Ferrari Hypercar Mule Spotted Testing
Ferrari’s most recent supercar, the LaFerrari, was introduced in 2013. The coupe remained in production until 2016, when Ferrari launched the Aperta, which was built until 2018. It’s been two years since the LaFerrari was discontinued and the Maranello-based company is now testing a supercar that looks awfully familiar.
Spotted by our paparazzi on public roads, this prototype is clearly based on the LaFerrari, yet it sports some unique features as well. Is Ferrari building a special-edition LaFerrari? Is this an upcoming successor to the LaFerrari?
Ferrari and Electrification Will Never Be a Match Made In Heaven
2021 is just around the corner and pretty much every car company out there is working on ways to electrify their production models. Most conventional gas and diesel models are becoming mild hybrids, but we already have a big selection of plug-in hybrids to an all-electric cars to choose from.
It’s generally predicted that by 2030 many production cars will be fully electric. However, Ferrari is still hooked on gasoline power and its CEO claims that Maranello will never go 100 percent electric.
Spy Shot Alert: 2021 Ferrari Portofino Seen For the First Time!
Back in 2017, Ferrari replaced the California T, its retractable-top grand tourer, with the Portofino. A much-improved version with a redesigned exterior and a more powerful turbo V-8 engine, the Portofino is about to get a mid-cycle refresh. As these new spy photos show, Ferrari is testing a camouflaged Portofino near Maranello, meaning that the 2021 model year could bring a revised version of the grand tourer. But are there any significant changes to talk about?
10 Things the Ferrari Purosangue Needs to Take on the Competition
Ferrari will build an SUV. I am not joking, the company made an announcement. It will be called the Ferrari Purosangue. That’s the official name of the Ferrari SUV. Ok, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri implicitly said that he does not want to hear “that word” in the same sentence with the word Ferrari. “That word” being SUV. Ok, Camilleri, I will not do it. Ever. The new Ferrari... truck… will be the most amazing piece of technology ever attempted with the “that word” layout. Luckily, we do know a thing or two about the new Purosangue.
Digression: Is the word crossover any better? Maybe, but I feel it sounds too soft for the status of a Ferrari. The Honda CR-V is a crossover for crying out loud.
The new Purosangue may take a layout similar to what we have been accustomed to with the onslaught of performance SUVs, yet the Italians promised to make it a proper thoroughbred. Incidentally (not really), Purosangue translated from Italian actually means thoroughbred. Is it just me, or the name Ferrari Thoroughbred (in English) wouldn’t sound bad at all? We have a Superfast and we like it, don’t we? Enough with the strange ideas. Purosangue it is.
Christopher Smith of Motor1 explained how to pronounce it:
“PUR-o-SAN-gue. There are four syllables, with emphasis on PUR and SAN. Phonetically speaking, start with PUR, as in a cat purring. From there just say a soft O as in oh, then SAN with a long A sound like saahn, and finish with GUE, which sounds like way but starting with a g – gway. PURR - oh - SAAHN - gway. See? It’s totally easy.”
The 2021 Ferrari 812 GTO is an upcoming version of the 812 Superfast grand tourer. A return of the "GTO" has been rumored since before Ferrari upgraded the F12berlinetta into the 812 Superfast. Ferrari has yet to confirm that such a model is underway, but our paparazzi spotted a slightly modified and camouflaged 812 on the go. With Ferrari set to unveil two new models by the end of 2020, the 812 GTO could become a reality, and the "GTO" badge would return after exactly ten years.
Ferrari Could Be Preparing to Reveal Its One-Off, F40-Inspired Supercar
Ferrari’s Special Projects division is responsible for some of the most desirable Ferraris ever built. Even better, this new one-off is rumored to be based on one of the most iconic Ferraris of all time: the mighty F40.
Not much is known, but since it is a one of a kind, expect it to end up in the hands of someone with deep pockets that has a garage full of Ferraris.
Ferrari Is Going Hybrid, But At Least 2 Models Never Will
Ferrari is, without a doubt putting a major focus on hybridization, and at least half of the “15 new models by 2022” will, in fact, be hybrid. However, Ferrari has now confirmed that neither the entry-level Portofino nor the Portofino-based Roma have even a chance of going hybrid. It’s not a move to please purists or fans on internal combustion, either, so don’t go tooting your own horn quite yet.
We Have A Looking Glass Into the Ferrari Portofino’s Future, and Something Big is Coming
A recent filing with the Environmental Protection Agency hints that Ferrari is planning a new model, which is right now only known as the “2021 Ferrari F164 BCB”. At a glance, this probably doesn’t tell you anything, but Ferrari fans and enthusiasts will tell you the F164 is the internal model code for the Portofino. With fuel economy figures for the 2021 Ferrari Portofino already submitted and a second submission for the “Ferrari F164 BCB”, we’re willing to bet there’s a new model on the way. This is what we know about it.
Ferrari is Still Planning 2 New Models for 2020, But They Have Been Delayed
In mid-April, we reported that Ferrari’s year of consolidation was likely to be more consolidating than expected with the two new models expected for 2020 potential delayed until 2021. This news was followed as the calendar switched to May with GMC delaying the new Hummer EV and Ford delaying delivers for the Mustang Mach-E. Fortunately, for Ferrari, the speculation about its consolidation wasn’t entirely true. A new report coming from Automotive News Europe says that the Italian automaker will, in fact, launch two new vehicles this year, but they will be delayed by three or four months.
We Might Not See a New Ferrari This Year After All
2019 kicked off a massive range expansion for the Ferrari brand with the introduction of the F8 Tributo, SF90 Stradale, and the Roma. Those represent just 3 of the 15 new models that Ferrari is planning to introduce between now and 2024, but with the COVID pandemic looming over everyone’s head, the expectation for Ferrari to unveil two new models this year on schedule has been up in the air. Now, we’ve learned that Ferrari has plans to amend its plans for the rest of the year in an investor’s presentation in May 2020, so the outlook isn’t exactly the best. Ferrari wanted 2020 to be a year of consolidation, and it could turn out to be more consolidating than anyone expected.
Now Ferrari is Suing a Non-Profit Charity for Using the Purosangue Name
It’s starting to feel like with every new year, there’s a new case of Ferrari bullying someone with legal action. Last year, it happened when the company threatened to file suit against someone for posting a picture of a Ferrari 812 Superfast with a pair of one-off shoes sitting on it. This year? Well, it looks like Ferrari has decided to file suit against a non-profit charity for using the Purosangue name. Is there merit to the suit or is it just another case of bullying by a company that’s overly aggressive with protecting its image?
The Ferrari Purosangue Is Scheduled to Arrive in 2021 and It May Even Pack a V-12 After All
It’s only been three years since then CEO Sergio Marchionne killed off any hope of a Ferrari-branded SUV. In fact, back in 2016 he said, according to Bloomberg Business, that it would only happen “over my dead body.” Well, God rest his soul (he passed away on July 25, 2018) but, sure enough, the Ferrari Purosangue is scheduled to arrive by 2021. Even better yet, we’ve learned some new details, none of which is more important than the potential for Ferrari’s 6.5-liter V-12 to continue its reign as Ferrari’s range-topping engine.
New Rendering Shows What the Ferrari Purosangue Would Look Like With Lots of Roma Styling
Ferrari’s first SUV is happening whether we like it or not. Maranello is poised to give the Urus a run for its money with a high-riding vehicle, the so-called Purosangue. Little is known about Ferrari’s first (and hopefully last) attempt to attract SUV-loving clients, which means pixel manipulators around the world have had a lot of leeway in coming up with their vision on what the Purosangue could look like.
Of that bunch, Laco Design came forward a pair of renderings that take a stab at guessing a potential design avenue Ferrari might or might not take with the Purosangue, opting to bake in a handful of styling cues seen on Ferrari’s stunningly elegant 2020 Roma supercar.
Ferrari Delays Its EV Plans, But It Has Absolutely Nothing to Do With Financial Stability
Word has been circling that Ferrari has delayed its plans to shift into building EVs until 2025, and it’s 100-percent true. Some outlets, however, would have you believe that Ferrari might not even be around by then – @FredericLambert from Electrek, I’m looking at you. The truth is that there’s a good reason that Ferrari has decided to push its plans for an EV from roughly 2023 to 2025 or later.
The Potential Engine Choices For the 2022 Ferrari Pursangue Will Blow Your Mind
Ferrari is in a bit of a sauce. It has to persuade the market and its loyal fans that the SUV is a good thing and that n/a engine is not. That is like persuading Americans that socialism works. Not impossible, but tough. And expensive.
So much so that Ferrari already had to announce that the Purosangue won’t be a classic SUV (I don’t know how Ferrari can reinvent the wheel, but let’s see). Plus, it will probably feature a hybrid propulsion system in all its iterations.
That is the big question that burns through the Internet gearhead community. Right now, the word on the street is that the Purosangue engine bay can accept anything - a V-6, V-8, or even the V-12 - and any one of them could sport a hybrid system. Note that it could be scaled to offer a V-6, V-8, or V-12, all of which could be hybrid or non-hybrid.
Ferrari Thinks It’s Too Good To Offer an “Entry-Level” Model
It wasn’t that long ago that Ferrari offered a simple, entry-level model known as the California. It carried an MSRP – as of 2018 – that started at right around $120,000 for the base model. It may have increased to more than $300,000 in higher trim levels, but the point is that you could step into a brand-new Ferrari for what some Ferrari customers would consider pocket change. The die-hard purists weren’t too fond of such a “cheap” model, but it served a real purpose – it allowed those who otherwise couldn’t afford a Ferrari to own a prancing horse.
With the California officially discontinued as of the end of 2018, Ferrari’s cheapest model is now the Ferrari Portofino with a starting price of around $215,000. Ferrari was expected to revive the Dino name, which was associated with affordability in the 60s and 70s, on a new entry-level model and spiritual successor the original Dino. Ferrari now says that isn’t going to happen – here’s why.
Are these Ferrari 812 and F8 Tributo Spiders We See?
It’s been only three months since Ferrari’s latest supercar, the SF90 Stradale, made its official debut, and the Italian firm is already planning to introduce two new vehicles. This time around, Maranello is preparing F8 Tributo Spider and the 812 Superfast Spider. How do we know? Well, Ferrari unveiled one at a private event and showcased the other one on a gift paperweight at the same presentation.
The 2020 Ferrari Hybrid Hypercar Debuts May 29 - Here Are the Most Important Models That Came Before it
Ferrari recently confirmed that it will unveil a brand-new supercar on May 31. But it won’t be any the average supercar or grand tourer (if we can call a Ferrari average, that is). Ferrari will reveal its next range-topping hypercar, the successor to the mighty LaFerrari. Details are still slim, and the teaser doesn’t provide any solid hints, but we do know that this new hypercar will be a hybrid with around 1,000 horsepower at its disposal.
This is big news given that some rumors claimed Ferrari was working on an all-electric hypercar. It seems that Maranello isn’t willing to give up on gasoline power just yet, so it will combine a traditional powerplant with at least one electric motor. Whether the gas engine is a V-12 or a V-8 remains a mystery, but it’s pretty evident that it will pack more power than the LaFerrari. Actually, it will be more potent than any other Ferrari supercar up until now, so let’s have a look at the company’s long list of range-topping supercars.