How does a new Ferrari launch every year sound? It sure does sound good to us and it seems that Ferrari feels the same way.
When a Ferrari turns four years old, an M or modificato model will replace the original, with revised design, powertrain, and chassis improvements. An all-new model comes four years after that. With a total of four models in the Ferrari range, one all-new or M model will be launched every year. On top of that we will be getting a few Scuderia and Spyder models, as well as an Enzo-type vehicle once every decade.
Ferrari believes that they will keep the four-model range for years to come, with two GT models and two high performance models. The Italian automaker intends to widen the gap between the two types in the future.
The first new model will be the 612 Scaglietti replacement, codenamed F151, which will be due out in 2011. It will be a cheaper and more practical car than the current 612. The F151 will cost around the same amount as the 599GTB, with an aluminum body and engine in the front, but it will also get more interior and cargo space.
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The 599’s replacement, the F152, is due in 2012. It will be positioned farther from the F151 than the 599 is from the 612. We think that this new model will be harder and faster than the current 599GTO. The F152 will keep its front V12 and rear transmission layout.
Even though Ferrari is working on a hybrid model, nothing has yet been planned up to 2014. At the Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa told Motor Trend "It’s not feasible for production yet. It would take three years to develop the components and two more years to get the suppliers ready for production. The purpose of this is to find customers.
"We are doing hybrids because if we don’t there will be no more Ferrari," he added. "We are forced by fuel consumption and CO2 rules. We will have to do other things too — aerodynamics and lightweight — because hybrid isn’t enough. But it’s not under discussion to change the character of a Ferrari. We won’t lose performance."
He finished by ruling out the possibility of an all-electric Ferrari, though he believes that an electric motor combined with a normal engine can result in serious fun. "Every new model needs a new sensation. It is not just about extra performance or lateral g. If you couple an electric motor with a combustion engine, you can have an extra feeling of sportiness. I cannot imagine a fully electric Ferrari."
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