• Sep 7th 2010 at 1:58PM
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Every automaker, including low-volume, high-performance brands like Ferrari, is going to have to reduce fuel consumption in the coming years, and the Italians will show their first tangible effort at the Paris Motor Show. The California is expected to get an updated version of its 4.3-liter V8 powertrain that doesn't yet adopt a full hybrid system but may get an automatic start-stop system and brake energy regeneration.

The regeneration system would be similar to those found on many other recent vehicles that uses a smart alternator to charge the battery only when the car is coasting. The engine is also expected to get some internal improvements to reduce friction, a new direct injection system and, for the first time ever in a Ferrari, cylinder deactivation. Full details will be available when the show opens at the end of the month.

  • Maranello, 05/2008 Ferrari California 2008�Ferrari SpA foto rivelazione / reveal pictures
  • Maranello, 05/2008 Ferrari California 2008�Ferrari SpA foto rivelazione / reveal pictures
  • Maranello, 05/2008 Ferrari California 2008�Ferrari SpA foto rivelazione / reveal pictures
  • Maranello 05/2008, Ferrari California 2008 � Ferrari S.p.A.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      a couple of years ago Ferrari said they would do a hybrid. but they keep making this archaic nonsense. sigh
      they are all so visionless. incompetent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari is able to get away with this because of their target market, rich people with more money than sense. They will only change if stricter standards are put in place. As far as actually producing a model with significantly improved efficiency, I will believe it when I see it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares what Ferrari builds? I would guess 98% of the people that read this article can't even afford a Ferrari. Tell me about something a little more practical.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Or they could ask GM how to make an engine.

      On a comparatively shoe-string budget, the company managed to get over 500hp and 470ftlbs out of a very reliable lightweight and compact OHV smallblock that still meets LEV emissions and manages 24mpg (26mpg in the 430hp/430ftlbs trim).

      Yet Ferrari can'even get 20mpg out of its weaker hyper expensive and questionable reliability V8. The suspension technology in its active dampers was even designed by Delphi which created them originally for the Corvette, which isn't such an overweight tank either (for those that don't know the Ferrari "sports car" coupe weighs almost 4000lbs).
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is a beautiful car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrai had a 100hp electric motor mated to a dual clutch transmission on an example vehicle. You could downsize the engine to a turbo DI 4 (~250hp) or twin turbo V6 ~(350hp) and stick another 100hp electric motor on the front axle.

      You would get plenty of shove off the line, less wear on the brakes and you could package it so the weight was very low and balanced.
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