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Default Ferrari 488 Hybrid Test Car Spied On A Dark German Street

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Could this be a Dino paring an electric motor to a new Ferrari V6?

We so wish this spy video was a bit clearer and filled with sound, but when you happen upon a camouflaged Ferrari testing on the street – be it day or night – every car enthusiast has an obligation to grab footage. In this case, a YouTuber with the curious name of DrGumoLunatic was in the vicinity of Stuttgart when a strange Ferrari 488 with white coverings on the front and back came into view. Is this a 488 hybrid model undergoing some on-road evaluation? Perhaps more importantly, is there V6 engine in there?


It certainly looks like other 488 test cars we’ve seen recently, at least in terms of the white wrap it's wearing. Unfortunately, the in-car footage of this clip makes it very difficult to identify any kind of sound coming from the Ferrari – the exhaust note we hear seems to be coming from the camera car – so we can only go on what we see, and that admittedly isn’t much. Previous video (linked above) caught a similar car turning laps at Fioranio in complete silence, so it’s possible this Ferrari was equally as quiet.


One thing we find interesting is that the video description calls this a Dino 488 Hybrid. We know Ferrari is expanding its hybrid offerings, and we also know new V6 technology is in the works. Also, rumors of a new V6 Dino have literally come and gone for decades, but could the Dino return as a V6 hybrid? Admittedly we’re not familiar with the source on this spy video so we’re not sure where the information comes from. It was believed such a setup in the 488 would pair electricity with a V8, but going with a V6 in a hybrid application does make sense.


We’ve heard that Ferrari’s new hybrid powertrain could debut as early as next year, and the automaker has plans to expand electrification to many models in the years to come. For now, we’ll just have to be patient until more information breaks cover.

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The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Hybrid Is A Very Busy Supercar



Pictures of Ferrari’s much anticipated new hybrid supercar has already been leaked a bit, in a now-deleted blurry picture on Instagram, but now there’s a full set of what appear to be Ferrari press photos of what is called the SF90 Stradale. It’s clearly crammed full of Ferrari DNA, though it does have a somewhat busy, techno-fetishy sort of look.

The rear is remarkably busy, with multiple folds and panels and gaps and windowed areas; there seems to be a small horizontal slit of a rear window above the engine-viewing glass dome, flanked by perforated air vents and buttresses that flow into the rear wing.



The roof and greenhouse are all black, which forms an interesting inset-pod like effect of the glass into the rest of the (here, red) body. It almost looks like it could be ejected out if things got too hairy. Almost.
The main side air intake vents are high, above he beltline, and the exhaust tips are quite high as well, above the large rear diffusers and below the narrow rear band that contains the squashed quad taillamps.


The rear also has a twin round flaps of some sort—one is likely for fuel for the big V8 engine, and perhaps one is a plug-in port for the three other electric motors? No one has said if this is to be a plug-in hybrid or not, but, maybe? Word on the street is this hybrid 3.9-liter V8 will put out a combined 970-ish horsepower, perfect for jaunts to the supermarket and back.




The front end is very squinty, and you can see the three-stripe DRLs clearly; this motif also seems to show up at the rear, perhaps as the rear marker lamp.
The front end, especially the air dam and intakes, is much less complex and fussy than the rest of the car, which is interesting, and I like the way the side air intakes are visible, like ears.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the look just yet, but I don’t think I hate it; it’s complicated and a little busy, but striking and exciting, too. The actual reveal is expected to happen later today, so we should be getting better pictures, officially, pretty soon.
Until then, start forming strong opinions!

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