Tony O'Kane | Jul 8, 2008

Rumour has it that Ferrari may introduce a turbocharged V6 engine into its engine line up in the near future, which would make it the first time Ferrari has used forced induction it its cars since the F40. The rumour-mongers neglect to mention anything about projected introduction dates or even ballpark engine specs, but if Maranello does decide to adopt a bent-six any time soon it would most likely be around 3 litres in displacement and feature one or two turbos (or perhaps a supercharger) to help bring power up to par with Ferrari's current V8s and V12s.

But why would Ferrari even consider such a drastic engine change when their present motors are pretty much the very definition of a high-performance powerplant? The reasoning behind this rumour says that fuel economy woes and increasingly stringent emissions regulations are to blame. The relatively short V6 format could also bring with it advantages in packaging and weight distribution, however the addition of turbochargers would add a significant amount of complexity to the engine bay and would probably drink just as much fuel as a Ferrari V8 when punted hard.

Remember: this is all just speculation for now and it remains to be seen whether Ferrari is prepared to drop its rich V8 and V12 heritage for the high-tech wonders of a force-fed motor. Whatever happens though, lets hope that classic Ferrari exhaust note survives the transition...

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