Ferrari is planning a small increase in production for 2018, upping it 7 percent to 9,000 cars per year, according to Bloomberg. That’s an increase of about 600 cars compared to what Ferrari has delivered and will deliver this year.
The original production plan was to hit the 9,000 per year mark in 2019, but unnamed sources familiar with the matter claim this goal has been moved up a year. A modest increase won’t do any damage to the exclusivity of the brand, but it does bring the Italian supercar company closer to having to deal with tougher fuel economy rules. CEO Sergio Marchionne’s plan for the future includes a Ferrari SUV, which will necessitate a huge boost in production.
There’s always a long waitlist to get your hands on a new Ferrari, and we don’t believe that will change much with the introduction of a few hundred more cars into the mix. It’s not certain what models Ferrari will be using to bolster production with, but rumors of a hardcore and further track-focused 488 have been making the rounds this week. Ferrari needs something to close the gap between it and McLaren’s 720S, and this car could be the one.
Ferrari is planning on doubling the number of shifts at its fabled Maranello plant to make the increase possible. Don’t fear for seeing prancing horses on every block just yet though. We’ll have to wait for Ferrari’s response to the Lamborghini Urus crossover for any kind of Ferrari to become “mainstream.” AUTOWEEK