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We Hear: Ferrari 458 Italia Replacement to be Turbocharged

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/21/2014 Megan Stewart

For the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari with be unveiling its 458 Italia replacement, and a report suggests it will be turbocharged. The new car will bring another turbocharged model into Ferrari's lineup, with an engine that should be based on the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that currently powers the 2015 Ferrari California T.

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Internally named 142M, the new two-seater will use the same aluminum platform under the current 458 Italia models, but will have to break some ground with a new engine. Not only will it have to be below 4.0 liters, but it will have to be comparable to the 641hp McLaren 650S in terms of power. There's talk about possibly using a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-8, but the automaker isn't sure if that will be enough to produce the required power.

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As this new engine will be based off the one under the hood of the new California T, we expect it to have many similarities, but a source inside Ferrari spoke with Autocar, saying, "Do not expect the same induction system as the California." This leaves the possibility for an electrically powered turbo, as it is well-known that the automaker has been experimenting with this technology. However, another possibility is simply a standard twin-turbo setup with low-inertia turbo units. This would give better throttle response, but torque would suffer.

The goal for this new engine is to match a 650hp-plus, 550 lb.-ft.-plus torque output with the current seven-speed Getrag dual-clutch automatic transmission. But in order to reach these numbers, Ferrari may add a gear to its transmission. It's not clear what direction the automaker will go with the Getrag transmission, as development on the gearbox is still ongoing, along with aerodynamic improvements.

Source: Autocar

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