Ferrari's V6 hybrid supercar has been spied on the streets again.
Ferrari is no stranger to electrification. The LaFerrari formed part of the hybrid supercar holy trinity alongside the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, while the SF90 Stradale is Ferrari's fastest and most powerful supercar ever made thanks to its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and three electric motors generating a combined 986 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. If these extreme models are too intimidating for you to tame, Ferrari is preparing a new hybrid prancing horse that will slot below the SF90 Stradale.
This will help the Italian automaker achieve its objective of electrifying 60 percent of its lineup by 2022 and comply with stricter emissions regulations being enforced in Europe.
Captured on video, two Ferrari hybrid prototypes have been caught roaming the streets of Maranello, Italy, with an unusual soundtrack.
Like other recent sightings, this latest prototype appears to be based on an F8 Tributo test mule, but don't let the body fool you. Prominent high-voltage stickers applied on the doors, hood, and rear windshield indicate this is no ordinary 488. But the main giveaway is the eerily quiet soundtrack that's unlike any other Ferrari currently in production. It sounds less aggressive than its V8-powered siblings.
There's a good chance, then, that this prototype is packing Ferrari's tamer-sounding V6 hybrid engine. Specifically, reports have claimed Ferrari will use a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 similar to the unit found in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and will produce 610 hp and 443 lb-ft. Electrical assistance will reportedly increase the output to 723 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque, positioning it below the hardcore SF90.
As for the name, Ferrari's new hybrid supercar probably won't revive the Dino name as Ferrari have downplayed these rumors. Instead, reports suggest it will be named the Ferrari 486, but we'll have to wait for official confirmation from Ferrari.