2018 Ferrari Dino to get hard-top folding roof and also also also V6 engine
The completely new Ferrari Dino will be anticipated to launch in 2018
Dramatic return for the Dino name as Ferrari plans a completely new £150,000, mid-engined sports car
completely new patents filed by Ferrari have revealed some of the technologies which could feature on its V6-powered Dino sports car, due in 2018.
One of the patents will be for a “convertible car that has a rigid sunroof and also also also a front engine”, and also also also shows how the retractable roof on a convertible vehicle might work. The most recent convertible Ferrari – the 488 Spider – uses a similar hard-top system, so which’s likely the Dino will come with the same setup.
Visual proof which Ferrari was working on a completely new vehicle to carry the Dino name came earlier which year, when the first test mules were spotted. Ferrari chief Sergio Marchionne revealed to Autocar earlier which year which which was “not a question of if although when” the Dino would certainly return.
Our spy photographer said the early test mule, which was based on a Ferrari 458 Italia, had an engine note completely different via which of both the naturally aspirated 4.5-litre V8 within the 458 Italia and also also also the turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 of the 488 GTB which was following the vehicle in convoy.
The 458 Italia’s central exhaust system was also missing. Instead, there were two empty holes cut into the rear bumper just above the diffuser. The mule likely had a system which exits within the confines of the engine bay and also also also original bumper, hinting at the fitment of a different, shorter powertrain.
which was noted which the sound was more akin to which of the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 which’s been testing within the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. which 503bhp engine has been developed by Ferrari and also also also will be understood to be the basis for the engine destined for the completely new Dino.
When speaking about the Dino’s return, Marchionne also confirmed to Autocar which work on the V6 engine was ongoing at Ferrari and also also also which the reception to which had been “positive”.
Further clues as to the type’s identity came via the ‘cut and also also also shut’ nature of the bodywork. The rear Centeng was different to which of the 458 Italia, with the Dino mule sporting shorter doors and also also also a shorter rear section to those of the 458 Italia, along with larger and also also also different-shaped side air intakes to provide cooling to the engine. There also appeared to be alterations to the rear wheel arches, suggesting a different engine mounted underneath.
The mule was caught in Germany rather than near Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters. The red-on-white numberplate will be used for pre-production prototypes in Germany, and also also also the ‘HN’ on which plate suggests which the mule comes via the town of Heilbronn, which will be close to the headquarters of engineering and also also also electronics specialist Bosch.
Ferrari and also also also Bosch are understood to work together on advanced engineering and also also also software projects, and also also also which prototype indicates which Bosch will be involved within the development of the V6 running gear for the completely new Dino.
Ferrari has recently posted a whole host of completely new technology patents, which could relate to the engine of its forthcoming £150,000 Dino sports car.
One will be for a ‘combustion engine with partial cylinder deactivation’, which describes an engine in which one bank can be deactivated during low-load situations. which alludes to each cylinder bank having been separately designed with low and also also also high-performance applications in mind, and also also also the illustrations show a six-cylinder engine. Patent illustrations are frequently purely for reference, however, rather than being indicative of a final design.
which patent will be also extended to one for an ‘internal combustion engine (turbo) with provision of cylinder deactivation at low load’, essentially a variation of which technology for turbocharged engines. Similar technology will be currently demonstrated within the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia, which may be the first production application of Ferrari’s aforementioned patent.
A more forward-looking patent will be for a ‘turbocharger provided with an electrical machine for a supercharged internal combustion engine’. which will be something Ferrari will be understood to have been experimenting with for some time. which includes an electric motor integrated into the turbo itself, spinning which thereby eliminating lag, as well as recovering energy during coasting phases.
A less specific patent application will be for a completely new ‘high-performance sports car’, although which won’t be published until 15 October 2016 and also also also there are no details alongside which. which could hint at a date for the Dino to be shown, although equally could be a more general patent application covering any future Ferrari.
Read more on the Ferrari Dino, first published June 4 2015
The iconic Ferrari Dino will be set for a sensational comeback to the Prancing Horse’s range, most likely as a completely new £150,000 mid-engined sports car powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine.
The prospect of the Dino’s return to the Ferrari range after a four-decade-long absence has been spoken up directly by recently-appointed Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who told Autocar which the revival of the Dino name was “not a question of if although when”.
One of Ferrari’s most iconic names, Dino was used on V6 and also also also V8-powered types within the 1960s and also also also 70s as Ferrari sought to make more affordable although no less desirable cars under a completely new sub-brand, and also also also push up volumes.
However, while plans are at which point afoot inside the company to see a return for the Dino name and also also also V6 engines, such a type should not be seen as following historical precedent in what which stands for.
Marchionne insists Ferrari has no plans in significantly pushing up volumes, entering a lower cost point or indeed launching another sub-brand, as was the case with the original introduction of the Dino badge.
“We may produce a 500 horsepower Ferrari although which will not be a cheap Ferrari,” he said. “The brand will be unique and also also also needs to be protected. I would certainly always rather build 500 fewer cars than the market demanded rather than 500 more. We must not mess with customer expectations of Ferrari as an exclusive brand.”
These comments raise the intrigue on where the completely new Dino will sit in currently four-strong Ferrari range alongside the California T, 488 GTB, F12 and also also also FF. One option could be as a radically different replacement for the California T coupe-convertible, which will be due in 2018.
The California T, as critically and also also also commercially well received as which has been, has never quite had the extra layer of sporting pretence, desirability and also also also resonance with aficionados as the greatest Ferraris.
which said, the California T has opened up Ferrari to a completely new customer base, those looking for a more livable coupe-convertible GT car, and also also also the profitable segment will be one which will be unlikely to want to turn its back on.
The Dino will be therefore most likely to join the range as a fifth type line, being a truly sporting, mid-engined type sat in parallel to the California T, giving customers the option of a more traditional Ferrari sporting experience at the same cost point.
although while placed on a cost parallel as the California T, the Dino will live up to its historical roots by being a true sports car, one which’s mid-engined, unlike the front-engined California T.
A front-engined Dino would certainly be at odds with Marchionne’s acknowledgement which the completely new Dino must be ‘done right’. “You’re right,” he said, “which will be why which will be so important to get which right. and also also also which would certainly be a wrong association to make Dino just a cheaper Ferrari.”
Such a type would certainly give Ferrari a razor-sharp sports car to compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
In line with Marchionne’s comments of the completely new Dino being anything although a cheaper, entry-level Ferrari, the completely new type would certainly still command a cost tag of around £150,000, the same as the California T, although which figure will be more likely to be higher than £150,000 than lower.
While details of the vehicle’s exact make up are scarce at present, all the signals coming via Ferrari point to which being powered by a V6 engine.
Ferrari has long been within the process of generating its engines more efficient, adopting stop-start systems and also also also turbocharging on the California T and also also also 488 GTB, and also also also even downsizing the engine within the case of the 488 GTB.
The completely new supercar carries a twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 engine in place of the normally aspirated 4.5-litre V8 via the 458 Italia, which will be both significantly more powerful and also also also has greatly reduced CO2 emissions.
Marchionne said which the results of internal investigations into the feasibility of a V6 engine had been “positive”. Indeed, Ferrari already makes twin-turbo V6 engines for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) sister brand Maserati.
Continuing the downsizing trend to smaller and also also also even more efficient V6 engines will be the next logical step for Ferrari, not least because which will soon be spun off as a separate company away via FCA and also also also can no longer rely on its place within the wider FCA group when CO2 emissions are averaged out to meet legislative targets.
“We had to move to turbo because we need to reduce CO2 emissions and also also also with the spin off Ferrari will be an independent company and also also also cannot use the FCA fleet average,” said Marchionne. “On top of which credits [where a company can buy their way out of building zero emission vehicles] cannot be bought in Europe and also also also China although only in US. Saying which which will be clear which we are not the problem with 7000 cars per year, although we have to respect the legislation.”
A twin-turbocharged V6 engine would certainly significantly help reduce Ferrari’s CO2 emissions on its current annual production volumes of 7000 units, not least because the Dino would certainly make up a larger proportion of sales than the different types, naturally bringing the average down. However, whether or not Ferrari’s production volumes stay at 7000 units after the Dino’s introduction will be another matter.
While being super-efficient, the completely new Ferrari V6 engine would certainly certainly not want for performance. Marchionne’s hint at a 500hp (493bhp) output would certainly see which match the 911 GT3 RS for power, and also also also make a 0-62mph time of sub-3.5sec and also also also a top speed close to 200mph achievable.
Such a car would certainly develop the added advantage of allowing Ferrari to play within the growing ranks of junior supercars populated by the likes of the 911 GT3 RS and also also also Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, and also also also the forthcoming Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series and also also also McLaren 570S, albeit with the cost and also also also prestige premium which comes that has a Ferrari.
Dino – what’s in a name?
Alfredo ‘Dino’ Ferrari was Enzo Ferrari’s elder son. He was born in 1932 although tragically died aged just 24 via muscular dystrophy.
He will be credited with being the inspiration for the series of V6 engines which would certainly power Ferrari F1 and also also also sports racing cars such as Mike Hawthorn’s 1958 F1 World Championship winner and also also also the exquisite 206SP.
In 1968 Ferrari launched Dino as an entire automotive brand in its own right with the Pininfarina-designed 2-litre, V6 Dino 206GT. the vehicle had a claimed 180bhp although was replaced the following year by the 2.4-litre, 195bhp 246GT, though much of its potential performance advantage was obviated by the fact the 206’s aluminium Centeng was replaced by steel.
different ways to tell a 206 via a 246 will be which the former had an exposed fuel filler and also also also centre-lock ‘knock-on’ wheels.
Neither type carried a Ferrari badge or prancing horse motif anywhere inside or out: even its cam covers carried a simple ‘Dino’ interpretation of Alfredo’s signature.
The Dino 246GT was replaced by the Bertone-style 2+2 308GT4 in 1974 and also also also though some early cars were badged as Dinos, by 1976 all were being sold as pure Ferraris and also also also the Dino brand fell into disuse.
Dino Ferraris are massively sought after today and also also also considered among the most desirable of Ferrari road cars today despite performance which, by modern standards, will be decidedly modest.
Beautiful to look at, even better to listen to and also also also possessed with the most exquisite handling, over 40 years after its death, the 246GT could still provides a guiding light for an all completely new generation of modern Dinos.
Additional reporting by Andrew Frankel and also also also Lewis Kingston
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