Rumor has it the Ferrari Dino will be making a comeback.
Having been missing from the marketplace for 40 years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne recently told Autocar that the revival of the Dino nameplate was “not a question of if but when.”
The question is whether the Dino will sit along Ferrari’s current four-car range and be a fifth model in the lineup or if it’ll replace an existing offering from the Italian automaker. Currently, Ferrari has the California T, 488 GTB, F12 and FF. The Dino could be a possible candidate to replace the California T.
Although the California T has opened up the brand to a new customer base, it has never quite been accepted by hardcore Ferrari enthusiasts especially given its front-engine layout. Even so, it’s unlikely that Ferrari would turn away from offering a model that captures a different segment, namely one consisting of consumers looking for a more livable coupe or convertible GT car.
Powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine with around 500 hp, don’t expect Ferrari to price it as an “entry-level” model as Marchionne is adamant that the new Dino must be “done right.” The CEO also added, “We may produce a 500 horsepower Ferrari but it will not be a cheap Ferrari. The brand is unique and needs to be protected. I would 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.”
A revived Dino sporting a 500-hp twin-turbo V6 with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout would give Ferrari a contender against models such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Aston Martin V12 Vantage and even the McLaren 570S.