I guess this news was a long time coming. The Italian stallions at Ferrari have announced that they will start equipping their engines with direct injection, providing their supercars with more power while reducing emissions. The first car to receive the direct injection treatment will be the 2009 F430 and then the technology will eventually spread to the rest of their cars, including the 612 and the 599.
The new direct injection engines will raise power by about 10%, but perhaps more notably, they will be able to reduce emissions “by at least 40%”. Another fringe benefit is a significant improvement in fuel economy as well. The direct injection system is being co-developed with Bosch and will be modeled after Audi’s FSI system.
“It’s the same engine from the block down,” said a Ferrari rep, but everything up top is getting an overhaul, including the injection rail, intakes, cylinder heads, valve trains, and throttle bodies.