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Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa recently talked with Autocar concerning a number of various subjects. We’ve already heard the Italian boss talk about the possibility of a four-door Ferrari (zero!) and now the comapny head talked about the next Enzo hypercar and the use of carbon fiber in future models.

As you all know, Ferrari’s product plan has a replacement for the Enzo hypercar scheduled to appear around 2012, and become the new halo car for the rest of the lineup. According to Felisa, the new car will certainly use carbon fiber, given its limited number of scheduled models, but might also see its power come from a twin-turbo direct injection V8, a massive decrease in cylinders from the Enzo’s V12 engine.

According to Felisa, the future Enzo will showcase what Ferrari can do. Smaller engines like V6 units for the rest of the models have been ruled out. The Italian CEO says customers directly associate the number of cylinders with the power output, so until that changes, Ferrari is sticking to V8, V10 and even V12 engines.

In terms of carbon fiber, Felisa says his company won’t go the route of other carmakers, like BMW or Mercedes-Benz, which both announced partnerships with specialty companies in order to use the material on future models. Ferrari, on the other hand, will only use carbon fiber on limited editions, as the research on how the lightweight material handles in long term real life conditions is still insufficient.


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The newest trend among luxury sportscar manufacturers, besides reducing weight and keeping emissions as low as possible, is the introduction of four-door sedans. We’ve seen the Porsche Panamera or the Aston Martin Rapide, so a lot of people are wondering what’s the next luxury carmaker that will go for four.

According to Amedeo Felisa, the boss of Ferrari, you can scratch the Italian sportscar manufacturer from that list, as he proclaimed that a four-door model won’t appear in the future from his company.

“As Enzo [Ferrari, company founder] would say, we will never do four doors,” said Felisa. “And we will keep this tradition. We stand 60 years and we never needed four doors. What never means, I don’t know, but one of the strong points of Ferrari is to keep the product in the right way. I’m not saying four doors is not right for the image, but it’s not part of our heritage.”

Those who really want a four-door Ferrari should opt for a Maserati, according to Felisa. He also revealed that the research in hybrid technology or the appearance of start-stop systems was imposed on the company due to emissions regulations, but that four-doors aren’t in any other rule book.

As you may remember, McLaren’s Ron Dennis also revealed that his own company will stick to making sportscars without four-doors, in order to keep the brand pure.


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Ferrari is certainly a busy company these days, as it already had two very big models, the California and 458 Italia launch in a very short amount of time. But according to its CEO and managing director, Amedeo Felisa, it seems that the Italian supercar maker won’t stop, as he outlined and confirmed replacements for the Enzo hypercar, the 612 Scaglietti and the 599 Fiorano models.

A new flagship model, which will replace the Enzo, will hit by 2012, when we might see another V12 (or perhaps turbocharged V8) car. According to Felisa, the green technologies that the company has in development won’t be ready until then, so Enzo’s replacements will still see eggs and tomatoes thrown at it by Greenpeace.

Next up, the 612 Scaglietti, which is on the market for five years but still hasn’t really become as popular as the Italian company would have liked. Its replacement is also scheduled to hit around 2012. But in order to still keep an ace up its sleeve, the 599 GTB Fiorano will still be on the market for quite some time, as its replacements will be in development for a few years, in order to give the 458 Italia plenty of room to expand its userbase.

If you’re a Ferrari fan, then these news will only get you more excited about what the Maranello team has got cooking in its factory. Until we will see concrete details or concepts though, we need to wait, and perhaps search for spy shots of testing versions.


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