Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Builds a New V6, But No New ‘Dino’
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) will launch a new V-6 engine in its road cars for the 1st time since the days of the Ferrari-built, but not Ferrari-branded, Dino, more than 40 years ago. The engine will power multiple different models and pair with hybrid technology.
Announced at the investor meeting at the Maranello Outfit’s HQ, the all-new turbocharged engine, which Ferrari said is a “new architecture” Vs the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6s it builds for current Maserati models, will be used in the company’s new modular front-engine platform underpinning the next generation Portofino, GTC4Lusso, and 812 Superfast, which will arrive no later than Y 2022.
In order to significantly cut emissions, the V-6 will be paired with plug-in-hybrid running gear, making it a natural fit for the larger 4-door FUV Purosangue crossover.
The engine will be compatible with all-wheel drive, although for the latter.
It is still unclear if Ferrari will refine the 2nd gearbox for the front axle as seen in the Lusso, currently the only AWD Ferrari, or adopt a more conventional layout by fitting electric motors to the front axle.
Maranello currently casts testarossa manifolds for Ferrari-branded V-6 engines, but only for the SF70H driven by Sebastian Vettel, and Kimi Raikonen in the F1 championship race cars.
As for the Dino
The Dino was last produced in Y 1974, and CEO Louis Camilleri said at the meeting that mid-engine model would not reappear as previous reports suggested, at least not in its original type and kind.
Ferrari did not rule out a V-6 for its mid-engine cars that will succeed the 488GTB or for top front-engine GTs like the 812.
With luxury cars shifting to electric superchargers, 48-volt electrical sub-systems, and lithium-ion traction batteries capable of 800 volts, I expect Ferrari to follow suit + + with its 6-cylinder engine.
Were it to pair with an evolution of the LaFerrari’s HY-KERS system it could easily power the 488’s successor.
On the other hand, without any complex hybrid hardware, a V-6 could power future entry-level Ferraris at the Portofino’s price point.
Notably, Ferrari knows lots about getting big Hp from small displacements.
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