Ferrari F161: Mid-engine V6 supercar spied

Ferrari is getting ready to reveal the start of a new era. It's goodbye V8, hello V6 for entry-level supercars from here.

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Ferrari is getting ready to whip the covers off its new mid-engined supercar – and it’ll be a hybrid V6, not a V8.

The F161 mid-engined supercar will be the first V6-powered Ferrari since the Dino, and will follow in the footsteps of the SF90 by augmenting petrol power with an electric motor.

How much power it will make isn’t yet clear. The petrol engine is expected to be a new 3.0-litre, turbocharged 120-degree V6, and the electric motor is likely to back it up with low-down torque fill.

Initial reports suggest around 30km of pure-electric range is likely from the hybrid setup.

The new V6 powertrain is also expected to feature in the upcoming Purosangue crossover.

We know more about what’s under the skin than the skin itself. Ferrari has gone to great pains to hide the body of its new mid-engine baby, as these photos show.

The headlights are likely to mimic those of the SF90 Stradale, with c-shaped detailing and a low profile.

There’s what appears to be a prominent air intake set high on the rear arches, a trademark of baby Ferrari supercars since the 360, and what we can ascertain of the rear suggests it will blend an F8-style diffuser with a more upright and SF90-ish profile.

The F161 represents the end of an era for Ferrari. Mid-engine supercars from the Prancing Horse have been powered by a bent-eight engine since the 308 launched in 1975.

It was first turbocharged in the 488 GTB, and lives on in the F8 Tributo today.

It’s not yet clear what Ferrari will call its new V6 supercar, and whether it will lean on the Dino’s heritage.

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