In the late 1960s, Ferrari created an “affordable” (and never did we use quotation marks more justly) lineup of cars, ones that would have been equal to the specimens like the Porsche 911, and the Dino name– which honored Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari– was born. The idea behind this was that the Dino name would be utilized on non-V-12-powered cars, while the V-12 designs would continue under the Ferrari brand. From 1968 to 1976, Ferrari released several different “Dino” designs, consisting but not limited to Dino 206 GT, Dino 246 GT and GTS, and the Dino 308 GT4 2 +2. In 1976, the Dino name was abandoned in favor of the more famous Ferrari name. Recently we had more rumors surfacing that the Dino would make a return. Ferrari Dino
Ferrari Dino Review
Where is smoke there is a fire and in mid-2015, Sergio Marchionne said that Ferrari would revive the brand – and the question wasn’t anymore IF but WHEN it would be introduced. It’s been a long time coming, and we’ve seen something that could be a 458-mule screening back in late 2015, but ever since no news or even rumors surfaced. Up until today, that is, when we got our hands on a brand-new set of spy photos that might be the V-6 powered Dino the enthusiasts were holding their breath for.
Like the mule we saw in late 2015, this mule is based upon the 458 as well, but it’s sporting a hint or two towards this being the genuine McCoy. As such, the photos you see here might be the evidence we’ve been eagerly waiting for. Is the Dino program back on track after going cold more than a year ago? Well, let’s find out.
Ferrari Dino Mule
When you take a look at the front end of this mule, there’s absolutely nothing at all that actually sets it apart from the 458– same headlights on the front hood and obviously the exact same trim in the vents of the lower fascia. However, as you can see from the compared images above, on the rear quarters there are an air intakes that the standard 458 Italia does not have. As such, the rear quarters sit a little taller and are flared more on top near the door.
The door is also not quite the same, with that distinct body line that starts below the mirror dropping a little lower to satisfy the lower point of the brand-new air intake. So, why would a 458 have these strange air intakes in the rear quarters? Well, we think this is because we are not looking at 458 but at the new “Dino”. Additionally adding to the speculation is also a different exhaust setup in the back. So, adding these both information points towards Dino program being back on track, but there is one additional tidbit of information. Ferrari Dino
Beside these images, we also managed to get the information stating the car just didn’t sound like a V-8 but that the exhaust note sounded more like a V-6, possibly a Ferrari version of the 2.9-liter V-6 that can be found in a few of the brand-new Alfa Romeo cars, including but not limited to the Giulia Qaudrifoglio. For the record, the 458 Italia was powered by a 4.5-liter V-8 with 570 hp and 398 pound-feet of torque.
And, if you’ve ever heard one of these roaring, you will know that the exhaust note is quite distinct. If the engine under the rear deck of this mule is a variation of Alfa’s 2.9-liter V-6, it will likely be tuned to provide a bit more than the 510 horse power and 442 pound-feet that’s on tap in the Giulia Quadrifoglio. With the California producing 552 horse power, the brand-new Dino might provide someplace around 530.
So, now you know what we know. We truly hope that Ferrari does have the Dino program back on track, but nothing is certain or confirmed for the time being. We will simply need to wait and see, as hard as that might be. What are your thoughts on these spy shots? Do you thing these are evidence enough of an upcoming Dino or are we jumping to the conclusions?
According to topspeed