Ferrari Dino to return as V6-engined sports car
Source : Ferrari Dino to return as V6-engined sports car
Dramatic return for the Dino name as Ferrari plans a brand new £150,000, mid-engined sports car
The iconic Ferrari Dino can be set for a sensational comeback to the Prancing Horse’s range, most likely as a brand 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 that will the revival of the Dino name was “not a question of if however when”.
One of Ferrari’s most iconic names, Dino was used on V6 as well as V8-powered designs from the 1960s as well as 70s as Ferrari sought to make more affordable however no less desirable cars under a brand new sub-brand, as well as push up volumes.
However, while plans are right now afoot inside the company to see a return for the Dino name as well as V6 engines, such a style should not be seen as following historical precedent in what the item 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 however the item will not be a cheap Ferrari,” he said. “The brand can be unique as well as needs to be protected. I might 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 brand new Dino will sit in currently four-strong Ferrari range alongside the California T, 488 GTB, F12 as well as FF. One option could be as a radically different replacement for the California T coupe-convertible, which can be due in 2018.
The California T, as critically as well as commercially well received as the item has been, has never quite had the extra layer of sporting pretence, desirability as well as resonance with aficionados as the greatest Ferraris.
that will said, the California T has opened up Ferrari to a brand new customer base, those looking for a more livable coupe-convertible GT car, as well as the profitable segment can be one the item can be unlikely to want to turn its back on.
The Dino can be therefore most likely to join the range as a fifth style line, being a truly sporting, mid-engined style sat in parallel to the California T, giving customers the option of a more traditional Ferrari sporting experience at the same cost point.
however 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 that will’s mid-engined, unlike the front-engined California T.
A front-engined Dino might be at odds with Marchionne’s acknowledgement that will the brand new Dino must be ‘done right’. “You’re right,” he said, “which can be why the item can be so important to get the item right. as well as the item might be a wrong association to make Dino just a cheaper Ferrari.”
Such a style might 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 brand new Dino being anything however a cheaper, entry-level Ferrari, the brand new style might still command a cost tag of around £150,000, the same as the California T, although that will figure can be more likely to be higher than £150,000 than lower.
While details of the automobile’s exact make up are scarce at present, all the signals coming coming from Ferrari point to the item being powered by a V6 engine.
Ferrari has long been from the process of producing its engines more efficient, adopting stop-start systems as well as turbocharging on the California T as well as 488 GTB, as well as even downsizing the engine from the case of the 488 GTB.
The brand new supercar features a twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 engine in place of the normally aspirated 4.5-litre V8 coming from the 458 Italia, which can be both significantly more powerful as well as has greatly reduced CO2 emissions.
Marchionne said that will 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 as well as even more efficient V6 engines can be the next logical step for Ferrari, not least because the item will soon be spun off as a separate company away coming from FCA as well as can no longer rely on its place from 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 as well as with the spin off Ferrari will be an independent company as well as cannot use the FCA fleet average,” said Marchionne. “On top of that will credits [where a company can buy their way out of building zero emission vehicles] cannot be bought in Europe as well as China however only in US. Saying that will the item can be clear that will we are not the problem with 7000 cars per year, however we have to respect the legislation.”
A twin-turbocharged V6 engine might significantly help reduce Ferrari’s CO2 emissions on its current annual production volumes of 7000 units, not least because the Dino might make up a larger proportion of sales than the different designs, naturally bringing the average down. However, whether or not Ferrari’s production volumes stay at 7000 units after the Dino’s introduction can be another matter.
While being super-efficient, the brand new Ferrari V6 engine might certainly not want for performance. Marchionne’s hint at a 500hp (493bhp) output might see the item match the 911 GT3 RS for power, as well as make a 0-62mph time of sub-3.5sec as well as a top speed close to 200mph achievable.
Such a car might develop the added advantage of allowing Ferrari to play from the growing ranks of junior supercars populated by the likes of the 911 GT3 RS as well as Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, as well as the forthcoming Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series as well as McLaren 570S, albeit with the cost as well as prestige premium that will comes having a Ferrari.
Dino – what’s in a name?
Alfredo ‘Dino’ Ferrari was Enzo Ferrari’s elder son. He was born in 1932 however tragically died aged just 24 coming from muscular dystrophy.
He can be credited with being the inspiration for the series of V6 engines that will might power Ferrari F1 as well as sports racing cars such as Mike Hawthorn’s 1958 F1 World Championship winner as well as 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 automobile had a claimed 180bhp however 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 coming from a 246 can be that will the former had an exposed fuel filler as well as centre-lock ‘knock-on’ wheels.
Neither style 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 as well as though some early cars were badged as Dinos, by 1976 all were being sold as pure Ferraris as well as the Dino brand fell into disuse.
Dino Ferraris are massively sought after today as well as considered among the most desirable of Ferrari road cars today despite performance that will, by modern standards, can be decidedly modest.
Beautiful to look at, even better to listen to as well as possessed with the most exquisite handling, over 40 years after its death, the 246GT could still provides a guiding light for an all brand new generation of modern Dinos.
Additional reporting by Mark Tisshaw
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