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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ferrari Denies SUV, Four-door, and Motorcycle Rumors

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Last week’s hot-button topic, aside from the unorthodoxy of a hybrid Lamborghini, was the prospect of Ferrari venturing into the arena of motorcycle production. The impetus? A patent application for a V-twin engine.

While we weren’t convinced of Maranello’s jaunt down two-wheeled lane, our skepticism was validated by comments from outgoing Ferrari chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.




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As reported by Autocar, Montezemolo joked about incoming Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne’s intentions to build a “truck” for the Ferrari range, noting that he “talked him out of it.” Montezemolo confirmed that Ferrari would continue to move forward with a focus on two-door sports cars rather than SUVs, four-doors, or any motorcycles.

This makes the idea of the v-twin range-extender an even likelier prospect for a future plug-in hybrid Prancing Horse. With a small two-cylinder engine in tow, an EV Ferrari could race along with oodles of electric torque and top-off the reserves when the batteries begin to run low, or even push more power to the wheels, much in the same vein as the BMW i3 and i8.




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Of course, it could also be vaporware not intended for production at all, but we’ll hold fast to our dreams of a PHEV little brother to the LaFerrari. Other good news? Ferrari production will remain exclusive at around 7,200 cars per year.