Confirmation of a new model came at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne during a discussion with Ferrari Far East Hub CEO, Dieter Knechtel, on the role of entry-level models for the brand.
“California T was definitely a success in our region (and) has helped in regions where we are reaching out for first-time buyers of Ferrari and people who haven’t thought about buying a Ferrari previously,” Knechtel said.
Asked whether the California T, which in Australia retails for $409,888 plus on-road costs, will remain the most affordable Ferrari available, Knechtel replied, “I think so, currently that is our strategy (but) in the long term we will see what the company will do.”
“There will also be another model after the California in the GT segment coming, so…” he added.
Rumours have long circulated about Ferrari filling the void between the California T and 488 GTB – which in Australia currently represents a pricing gap of $70,000 – with a mid-engined compact coupe wearing the Dino name.
Ferrari has been open about the need to downsize its engines and add turbocharging primarily due to tightening emissions regulations worldwide.
Strongest indications are that a future model could utilise a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which would have links with the similar configuration used in F1, ensuring the link to racing technology is strong – though this is unconfirmed.
Ferrari currently builds V6 engines for Maserati, which in the Ghibli sedan makes up to 301kW and 550Nm. The forthcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia will boast even more power from a similar Maranello-made design.
Currently the smallest and least powerful engine available in a Ferrari is the 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 in the California T, producing 415kW and 755Nm.
Although the CEO of the Far East Hub – essentially Australasia including Australia – would seem to have confirmed the existence of a future GT model, there is currently no other confirmation on timing, engines, positioning or even bodystyle.
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