Ferrari has stated emphatically that it will never build a four-door model, even though rivals like Aston Martin and Porsche have done so. In fact, there has also been a prevalence of late of sports car manufacturers expanding their model ranges with some not-so-sporty models, sparked mostly by Porsche's success with the Cayenne SUV and more recently with the Panamera.

Even arch-rival Lamborghini has revealed a four-door-sedan concept in the form of the ultra-cool Estoque, though there’s been no solid word on production from the automaker.

But while luxury sports car marques are expanding their segment coverage in order to squeeze as much profit as they can out of the ailing car market, Ferrari remains resolute in its conviction to never build a four-door.

“As Enzo would say, we will never do four doors,” Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa revealed to the guys at Autocar. “And we will keep this tradition.”

Talk of four-door Ferraris aside, the Ferrari boss did give justification for the automaker’s plans to introduce fuel saving technologies such as hybrid and engine stop-start capability. “Hybrid was forced on us by regulation, there is no regulation forcing us to do four doors,” Felisa explained.

[Autocar]