With ever-tightening emission regulations and climbing fuel economy mandates, low volume manufacturers like Ferrari are scrambling to produce cleaner, more fuel efficient cars. Ferrari’s chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, confirmed that the legendary marque will be bringing back a V6 engine option for cars like the California. To match current horsepower levels, it’s likely that any Maranello supplied V6 motors will use forced induction.
Ferrari is no stranger to V6 power plants, and supplied 2.0 liter V6 motors to Fiat for the Dino from 1966 to 1969. In 1969, Ferrari changed to a 2.4 liter V6, which was used in the Fiat Dino, the Dino 246 and the legendary Lancia Stratos. In racing trim, power output was 280 horsepower for a normally aspirated Stratos. Turbocharging was allowed in Group 5 competition, and some Stratos race cars made as much as 560 horsepower. Briefly, as reliability proved to be an issue when running massive amounts of boost.
If you’ve ever heard a Lancia Stratos run WFO, you’ll welcome the return of the Ferrari V6. Let’s hope they share the motor with Fiat this time around, too.
Source: Ferrari Confirms V6 Return