Back in 2014, Ferrari upset some purists when they first introduced their new twin-turbocharged V8 engine in the California T. That engine would eventually make it's way into the 458 Italia's successor, the 488, and the GTC4Lusso T; thus effectively killing off the last naturally aspirated V8 in Ferrari's lineup. Now, it seems as though the Italian automaker is looking to upset more purists with a hybrid V8 engine.

In an interview with Auto Express, Ferrari Boss Sergio Marchionne said “A Ferrari V8 hybrid is coming for 2019. The test mules are around now." Unsurprisingly, no power outputs or efficiency figures have been mentioned for now. That said, it will be the first time a production model Ferrari will use a hybrid system after first being introduced in the highly limited LaFerrari and LaFerrari Aperta.

Unlike the LaFerrari's hybrid system however, Marchione says that the new powertrain needs to 'become more of a traditional hybrid to fullfill a different role'. In review, the LaFerrari used a Formula 1 Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to boost performance rather than increase efficiency. As such, a more traditional hybrid could mean that Ferrari will use a plug-in hybrid system on the vehicle.

Marchionne also did not mention as which vehicle in Ferrari's line up will use the new hybrid powertrain. The timing of its release suggests that it could be used in the brand's upcoming SUV, which is also slated to debut in 2019.

Source: Auto Express