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There is a lot of internet buzz over the announced Ferrari 599 Hybrid that has been announced and will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show.
The folks over at Jalopnik consider the upcoming car “blasphemy.” The very idea of a hybrid drivetrain in a car from Maranello has got car enthusiasts’ hackles raised.
While hybrid technologies are known publicly for their fuel-sipping, green image, it is rarely observed that they can deliver more performance for slightly less fuel consumption.
Look at one rear wheel drive hybrid car that is touted for their performance: The Lexus GS450h.
According to High Gear Media’s home site, The Car Connection, the GS450h makes 339 horsepower when the electric motor and direct injection 3.5 V-6 are combined. Just 3 horsepower shy of the V-8 powered GS460.
This allows the car to accelerate from 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, according to Lexus. This is 0.2 seconds quicker than the GS460.
So there is a slight difference in acceleration times. For that increase in performance, the GS450h gets 22 mpg in the city, compared to the GS460’s 17 mpg. However the hybrid only gets 1 gallon better than the GS460’s highway mileage, 25 mpg to 24 mpg respectfully.
But this is to prove a point, the GS450h is not an extreme green machine, the hybrid system just gives the car better mileage and slightly better performance.
And it’s boring ol’ Lexus, who makes luxury appliances to go from point a to b. Ferrari is in a fire-breathing supercar maker.
If the GS450h was good, the Ferrari 599 hybrid is going to be phenomenal.