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Say It Ain't So: Ferrari Considering V-6 Engines

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On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Say It Ain't So: Ferrari Considering V-6 Engines

The words "Ferrari" and "six cylinder" just don't belong in the same sentence - unless you're talking about classic Dinos. Or future Ferraris. According to a new report, the Prancing Horse is considering offering six cylinder engine options as a means of lowering its emissions and fuel economy numbers.

Ferrari chief Amedeo Felisa told Autocar this month: "Why not six cylinders? It is far away in the future, perhaps, but it is clear perceptions have altered. Even in the US, where until a few years ago eight cylinders was the minimum, it is clear attitudes have changed. We have to think in that direction."

While Ferrari may be considering a six cylinder option for the future, it has no immediate plans of abandoning the V-12. The 6.3-liter V-12 in the all-new F12 Berlinetta has been described as the “the first in a new generation of Ferrari V12s." The F70 Enzo successor will feature an even larger 800-hp 7.3-liter V-12 engine, despite early rumors of a twin-turbo V-8.

What Ferrari will do to balance V-12 power with better emissions and fuel economy numbers is to equip future V-12 supercars with hybrid technology. Maranello has already shown such technology on concepts like the 2010 599 HY-KERS, and the F70 will serve as the first production model with KERS technology built in. Rumors indicate that technology will add up to 120-hp while offering better efficiency.

"Our hybrid system won’t just be about creating power, but saving energy, too," Felisa said.

Felisa said that the technology may one day be available standard on all Ferrari models. It will launch on the flagship F70, but assuming that Ferrari can bring the cost down to practical levels, it may work its way into the entire line in the future.



dwalter | 5:16PM (Wed, Mar 28, 2012)

Why not? Look at the GT-R

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