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Ferrari F8 Tributo replacement to be revealed June 24

Ferrari’s going hybrid and V6 for its next mid-engined supercar

Ferrari’s next generation sports car is about to be revealed, with the confirmation it's new six-cylinder supercar will be revealed on June 24 with a focus on fun, rather than pure numbers. The new model is due to be the mule seen in these images and will act as a replacement for the F8 Tributo, which itself is a highly developed version of the 458 Italia that was revealed way back in 2009. Yet instead of packing a highly-strung V8, this all-new mid-engined supercar is expected to utilise a very different powertrain. 

That’s because we’re expecting this new Ferrari to feature an all-new twin-turbo V6 engine with the help of a hybrid system. This new powertrain has been in the works for quite some time now, and while its layout is expected to be a 90-degree V6 (an unusual construction for most V6 engines) it won’t share any major components with Maserati’s similarly specified Nettuno unit found in the MC20

While we can only speculate about the specific layout of the engine and powertrain, it’s likely to be powered over and above the unit found in the McLaren Artura, itself debuting a new hybridised V6 engine, given its combined 671bhp rating is already 40bhp or so down on the F8. 

We also suspect that the new Ferrari model won’t apply the SF90’s electrified front axle – this is both to keep the weight, performance and costs down compared to its bigger and near 1000bhp sibling. Instead, this new model will likely pick up from where the F8 left off, with around 700bhp, and a price point of somewhere between £200-220,000. 

While there’s not much visual detail on show in these images, we can also clearly see a new proportion set on which Ferrari’s Centro Stile design hub have worked from in the styling of this new model. Immediately, the scuttle looks lower than on the SF90, and the window opening suggests the use of a wraparound, or cockpit like windscreen and window arrangement. 

Each body side is punctured by only one small intake just behind the front doors, themselves far narrower than the SF90, also then forming the rear haunch and a highly stylised rear deck not dissimilar in idea, if not aesthetic to the larger V8. The long rear deck in relation to the compact front end also does suggest that a majority of its mechanicals will be integrated into the rear section of the new model, along with all of Ferrari’s latest aero and efficiency design.

This new information also comes only days after Ferrari announced the appointment of a new CEO, former tech boss Benedetto Vigna, which in itself is a very clear indication of the stance it is taking towards a new electrified future. With the amount of new models coming in from Ferrari, it could well look like a very different company in ten or even five years time – which we suspect is exactly what Chairman John Elkann and Ferrari’s board of directors is aiming for. 

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