Oh, thank heavens!
Aston Martin. Pagani. Koenigsegg. McLaren. They all offer turbocharging, whether it be a V8 or V12, as a more economical yet still plenty powerful solution to thirsty naturally aspirated V12s (and V8s, for that matter). Ferrari, however, will be taking a different path to preserving the fine balance between maximum performance and emissions. Autocar quotes Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne declaring that the Italian supercar maker “will always offer a V12."
“Our head of engine programs told me it would be absolutely nuts to (put a) turbocharger on the V12, so the answer is no. It (will be) naturally aspirated, with a hybrid (system).” But what’s particularly interesting about said hybrid system is that its main goal isn’t about lowering carbon emissions, but rather achieving maximum performance potential. “The objective of having hybrid and electrics in cars like this is not the traditional objective that most people would have,” Marchionne continued. “We’re not trying to make two targets. We’re really trying to improve the performance on the track.”
Also worth noting is the fact that the new 812 Superfast’s naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 will continue meeting the current EU emissions standards, which are in effect for another four years. In fact, this V12 is “far under” those standards, thanks in part to its direct-injection system. So think of it all this way: the LaFerrari, with its 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 hooked up to an electric motor and KERS system is the blueprint for Ferrari’s V12 future. We can easily live with that.