Ferrari gave an investor presentation today that outlines its product strategy for the next five years. In it, Chief Technical Officer Michael Leiters talks a lot about powertrains, and he revealed the big news that Ferrari is working on a new V6, lots of hybrid technology.
Pictured above: a Dino 246 GTS, a descendant of the first Ferrari with a V6.
"We will develop a totally new V6 family based on a very, very particular, innovative architecture with plenty of innovations regarding technologies and components," Leiters said. Unfortunately, he didn't provide any more details on this engine, or where it'll find a home.
Ferrari currently makes a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 for various Maserati models, and it played a big role in developing Alfa Romeo's new 2.9-liter V6, which is said to be based heavily on Ferrari's 3.9-liter V8. It's unclear if this new V6 will be used by Alfa and/or Maserati, or by Ferrari itself.
Leiters was a lot more forthcoming on the brand's adoption of hybrid technology. Ferrari is developing new front- and mid-engine platforms to underpin all of its future cars, and both will be able to accommodate hybrid systems.
"Ferrari will use hybridization to enhance performance and fun-to-drive," Leiters said. "We will also use it for fuel efficiency, obviously, but our main focus has to be performance and fun-to-drive."
"Fun-to-drive" for Leiters means sharp throttle response and an increase in perceived acceleration. "You have to feel like going [to] heaven. Never-ending acceleration: that's the philosophy of perceived acceleration at Ferrari." Leiters is aiming for Ferrari's next hybrids to offer an even greater sense of perceived acceleration than the LaFerrari.
No tech details on the hybrid system were provided, but earlier in the presentation, Ferrari marketing head Enrico Galleria said the company will offer plug-in hybrid drivetrains on future front-engine GT cars. It's unclear if Ferrari's two upcoming mid-engine hybrids will be plug-ins, though. Galleria did say that around 60 percent of Ferrari's offerings by 2022 will be hybrids.
The V6 won't replace any existing Ferrari engines—Leiters promised further development of Ferrari's twin-turbo V8 and its naturally aspirated V12. Speaking of the big 12, Leiters said "this engine is the pinnacle of Ferrari and we want to keep it in our product range."
So there are a lot of questions raised by Ferrari's presentation today, but we won't have to wait long for answers. Every product the company announced today will arrive by 2022, and it seems likely we'll see the Ferrari first hybrids since the LaFerrari next year.