When the Ferrari FF undergoes its mid-life facelift in 2016, it will likely gain an entry-level model powered by a twin-turbocharged V8.
According to a report in UK magazine Car, the 2016 FF refresh will try to soften the car’s polarising aesthetics. Depending on who wins the tug-of-war between the bean counters and designers, the revised FF might even gain a new hatchback for a faster, sportier look.
To reduce weight and lower the car’s centre of gravity, the updated FF may be equipped with a carbonfibre roof, as well as more plastic components. If all goes according to plan, the revised FF’s aerodynamics and cooling will be helped by a series of hydraulically operated air deflectors.
It’s not clear how far Ferrari will go in sprucing up the interior, but as with lesser models from the house of the prancing horse, the audio system will be compatible with Apple’s CarPlay smartphone mirroring technology.
On the drivetrain front, the 48-valve 6.3-litre V12 will be tweaked for more power, with output rising from 485kW to around 515kW. Power will again be sent to all four wheels, but the current seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission is likely to be junked in favour of an eight-speed unit. The new transmission should deliver improved performance and, thanks to a tall top gear, better fuel economy.
To boost the car’s sales prospects, the 2016 update to Ferrari’s coupe-shooting-brake-mash-up will be offered in entry-level guise with a version of the twin-turbo V8. This engine is currently doing duty in the California T and which will also grace the post-facelift version of the 458.
In the California T, the twin-turbocharged V8 displaces 3.9 litres and churns out 412kW of power and 755Nm of torque. It’s possible that the 458’s version of the mill will crank out around 500kW from the same basic architecture.