Yes, electrification is happening to more Ferraris in the future. This is an inevitable trend in both efficiency and performance, but according to Coach, it won’t come to the entry-level Portofino or the suave Roma – not in the short term and probably never, at least in the current generation.
The media directly cites Ferrari as the source of the information. At a press event for Roma, Ferrari officials reportedly said such electrification was never intended for the front-engine rear-wheel drive coupe. Adding electric motors and batteries to the existing internal combustion architecture is never an easy task, and it seems that a hybrid setup was never on Ferrari’s radar when developing the Portofino. As such, Portofino-based Roma also get a pass, giving fans of pure internal combustion power a victory.
There has never been a smoking moment that has pinned the electricity on neither the Roma nor Portofino. However, Ferrari’s announcement of 15 new models by 2022 has left many believing that hybrids will play a big part in that number. Ferrari has confirmed that more than half of those offerings will indeed be hybrid models, but this new report seems to crush all talk about hybrids that populate the lower end of the Ferrari lineup. In other words, the existing low end, anyway.
Of course, low end is certainly subjective in this context. The Portofino is an exceptional GT car in the classic sense of the word, with its twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 generating 591 horsepower (441 kilowatts) from its front-to-mid-engine location. The Roma offers even more – 612 hp (456 kW) to be exact – and the Portofino could see a similar power boost for the 2021 model year.
Meanwhile, we saw plenty of Ferrari test cars around Maranello with curious exhaust notes. These are believed to be mules for the automaker’s V6 hybrid powertrain, which could materialize as a new mid-engined sports car to replace the F8 Tributo.