About two years ago, Ferrari made several important announcements on how it planned to refresh and expand its range through the end of 2022. She explained how it intended to roll out hybrids and a new V6 engine for entry-level cars positioned below the company’s V8 and V12 offerings. Since then we’ve already seen a new electrified prancing horse in the SF90 Stradale, but there’s so much more to come.
One of the models on the ‘to do’ list would be a V6 hybrid that spies spotted hiding under modified test mules heavily based on previous Ferrari models. Not one, but two such strange cars were captured on camera by Varryx in the heart of the prancing horse – in Maranello. The 488 bodies don’t matter, because these cars are not what they seem.
Below is an old batch of spy photos showing a different test mule.
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The dead gift is the yellow high voltage sticker applied to the doors, hood and rear windshield. Then there’s the soundtrack you can hear in the adjacent video, which doesn’t sound as aggressive as it does in a V8-powered Ferrari. That’s to be expected given the smaller turbocharged engine in the test mules, while a gasoline particulate filter for Euro-spec cars could have an additional impact on noise.
It’s worth pointing out that this is not the rebirth of Dino with a V6 engine. Ferrari refuted this information in 2019 when commercial director Enrico Galliera said the revival of the iconic moniker was not planned. While he hasn’t completely ruled out bringing the Dino back someday, that won’t happen anytime soon.
Whether this electrified V6 will be of the plug-in type remains to be seen, but giving it a charging port like the SF90 Stradale would likely result in greater electric range. The V8 hybrid will drive 25 kilometers in zero-emission mode, which, while far from ideal, is still far better than the LaFerrari’s virtually non-existent EV mode.
The spy video is a reminder that even Ferrari is not immune to electrification and that the company must adapt to stricter emissions regulations. That’s not to say the V12 will disappear as the legendary Italian brand has promised to keep the naturally aspirated powerhouse alive for as long as possible.