Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced a five-year strategy for Ferrari, and with that the Italian maker revealed some of the finest supercars on the planet that we will see in a timespan of about eight years. The guys from Fiat also tipped that in the first four years people will see significant update to the powerful lineage of cars.
Prime example of this planned update by the automaker is the introduction of the California’s successor the latest California T that was unveiled in 2014.
We are excited that later this year we’re going to see an upgrade to the 458 Italia. The FF originally went on sale as a 2012 model, and unfortunately we are not going to see the new updated version of the four-wheel-drive grand tourer for another year or two. But look on the bright side, at least we have a first look at a prototype for the updated 2016 Ferrari FF.
The persistent Marchettino, a supercar affisianto shows us a youtube video of the engineers testing a version of the FF directly from the Fiorano test track with what it seems to be a makeshift exhaust system.
According to onlookers, the sound the car made was much louder than normal, which together with the makeshift exhaust suggests that a more potent version of the FF’s 6.3-liter V-12 is being developed or perhaps a new engine altogether.
Previous report said that the updated FF will maintain the V-12 but have an output close to 700 horsepower instead of the current 651-hp rating. The car will also maintain its 4RM all-wheel-drive system albeit with revisions to enhance performance.
Fiat are making a new V-8 option automatically increasing the car’s performance. This is rather strange given the fact that Ferrari prefers only a single engine for its respective models. The mighty V8 might just be reserved for a more coupe-like FF variant that may also be in the works.
The final mechanical update is said to be a new eight-speed transmission instead of the FF’s existing seven-speed dual-clutch unit. The extra gear will allow a tall overdrive in top gear to reduce fuel consumption and help Ferrari reach its emissions targets.
As for the styling, this is likely to feature only evolutionary updates, like those we saw in the California’s transition to the California T. Interestingly, the previous report also stated that we may see some carbon fiber and other composite materials employed above the waistline to help lower the car’s center of gravity.
There have been also rumors of a more elegant roofline to replace the hatchback, and even an eight-cylinder version, although that might bring it too close to the California T. We’ll have to wait and see what Ferrari has in store for its first and only all-wheel-drive model. Ferrari fans can expect a debut appearance of the updated 2016 Ferrari FF late this year or in early 2016.