Ferrari still builds the sports cars and grand tourers it's famous for, but things are changing at the Italian company. Bloomberg reports that at this year's Detroit Auto Show, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the company will eventually offer an all-electric supercar. It should come after Ferrari's first regular-production hybrid models arrive in the next few years.
"If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first," Marchionne said. His comments come not long after Tesla showed off a new Roadster concept which promises world-beating performance, and Lamborghini stated its all-electric intentions with the Terzo Millennio concept. This comment also slights Rimac, the makers of the amazing electric Concept_One Supercar.
Marchionne, who will retire this year, plans to present his final five-year plan for Ferrari sometime in March. This plan, reports Bloomberg, includes hybrid cars so "going from there to an electric [car] is easy," Marchionne said.
That plan should also include Ferrari's rumored utility vehicle. When we caught up with Ferrari execs last September, the utility vehicle hadn't yet been confirmed, but speaking to the press at Detroit, Marchionne confirmed that it'd arrive in either 2019 or 2020. He also promised that it'll be "the fastest SUV in the market."
This is all part of Ferrari's plans to boost production, possibly blowing past its old self-imposed limit of 10,000 cars per year in the not-too-distant future. But there's a lot up in the air until Marchionne announces his plans. March should be interesting.
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