Is it possible that we could be seeing a lot more Ferrari models in dealerships in the near future? And by a lot more, we’re not just talking about the usual four or five models that Maranello has at any given point in time. Apparently, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne seems to think that more Ferrari models out on the streets would be an ideal scenario, or at least that’s what he told Autoblog recently.
According to Fiat-Chrysler’s main man, the Italian automaker is planning to launch a new car every year between now and 2018. Do the math and that’s five entirely new models that will be launched in the next five years. Marchionne didn’t dive into the specifics of what models are being prepared, but don’t be surprised if somewhere along the way, a successor to the 458 Italia is one of them.
Looking at the company’s current lineup, the 458, believe it or not, is now the elder statesman of the group. The FF , the F12berlinetta , and the just-launched California T are still relatively new compared to the 458. Once you add the LaFerrari to the mix, that’s five unique models Ferrari currently has in its portfolio.
Now, Marchionne also mentioned that these future models will have a four-year lifecycle and from there, "M" versions will be built, of which another four years will be tacked on to them. What these models are, we still don’t know, but we’re certainly curious as to how Ferrari can pull it off given that it has no plans of exceeding the 7,000-unit cap it has for its models in a given year. There’s talk that the company plans to ramp that up to 10,000 units, but such discussions aren’t expected to be taken seriously for a few more years.
All this, of course, leaves us with a mix of excitement and anxiety regarding Ferrari’s future. Introducing one new model a year is the exciting part, but not knowing what these models are is making us really anxious.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari.
Why It Matters
It’s Ferrari, and any news of new models coming out of Maranello is going to make headlines. But the fact that no less than Sergio Marchionne has confirmed the arrival of one new model a year until 2018 is pretty big news.
Ferrari unveiled the LaFerrari, the successor to the Enzo supercar, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The model features an aggressive design language and a hybrid system for the first time in Ferrari’s history.
The LaFerrari gets a HY-KERS system that combines a 6,262 cc (6.3-liter), V-12 engine with two electric motors – one motor powers the driven wheels and the second drives the ancillaries.
This system delivers a total of 963 horsepower – 800 delivered by the V-12 engine and 163 by the electric motors – which allows the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.