Ferrari is apparently looking at shortening the 458's wheelbase for a new V6-powered model.
Ferrari is in the midst of undergoing some major changes. As we all know, the California T was just the start of the carmaker's switch to an entirely turbocharged engine lineup within the decade. We previously reported that the heavily facelifted 458 Italia will also be the recipient of a new twin-turbo V8 that’ll supposedly produce around 670 horsepower. Expect to see that car revealed at Geneva next March. For now, the California T remains the so-called entry-level Ferrari.
But if a new report coming from Automobile magazine proves accurate, then that could change in the next few years. Ferrari is apparently toying with the idea of utilizing the 458 platform even further by swapping out the V8 in favor of a V6. Yes, the wheelbase would be shorter but this could be a new entry-level model. Automobile thinks it’s even possible for the car to feature a manual gearbox. The engine itself could turn out to be a 2.9-liter V6 that’s still in development. Output could be anywhere around 500-600 horsepower. Again, these are the earliest reports we’ve heard on this subject, and we’d love to see Ferrari go through with this plan.