Say goodbye to naturally aspirated Ferraris.
This was something we’ve anticipated for quite some time but haven’t been able to confirm. Although Ferrari has yet to make an official announcement, a new report coming from Motor Trend has all but verified the Italian supercar builder will switch from naturally aspirated to turbocharged engines when the current lineup is replaced in just a few short years. Expect the big switch to begin happening in 2016. However, this won’t be the first time that Ferrari has indulged in turbocharging.
The F40 was powered by a 478 horsepower twin-turbo 2.9-liter V8 and it was nothing short of spectacular. In addition, the 288 GTO came with a twin-turbo V8 powerplant. So what are the exact reasons for Ferrari’s big engine switch? For starters, V8s will no longer be allowed in F1 after the current racing season. Aside from that, ever growing global fuel emissions regulations are forcing Ferrari to make the change. Fortunately, there are a number of things that can be done in order for those future Ferraris to have the intense engine note we’ve come to expect and love. More than likely, the replacement for the California will be the first to debut a turbo V8, followed by the 458 successor.