Modular platforms are all the rage these days. By building multiple models off scalable architecture with as many common components as possible, automakers are able to reap big savings on manufacturing, design and engineering costs.
And the higher the volume of cars, the bigger the savings. Volkswagen has the MQB and MLB platforms, Mercedes has MFA and MRA, Mazda utilises its Skyactiv architecture across its models and Toyota will roll out its TNGA platform shortly.
But if recent reports are to be believed, low-volume sports car maker Ferrari may soon debut a multi-fit architecture of its own.
According to US magazing Automobile, Ferrari will debut a new scalable platform under its next-generation California in 2017 (development mule pictured), which could eventually be applied to other models in the Ferrari stable.
Utilising an aluminium spaceframe, the platform could accommodate front and mid-engined layouts and allow the easy swapping of powertrains, suspensions and even wiring harnesses between models.
Such bolt-on modularity would enable swifter upgrades to be made throughout a model's life while keeping production lines as simple as possible.
Automobile also reports that the new California will be more track-focused than the current model, but will continue to be a folding hardtop convertible.
A lower-cost model utilising a twin-turbo 2.9 litre V6 is apparently on the radar too as a partner to the 3.9 litre twin-turbo V8 of the California T.
Speaking of which, the 488's 3.9 litre turbo V8 may find its way into the next-generation FF 2+2 coupe as a replacement for the current car's 6.3 litre naturally-aspirated V12.
With 492kW and 760Nm, the 488's V8 would be more than up to the task of supplanting the FF's 485kW/683Nm V12. It too is expected to be built on Ferrari's new modular platform.
Other changes believed to be in the pipeline for the FF include elongated gullwing doors to ease access to the rear seats, as well as a styling makeover that will see it ditch the boxy silhouette of the current model (above).
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