It's almost certain the Ferrari 458 facelift, due next year, will bring turbocharged V8 power to the table, but the next generation model could feature twin-turbo V6 motivation as well.
Thanks to ever tighter emission regulations, downsized and turbocharged engines are all the rage among Europe's car makers. According to Britain's Car magazine, Ferrari is planning a twin-turbocharged V6 for its next generation entry-level coupe. As this vehicle isn't due to launch until 2019 or later, details about the engine, which is currently being developed by Ferrari's R&D department, are still fluid.
Currently the engine displaces 2.9 litres, but power and torque targets have yet to be put in place. The magazine speculates that the new motor should produce at least 370kW of power and 610Nm of torque, although Ferrari's engineers may be able to squeeze out closer to 450kW if required.
The new twin-turbo V6 may find its way into the engine compartment of the 458's successor as a lighter, less powerful, more fuel efficient and cheaper alternative to the twin-turbo V8 that will debut in next year's facelifted 458. Based on the motor used in the California T, this motor reportedly delivers 500kW from its 3.9-or-so litres.
As the next-generation 458 will be based on a new modular architecture, there's also a chance that Ferrari will exclusively house the V6 engine in a new smaller model of its own. If this plan comes to fruition, the V6-powered Ferrari will be shorter from head to tail, and may even feature a shorter wheelbase and a manual transmission to boot.