Ferrari revealed plans for the future that may be shocking for real Ferrari fans: 60% of the 15 new Ferraris will be powered by a hybrid system and the forthcoming SUV will have a 6-cylinder engine.
Capital Markets Day presentation
The quick passing of Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne left many in a shock, wondering as to the future plans of our favourite car manufacture. Marchionne was widely known for his straight-to-the-point character and it would be difficult to find a successor with the same managing style.
Marchionne’s successor – Louis Camilleri – shared bold new plans with investors during Ferrari’s Capital Markets Day presentation. Between now and 2022, Ferrari will introduce 15 new models of which 60% will be powered by a hybrid drivetrain. It doesn’t go unnoticed that Ferrari is testing their hybrid systems. Click here to take a look at all the presentation slides used during the Capital Markets Day.
Wilco Blok spotted a GTC4Lusso at the Nürburgring last week. YouTuber Shmee150 spotted the car as well and managed to capture its sound: at low speeds it looks like it’s using an electric system, but when the driver put his foot down, you can hear the V12 kicking in.
The future of the Ferrari range
Ferrari clarified their new strategy during the presentation as well. Enrico Galliera, chief marketing and commercial officer, explained that there are four road-car categories and three race-car categories. The road cars are divided between the Sports (812 Superfast), Gran Turismo (GTC4Lusso), Special Series Models (488 Pista) and Fuoriserie and One-Off (SP38). The racing division is divided into Ferrari Challenge (488 Challenge), the XX Programme (FXX K) and Racing Cars (488 GTE).
The Monza SP1 and SP2 are part of new range called Icona. Ferrari is going to ‘’remake timeless designs of iconic Ferraris with innovative materials and state-of-the-art technologies’’.
60% may sound like a lot, but 40% will remain either naturally aspirated or supported by one or two turbos. For example, the successors of the 488 GTB and Portofino will be powered by a hybrid system but it looks like the 812 Superfast and GTC4Lusso successors will stay naturally aspirated – or become turbocharged.
We will still be able to enjoy the distinct high-pitching sounds of the Ferrari V12. The only current road-legal Ferrari with a hybrid powertrain is the LaFerrari, and that car still roars like nothing else. These anniversary models (GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo) are often used to introduce a new design and mechanical language, so it’s not a big surprise Ferrari is becoming more environmentally conscious.
The Ferrari SUV is coming
Even for Ferrari, it’s impossible to ignore the success of the Lamborghini Urus and Rolls Royce Cullinan so they will introduce – most likely towards 2022 – an SUV called Purosangue. To be honest, this sounds more like a new SsangYong, but it’s actually a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Makes perfect sense.
Both renders look amazing in our opinion. The one on the left is created by CarLifestyle and is inspired by the Range Rover Velar. The one on the right is made by Ildar Project – hinting towards the Alfa Romeo Stelvio with a more aggressive designed rear.
After over 40 years of absence, the V6 will make its return to the Ferrari line-up. The Dino 246 GTS was the last car from Maranello to be powered by the iconic Dino-V6.
What do you think of the new plans? Are you happy, or are the Italians going at it the wrong way? Let us know your opinion below in the comment section.