also enable pure electric driving.
The brand said its future performance models will feature an F1-inspired drag reduction system (DRS) as well, along with a dual-clutch transaxle.
These performance models will be apart of the “Sport Range” of vehicles, which makes up just one pillar of Ferrari’s future product strategy. There will also be the “Gran Turismo Range”, which covers cars like the GTC4Lusso and Portofino, along with “Special Series” models like the 488 Pista. The final pillar of the future product roadmap is the new “Icona” retro-inspired line of special editions – the first of which arrived today in the way of the roofless SP1 Monza and SP2 Monza.
Ferrari is also working on a utility vehicle that will launch before the end of 2022 with the intent of attracting new customers to the brand. Newly appointed CEO Louis Camilleri seems to open to the idea of a pure electric Ferrari as well, although no plans for such a vehicle were announced at the event.
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Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.
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