Report: Ferrari to Switch to Turbocharged Engines

Even Ferrari isn’t immune to emissions regulations.

Ferrari may be well known for its lineup of high-revving naturally-aspirated V-8s and V-12s, but the Italian supercar brand may be switching to turbocharged engines if a report from our colleagues at Motor Trend is any indication. Apparently emissions and fuel economy regulations are the cause for this future development, as Ferrari is especially feeling the pressure from European carbon dioxide regulations which will tighten even further in 2016.

In the U.S., Ferrari’s current lineup of engines includes a 4.3-liter V-8 in the California, a 4.5-liter V-8 in the 458 Italia and 458 Spider, and a 6.3-liter V-12 in the F12 and FF. The last turbocharged Ferrari model was the F40 supercar made from 1987 to 1992, which was powered by a 471 hp, twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-8. The Ferrari 288 GTO of the early 80s was also turbocharged.

Ferrari will also be crossing over to turbocharged engines in Formula 1, as V-8 engines will no longer be allowed in the racing series after 2013. This means Ferrari will most likely be using a small-displacement, high-revving turbocharged V-6 engine on its F1 cars, meaning that some of this technology could trickle down into the company’s road cars as well.

One obstacle for Ferrari going forward will be maintaining its reputation for fantastic sounding engines. Even the upcoming hybrid LaFerrari makes no compromises in terms of the engine noise, as the car was designed to never run only on the electric motor in order to maintain the sound of its 6.3-liter V-12. One potential solution for upcoming turbocharged Ferraris could be some sort of audio enhancement system like those used on some BMW M models and the Ford Focus ST which pump artificially enhanced engine sounds into the cabin. Whether this would upset Ferrari purists remains to be seen.

Motor Trend says we can expect turbocharged engines to come into the Ferrari lineup within the next few years as various models get overhauled.

What do you think? How will the move to turbochargers affect Ferrari’s performance pedigree?

Source: Motor Trend

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