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Ferrari and fuel efficiency are two terms which reveal few hits if entered into Google's search engine. On the other hand, Ferrari and supercar will give you page upon page of results well worth looking at. But times are changing and the drive for more efficient vehicles is even forcing automakers like Ferrari to search for solutions. Autocar recently had the chance to speak with Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo on the topic of efficiency and he admitted that the company is working on many solutions to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.

One solution which Ferrari is openly pursuing is engine downsizing. Ferrari will likely slot in a downsized V6 powerplant to help the company achieve higher efficiency. Autocar asked Montezemolo about the possibility of a V6-powered Ferrari and he replied, "An engine smaller than a V8? Why not?" Six-cylinder engines are not foreign to the brand, just unexplored in recent years as the company has predominantly moved towards bigger V8, V10 and V12 powerplants. Montezemolo did add that any move towards increased efficiency will not spoil the brand's amazing heritage. So, if Montezemolo is right, then we can expect the unexpected: fuel-efficient supercars. Imagine that!

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[Source: Autocar]

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