Ferrari has always been associated with the color red – not green. to that end the idea of six-cylinder Ferraris doesn’t have us too enthused. We know the original Ferrari Dino was powered by a V-6, but to us they’ve mostly been eights and more definitively, V12s. Regulations on fuel consumption and emissions should leave exotic manufacturers like Ferrari and Lamborghini alone. OK, end of rant.
Speaking with Autocar, Ferrari Chief Executive Officer Amedeo Felisa recently commented on the future of Ferrari powetrains. The good news is that the V-12 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. In fact, the V-12 that debuted in the F12 Berlinetta is a new-generation unit, one that will be used to power the upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor. But the V-12s of the future will have a different twist on them versus what we’ve known before: hybrid power.
Not hybrid as in Toyota Prius hybrid power, but instead an F1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System. KERS is all about making power, but more efficiently. And hey we’re all for that. Felisa speculated on a day when the technology could be standard on all Ferraris: “I’m not saying when, but it is possible that this technology will be on all Ferraris. It has been designed to fit all our future architecture, and if we go ahead it will be fitted as standard. It is not the sort of thing you offer as an option.”
When or where, we don’t know. KERS isn’t something entirely new for Ferrari though. They have experience developing it for Formula One and showed HY-KERS Concept in 2010. Originally the Enzo replacement was thought to debut the technology in a road car, but those plans appear to have been scrapped. What really jumped out at us was a consideration of six-cylinders, which would certainly need to be boosted.
“Why not six cylinders?” said Felisa. “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.” So what do you guys think? Would you be OK with a six-cylinder, hybrid Ferrari?