Italian supercar manufacturer Ferrari has been laying the ground work for its immediate future for quite some time now.
After teasing the future performance cars, it has now revealed an improved model rollout plan, which guarantees a new Ferrari supercar every year, starting with 2011.
The plans continues the tradition of four main cars, two “versatile” grand tourers, currently the California convertible and the 612 Scaglietti, and two “sporty” performance cars, the 458 Italia and the 599 GTB Fiorano.
Besides the aforementioned models, the company will also be launching specialized versions, like convertible models, bearing the Spider nameplate, or even more performance-oriented models, bearing the Scuderia badge. Throw in a hypercar in the vein of the Enzo, and you’ve got yourself an impressive lineup.
But how and when is Ferrari going to launch these new supercars? Let’s find out.
First off, Ferrari says that each of the four main models will have an eight-year-long life cycle, with a refreshed version, bearing the M (standing for Modificato) badge, slated to appear at the four-year mark.
This plan will be kicked off by the replacement of the 612 Scaglietti, currently codenamed Project F151. It will appear next year and boast a more practical nature. It will retain the same front-engined, rear-wheel drive architecture, but feature more interior space while still being a two-door model.
Afterward, in 2012, Ferrari fans will see the launch of the 599 GTB Fiorano’s replacement, codenamed F152. Seeing as how the current 599 and 612 are too much alike, the replacement of the former will be a more performance-oriented “beast,” borrowing from the recently revealed 599 GTO.
In 2013, a refresh for the Ferrari California is expected, in order to keep things exciting for those who want a comfortable ride and to feel the wind in their hair. Expect new technologies to be incorporated, while improvements will be made to the overall car.
2014, most likely, will be the year when the current 458 Italia also receives its facelift, but not a lot is known as of yet. Starting with 2015, the whole cycle will repeat itself, guaranteeing continuity for the lineup.
This isn’t it, though, as we mentioned above that performance and convertible versions will also be sprinkled by the Italian car company in 2011 to 2014.
Next year will see the addition of a 458 Italia Spider, which was already deemed a certainty by Ferrari executives. It will replace the aging F430 Spider from the lineup and become the go-to fast convertible for any Ferrari fan.
2012 will, most likely, see the release of the Enzo’s successor to the role of halo car for the whole range. Expect massive amounts of power, great handling and, overall, the best of what the Maranello crew can give.
Afterward, we’re not so sure what Ferrari will be offering, perhaps a California Scuderia or even a 458 Italia Scuderia performance version.
Another pretty important unknown concerns the hybrid efforts of the Italian supercar manufacturer, as well as its research into smaller turbocharged engines, in order to face the harsh emissions and fuel average regulations currently being adopted in Europe or North America.
Still, according to its executives, Ferrari will continue to offer performance models, even if you won’t be seeing huge, naturally aspirated V12 engines powering the cars.