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Would a new 4 cylinder Ferrari ever happen?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by triXXXter, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. triXXXter

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    I was looking at the Lotus Elise and thinking what if Ferrari made a car to compete price and size wise? Lotus uses Toyota's motor. Ferrari could make a small, light, and high reving 4 cylinder like the one in a S2000 or the Toyota but it would be better. Like chopping the 360's V8 in half. I think it would be an interesting car.

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  3. PSk

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    Do they use Toyota engines now ... used to be Isuzu?

    Would it? ... hmmm, debatable this comment. Would be interesting that is for sure.

    I do not think they will do it as it could be stated that it devalues the brand ... I think it would be a fun car though.

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  4. KennyH

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    (I could be wrong but..) Ferrari would never go down market like that-- if anything they'd release as a Maserati or possibly a 'Dino'...


    PSK- they use a 190hp Toyota Celica engine for the US-bound Elise.
     
  5. bluekawala

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    As much as I love Ferrari's... I don't think they'll come down in the market like this unless they absolutely have too to stay afloat.

    Though it would be an interesting car, and I would love to see Itailans' best compete against the Brits and the Eastern automakers... I don't think Ferrari will build a car in this market. Not that they couldn't compete, we all know thats a hands down answer... just that it isn't Ferrari's style. JMO, I could be wrong but from what I've seen, its what I fore-tell.
     
  6. Auraraptor

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    Never a 4, it would just be a very tiny 6...............again.
     
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  8. KennyH

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    Porsche would come up with a 914 varient before Ferrari came up with another DINO below 75k IMO-- I'd love to see Porsche with a stripped out racer (think Elise) more then Ferrari with a cheap car; they've done enough with laptops, cologne and shoes to screw up their image..
     
  9. prova

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    As Luca di Montezemolo said, they won't produce more than 4000 cars per year. If they produce that kind of (low cost) Ferrari they should produce much more!
     
  10. triXXXter

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    Very true, but Maserati stripped targa racer... not a bad idea. If they could get like 250HP out of about 7500 to 9000rpms. That would have a nice italian touch.
     
  11. Victory

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    Heaven forbids. Ferrari will never build a 4 cylinder car. Never.
     
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  13. KEFLON

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    I don't think so!
     
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    Mmmm....

    Interesting idea...

    What is the going rate for a 1954 all conquering 500 Mondial at the moment?

    Oh sorry... 4-cylinders is seen as DOWNgrading....

    Mmmmm....


    Jack
     
  15. GrigioGuy

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    They already have, back in the 50s.

    I don't believe it would be to Ferrari's benefit to build a f-badged 4 cylinder now. Maybe Maser, but they seem to be positioning that brand as a GT/Luxury rather than a sportscar line.

    If Ferrari acquires Alfa, then that's the place for the small motor, but Alfa already has that in the lineup.

    So, no, I don't see a new 4 cylinder from Ferrari.
     
  16. bostonmini

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    Would never happen. Too much brand damage to see f cars on everyblock, if they cost 40K or whatever. And I just want to yack at the notion of a 4 cylinder ferrari, it would be far to close to RICE!!!
     
  17. Ken

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    Only in the 1991 Elan which wasn't a great sucess for Lotus. All other Lotus' use a lotus head except the S1 and S2 Europas which used a Renault engine.

    I love the new Elise but I wish it had a Lotus head.

    Ferrari won't make a 4 I don't think; I'd be surprised if they even ever made a small 6 again. They would likely use the Maserati brand for anything different like that.

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    Hahahahaaaa, you have got to be kidding. I posted about a V10, and people are complaining about that! That is just a two cylinder difference down from the V12 and up from the V8. What you are suggesting is that they loose a complete V8 from the V12. There is no way that Ferrari will ever remotely go to a four banger any time in the near future, or even distant. Although it is a novel idea.
     
  19. noony

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    Porsche boxster clubsport out 2005 I think? Will be cheaper than standard boxster too. I know it's a flat-6 but still...
     
  20. KennyH

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    I can't wait ! but they should have produced a stripped coupe version and started a challenge-esque series when it first came out. The boxster is said to have better handling then its bigger brother (the Carrera), is 1/2 the price, and with some work can blow it away... It's a shame they didn't focus more on making the car a serious performer.
     
  21. djs308

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    A humble four cylinder: NEVER...unless, perhaps they put on a Quad Turbo to go with it, perhaps as a concept car. It probably would blow up but might be cool to find out what it would do.

    OR, on a more realistic level, how about trying a W design? Maybe a W-8 or W-12, or dare I say, a W-16. Yeah, a W-16 powered Ferrari sounds interesting to me!
     
  22. LAfun2

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    Yeah I hate those "RICE" Mini Coopers too ;)
     
  23. triXXXter

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    A W engine, no no I think that is definitely German territory. That I don't think Ferrari would ever do.
    Oh and please don't get me started on what RICE is. I have seen a few "RICED" Minis.
     
  24. noony

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    I agree, but they would never supersede the flagship 911 with a less expensive boxster. There are RUF kits out there though.

    BTW our (albeit used) Carrera 4 was less than a slightly optioned boxster S ;)
     

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