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Ferrari Hints at Future Twin-Turbo V-6 Power

Automobile logo Automobile 2015-09-16 Mike Floyd
Ferrari Hints at Future Twin-Turbo V-6 Power

At a press conference here at the 2015 Frankfurt show, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa all but confirmed that the brand is in the process of developing a six cylinder engine. “Will a six-cylinder come to a Ferrari someday, probably yes,” Felisa said. Regular AUTOMOBILE readers have already heard this is happening; in a recent story on Ferrari’s future plans, our own Georg Kacher outlined that the Prancing Horse brand is looking into a couple of options.

"We might also see a less expensive future Ferrari California with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 instead of the turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8," Kacher reports. "Though the V-6 could have the same 90-degree layout as the Ferrari V-8, R&D is also considering a F1-style 120-degree V-6, which would help forestall unpleasant vibration and push down the center of gravity. Ferrari says that 600 hp is feasible, and that’s before adding any electric power-assist systems.

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider Front Three Quarter 02© Automobile 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider Front Three Quarter 02

"The best part about this V-6, though, is that it will be made-to-measure for the Ferrari Dino Concept, which [former Ferrari CEO] Montezemolo wouldn’t approve but [FCA CEO] Marchionne is eager to build. The Dino, which might come to market as the 486, will look butch and aggressive rather than sleek and elegant like the original Dino 246 GT from 1969. Call the Dino an entry-level Ferrari if you want, but since the price will start around $200,000, we won’t."

The six does make sense, as the original Dino V-6 powered. But either way, Ferrari's best reason for V-6 power is reduced emissions. Despite the brand's special dispensation from the Feds, given because of its low production volume, not even Ferrari cannot escape the reaper. It is hoping to cut overall emissions by some 20 percent by 2021, all while keeping performance on par with today’s cars.

2015 Ferrari California T Engine 2© Automobile 2015 Ferrari California T Engine 2

Of course, the first Dino also had a five-speed manual, but Ferrari made it clear that the stick shift is gone from its cars, no matter how many journalists ask, beg, plead for them to do so. Ferrari officials at the event say that their customers have spoken, and no is the answer to manuals.

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