Return of the legend, Executive Director of FCA Group, Sergio Marchionne, has officially confirmed that the new Ferrari Dino see the light of day.
After making its debut in 1968, the Ferrari Dino is said to make a comeback in the near future. The expected release date is still unknown, but there have been some rumours containing vital specifications making their rounds, giving us just enough of a tease to make the resurrected Dino sound extremely appealing.
Ferrari Dino was produced from 1968 to 1976, named to honor Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari’s son and heir Dino Ferrari. Dino models used Ferrari racing naming designation of displacement and cylinder count with two digits for the size of the engine in deciliters and the third digit to represent the number of cylinders, i.e. 246 being a 2.4-litre 6-cylinder and 308 being a 3.0-litre 8-cylinder.
Dino 206 GT (1968-1969) had 2.0 liter V6 engine with 178 hp mated to a manual 5 speed manual transmission.
Dino 246 GT and GTS (1969–1974) had 2.4 liter V6 engine with 192 hp mated to a manual 5 speed manual transmission.
Dino 308 GT4 2+2 (1973–1976) had 3.0 liter V8 engine with 250 hp, 1976-1980 was produced as the Ferrari Dino.
It seems as though the news of the return of the Dino is being kept as sensational as possible, so there is not too much information on the actual design of the interior and exterior of the sports car is available.
Exterior of new Ferrari Dino
As with any modern day Ferrari, one can expect nothing but the best in terms of design. The car is said to be a mid-engined, two seater super car, which will be a “baby brother” to the Ferrari 488. Being a Ferrari, only the most beautifully sleek bodywork, fitted with the highest quality alloy wheels and tires can be expected.
The interior of the car should not be equipped with less than the finest quality genuine leather, the latest entertainment and sound system, and the most advanced driver information system.
Unlike the original Dino, the new car will not be a sub-brand of Ferrari, but a complete addition to the Ferrari model range. Originally, the Dino was created to fill a lower price gap, while being able to compete with the Porsche 911, but at the same time, not taint the name that Ferrari had built for itself by being a “cheaper” car.
It has been mentioned that the new Dino will feature a V6 engine, and whether it will be naturally aspirated or turbocharged is still a mystery. The power figure range that Ferrari is aiming for is around 375kW (502hp) but with no mention of the torque figures.
Due to the Dino being a smaller car, with a smaller engine, having better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions would seem to be a key point in the overall creation of the super car. With all the facts in place, it is easy to assume that this will be an “entry-level” Ferrari, but Marchionne has stressed that it should not be considered entry level, as it will proudly carry the Ferrari badge.
The new Ferrari Dino is estimated to be priced at around $200 000,00 (around the same retail price of the Ferrari California.)
All in all, with the specifications that have been mentioned thus far, the new Ferrari Dino promises to be a super car that will not disappoint even the most avid Ferrari enthusiast.