Ferrari’s new hybrid model will slot above the 812 Superfast.
We've known for some time now that Ferrari is planning to add a new hybrid supercar to its current lineup. It will be one of five new Ferrari models launching this year, including the F8 Tributo, a rumored 812 Superfast convertible, and V6-powered Dino revival. Back in March, Ferrari confirmed its new hybrid supercar will debut "in two to three months," but now we have a more specific timeframe.
During its Q1 2019 financial call, company chief executive officer Louis Camilleri announced a few details about the new model. According to Camilleri, the covers will come off Ferrari's new hybrid at the end of May in Maranello. It will be a "top-of-the-line hybrid with supercar performance and a true beauty," Camilleri said.
Responding to an analyst's question, Camilleri also clarified the upcoming hybrid will sit above the 812 Superfast and that "it's not a 488 replacement per se," he said. Furthermore, Camilleri announced the model will have new human-machine interface technology but didn't offer any further details about how the system was different from the current system.
Curiously, alleged test mules for the hybrid model have been using a very similar body to the 488, unless Ferrari has very cleverly disguised the design. Camilleri's comments that it will "slot above the 812 Superfast" suggest it will be either more expensive or more powerful than Ferrari's flagship model.
As for the powertrain, reports suggest that combined output could be higher than the 488 Pista's 711 horsepower. If it is more powerful than the 812 Superfast, it could have over 789 horsepower on tap. We shouldn't have to wait long to find out, as Ferrari will no doubt reveal the new hybrid model's juicy technical specifications in just a few weeks. Deliveries, on the other hand, are expected to begin in early 2020.