According to a new report, Ferrari is currently developing a supercharged engine equipped with an electric turbocharger.

According to a new report, Ferrari is currently developing a supercharged engine equipped with an electric turbocharger.

4WheelsNews is citing sources close to Maranello who are saying Ferrari wants to eliminate turbo lag by introducing a supercharged engine featuring an e-turbo. Details are scarce at the moment but it is believed the engine in question is smaller than Ferrari's V12 motor which will continue to be naturally-aspirated. This new engine is expected to provide lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without compromising power.

Audi will probably be the first automaker to offer an electric turbocharger in a production variant of the RS5 TDI concept. In this application, the e-turbo enables a 3.0-liter V6 TDI twin-turbo to deliver 385 PS (283 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque from just 1,250 rpm. The same hardware configuration will probably power the already confirmed SQ7 set for a 2016 release.

Earlier this month we heard AMG powertrain boss Jochen Martin Schmid saying electric turbochargers are on the agenda but refused to provide additional details.

Lately there have been many rumors about Ferrari's plans for the incoming years, including a M458-T Italia set to come out in 2015 with a 670 bhp twin-turbo V8 engine. There are also talks of a 2016 FF facelift with 700 bhp which will also be offered with a twin-turbo V8 motor. Also in 2016 there should also be a F12 facelift with more power, followed mid-2017 by an all-new California. More interestingly, Ferrari is allegedly plotting an entry-level model with a 500 bhp twin-turbo V6 2.9-liter engine set to come out before 2020.

While these are only rumors, it's a known fact Ferrari is planning turbocharged downsized engines to cut CO2 emissions by 20 percent until 2021. For the same reason, the thirsty NA V12 engine will be offered with hybrid assistance in the years to come.

Note: 2014 Ferrari California T pictured.

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Ferrari planning supercharged engine with electric turbocharger - report