Automobile's Georg Kacher just dropped a ton of information on the future of Ferrari, and that includes both turbocharged V6 and V8 versions of the 458, a fire breathing F12 replacement, and a drop-top LaFerrari. So let's grab a shovel and get dug into the speculation salt mine.
First up is the LaFerrari. Kacher says two versions are in the cards: A track-focused FXX version with something around 1,050 hp and Spider version. Both are supposedly coming next year, although that seems fast considering deliveries began earlier this year. While there's no speculation on price for the limited run of 30 FXX versions, Kacher says the Spider will be capped at 50 units and will knock on the $2 million mark.
The twin-turbo'd V8 458 is slated to arrive at next year's Geneva Motor Show, with around 670 hp, and that would open a slot for a V6 version. Kacher is calling it the 456, which is likely to pack a 2.9-liter six with around 500 hp and 440 lb-ft, along with a shorter wheelbase and body. Sounds plausible. Less plausible is his assertion that Ferrari could make the case for a manual gearbox, using a DCT-based seven-speed like the one in the 911. Snowball, meet Hell. Although we'd love to see it.
But it's not all about forced induction. Ferrari will keep its screaming V12s for as long as il governo Italiano permits. The 2016 FF's output will grow from 660 to 700 hp when it gets an update, and there's a chance of that blown V8 finding a home in Ferrari's hatch as an "entry-level" version. The F12, too, will keep it naturally aspirated, and a hybrid won't come along for the ride, either.
As for electrification, it will begin to infiltrate Ferrari's front-engine cars in 2017 before making its way to the mid-engine models in 2019. To combat that weight, new modular architectures will be between 40 and 110 pounds lighter, and we'll see more carbon fiber in the form of body panels and roofs.
All good news, except for this: The $200,000, perpetually-rumored Dino successor continues to sleep with the fishes.