Ferrari Plotting Return To Turbocharged Power: Report

Talk of Ferrari once again using a turbocharged engine dates back all the way to 2008 but even though we’re yet to see the automaker head in that direction, the rumors persist. In fact, we’re expecting Ferrari’s replacement for the California, which is due out next year, to feature a turbocharged engine.

According to Motor Trend most of the automaker’s future lineup will come with a blower. The main reason is stricter emissions and fuel consumption regulations, though a move to turbocharged V-6 engines in Formula One is also a factor.

Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa has previously said that half of the automaker’s R&D budget for the next five years would be spent on emissions and efficiency measures, though much of this is also in the area of hybrid technology, which debuts in Ferrari’s LaFerrari flagship.

Ferrari, of course, is no stranger to turbocharging, having quite successfully implemented the technology in its F40 and 288 GTO. However, critics will point out that turbocharged engines are susceptible to turbo lag and a muted exhaust note–both sacrilegious for a modern Ferrari.

While Ferrari’s first modern turbocharged engine is expected to be a V-8, we’re likely to see the Prancing Horse drop to a six-cylinder engine eventually, possibly for its replacement for the 458 Italia.

Note, Ferrari is already building turbocharged V-6 and V-8 engines on behalf of Maserati. These units displace 3.0 liters and 3.8 liters, respectively, and deliver between 325 and 523 horsepower.


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