Ferrari’s confirmed it will build a regular-production hybrid V8 vehicle beginning next year, saying that the prototypes are undergoing testing now and that the system will be more integral to the drivetrain than the V12 LaFerrari’s KERS energy-scavenging hybrid tech.
That is a strong hint – one delivered directly from CEO Sergio Marchionne to >Top Gear – that the upcoming vehicle driven by this powerplant will be a plug-in; the 2019 release date suggests, too, that it’ll likely be the also-confirmed SUV, since everything else in Ferrari’s lineup is too new to be refreshed or replaced.
“There are [test] mules running around right now,” Marchionne told the magazine, underscoring the performance the hybrid will bring to the table. “When you drive the new Ferrari hybrid, well, you can tell me then how much you miss the V12.”
Top Gear also got out of Marchionne that the automaker is strongly looking at building a continuation car version of its classic 250 GTO some time in the next few years, following in the hugely lucrative steps of rivals like Jaguar.
“I struggle with the term ‘continuation car’. What Jaguar has done with the lightweight cars is clever, but reinventing the 250 is a tough gig, and living off the spoils of the past is a bad habit to get into. But there’s definitely a platform there, and hopefully we can show you something in the next few years.”
Source : http://driving.ca/ferrari/auto-news/news/ferraris-v8-hybrid-is-arriving-next-year-and-may-be-in-an-suv/