Ferrari to reveal first hybrid car in next 3 months

by Mark Tisshaw, Autocar UK 05 Mar 2019

F8 Tributo replaces 488 GTB and pays homage to Ferrari's 3.9-litre V8 engine

The Ferrari F8 Tributo is set to be the last non-hybridised V8-powered Ferrari supercar.

Sales and marketing boss Enrico Galliera told Autocar UK at the Geneva motor show that while it was "unfair to say it will be the last, it is fair to say the next will be hybrid”.

To that end, Ferrari has already confirmed plans to launch hybrid models as well as a new downsized V6 engine. Michael Leiters, Ferrari technical chief, said: “V6 is the next step to follow downsizing without losing emotion or speed of the car.”

It’s likely the next mid-engined supercar will use a hybridised V6 powertrain, meaning the turbo V8 of the F8 will be given its swansong in the current car.

Ferrari’s first hybrid model will be revealed within the next three months, Galliera confirmed, one of five Ferraris due this year and one of 15 planned before 2022.

In 2022, the firm will launch its long awaited SUV model. Company boss Louis Camillieri said he was “not concerned on being too late” to marker with the car but “more concerned on being the best and I’m quite confident we will be”.

He added: “It takes time to get the best thing. I’m confident it will be spectacular and within our DNA.”

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