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Ferrari outlines five-year plan, reveals Monza
SUV headlines 15 new Ferrari models launching by 2022 as Monza SP1, SP2 break out
19 Sep 2018
UPDATED: 3.30PM 19/09/2018
FERRARI has outlined its five-year plan that will see 15 new models, including an SUV, launched alongside two platforms and multiple hybrid powertrains, while the 812 Superfast-based Monza SP1 and SP2 have been revealed as part of the brand’s new Icona limited-edition line-up.
Confirmed at Ferrari’s Capital Market’s Day investor presentation, the SUV has been codenamed Purosangue – Italian for ‘thoroughbred’ – and will be based on a new front-mid-engine platform shared with an upcoming grand turismo that will sit alongside the existing Portofino and GTC4 Lusso.
A newly-developed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be mounted on the rear axle, while two-seat, two-plus-two and four-seat layouts will be accommodated. A four-wheel-drive system and a new suspension set-up will be unique to the Purosangue.
A separate, mid-engined platform will underpin the replacement for the 488 supercar, as well as a higher-performing model that will sit above it.
Similar to the other platform, a rear dual-clutch transaxle will be fitted, while Formula One-inspired aerodynamics will feature alongside a mix of lightweight materials to reduce weight.
Both platforms will have a variable wheelbase and support multiple powertrains, including hybrid systems for the first time since the LaFerrari hypercar, which will not have a successor until after 2022.
The adoption of petrol-electric set-ups is expected to improve efficiency and reduce emissions as well as sharpen throttle response and increase acceleration.
While it is unknown what form these hybrid powetrains will take in the two supercars, the SUV and GT models will be, at the very least, available in plug-in guise.
According to Ferrari, about 60 per cent of its model line-up will be hybridised by 2022, with its supercars to be completely electrified and account for about 50 per cent of its volume in four years, while the SUV and GT are projected to together account for about 40 per cent of sales.
Crucially, the Italian brand’s twin-turbocharged V8 and naturally aspirated V12 engines are not facing the axe and will instead be subject to further development.
Ferrari is also developing a new family of V6 engines, although it did not detail all the models in which the bent sixes will be employed, it will be used in a new entry-level Portofino variant.
The marque currently produces a 3.0-litre for Maserati and a 2.9-litre for Alfa Romeo, so the family could be used for models from all three brands.
Furthermore, Ferrari forecasts its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation will be between €1.8 and €2.0 billion ($A2.91 and $A3.23 billion) by 2022.
Key to these increased earnings will be the continual rollout of high-profit special-edition models, such as the recently-revealed 488 Pista Spider, as well as the introduction of the aforementioned Icona series.
The Monza SP1 and SP2 are the first examples of such, with the former a single-seater, while the latter is a two-seater. Both adopt a speedster body style that does away with a full windshield and roof.
To combat the impact that this design decision has on aerodynamics, a Virtual Wind Shield has been added into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and steering wheel, with it deviating airflow to ensure driver comfort.
The pair’s 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 is the most potent internal combustion engine in a Ferrari yet, producing 603kW of power at 8500rpm and 719Nm of torque at 7000rpm.
As a result, the Monza SP1 and SP2 can sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds while on the way to 200km/h in 7.9s and a terminal velocity of more than 300km/h.
Measuring in at 4657mm long, 1996mm wide and 1115mm tall, the pair is identically sized, but the SP1 is 20kg lighter than the SP2, at 1500kg. A carbon-fibre bodyshell helps to keep weight down.
Ferrari Australasia has confirmed to GoAuto that the Monza SP1 and SP2 will be available to well-heeled Australian buyers, but there is not a specific allocation for the market. The pair is limited to no more than 500 combined global units.
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