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Ferrari Will Make a Hybrid
In brief: Italian automaker Ferrari has announced that they will make a hybrid before 2014.
Vehicle in the news
Make/Model: 612 Scaglietti
The car in question will likely be the replacement for the grand touring 612 Scaglietti. The news broke in an exclusive insider report to Britain's infamous Autocar Magazine.
The hybrid drive will take the form of an all-wheel-drive a(AWD) system with the rear wheels powered by the ICE and the forward wheels powered by electric motors.
The only confirmation from Ferrari isn't really confirmation, but CEO Amadeo Felisa stated at the Frankfurt Auto Show that a hybrid from the company would "likely be a V12 model."
The new 612 model has been observed in testing and many believe it to be a V12 model. It's not slated to hit showrooms until 2011/12, but it may release without the hybrid drive initially.
The current Scaglietti 612 (pictured) sports a 5.7L V12.
And so ...
The addition of a hybrid, if Ferrari stays true to course, will not be to improve efficiency, but rather to improve performance. So while it may be more fuel efficient, it will be geared towards better handling and power.
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