For years, rumors of Ferrari using turbocharged engines have risen up to the surface time and again. While the automaker has yet to venture down that path, it looks like its warming up to the idea for some of its future models.
One model, in particular, that could get a turbocharged engine in the future is the successor to the Ferrari California . At least that’s what Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa indicated in a recent interview with [Top Gear].
When asked if turbochargers have a future with the Prancing Horse, Felisa indicated that in order to successfully evolve the California line, the successor would need to have a turbocharger under its hood. The CEO stopped short of actually confirming such a move, but the signs are pointing in that direction, especially since the company has spent millions developing the technology to satisfy Formula One regulations call for the use of turbocharged engines beginning next year.
So, after years of whispers and rumors floating around, Ferrari using turbochargers may finally come to fruition in the near future, possibly with the release of the successor to the California, which is due out in 2015.
Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari California
The Ferrari California made its debut in 2008 and is the company’s resident 2+2 hardtop convertible.
It is a front engine, rear wheel drive grand touring sports car and was the first vehicle in four decades that did not carry an alphanumeric appendage.
Now on its last legs, the 2014 Ferrari California is set to be succeeded by a new model in the coming years, possibly one that could end up carrying a turbocharged engine. But that’s a discussion for another time.
The latest California is powered by a 4.3 liter, V-8 engine that delivers an output of 483 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 0-60 mph in 3.85 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph.