Ferrari Has No Plans To Hybridize Its Latest Supercar

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But change is still happening.

At present, the only new Ferrari on sale with a hybrid powertrain is the SF90 Stradale. This will change in the years ahead as the Prancing Horse pursues an aggressive strategy of launching 15 all-new or successor models over the next few years. The Italian brand's first-ever SUV, set to be named Purosangue, is due to arrive next year. Chances are it too will have a hybrid engine, though it might be optional alongside the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the Ferrari Roma and Portofino. And speaking of those two front-engined V8 models, it appears neither is earmarked to receive hybrid electrical assist.

Autocar has learned from Ferrari that hybrid power was never intended for the current V8 coupe and convertible models, at least in the current generation. Although it has not yet been confirmed, the successor to the mid-engined F8 Tributo is also expected to go hybrid.

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The Roma and Portofino are rated at 612 hp and 561 lb-ft and 592 hp and 561 lb-ft, respectively. The grand tourers are anything but entry-level with 0-62 mph times of no more than 3.5 seconds and a shared top speed of 199 mph. But sooner or later, replacements will arrive and it's expected they'll go the hybrid route. Ferrari needs to continue abiding by strict emissions standards and given its entire lineup consists of supercars, it'll do what it must in order to retain its status.

While the Roma and Portofino won't be going hybrid in their current form, more extreme variants are certainly in the cards.

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The immediate predecessor to the Ferrari Portofino, the California T, was offered with a Handling Speciale package towards the end of its lifecycle. This included stiffer springs front and rear, retuned dampers, faster gear shifts in Sport mode, a new sport exhaust system, and even reprogrammed F1-derived stability control. Visual upgrades included a matte grey grille and rear diffuser, and matte black exhaust tips. No output increase was deemed necessary.

Sometime in the next few years, the Roma and Portofino could receive their own HS packages and, perhaps, something even more extreme.

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Source Credits: Autocar

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