Ferrari Dino Mule Spotted Testing

New spy photos of a Ferrari 458 mule are hinting at the return of the Dino. 

Our spy photographers are reporting that as the car passed them by, the tone coming from the engine sounded very close to that of the turbocharged Ferrari-built V6 from the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV, rather than the larger turbo V8 found in the new 488.

That leads us to believe that this car is actually a mule for the revived Ferrari Dino, which will be a small 500-hp mid-engine sports car that will compete with the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Aston Martin Vantage V12 and the McLaren 570S. It will likely be the cheapest car in Ferrari’s lineup, but don’t expect a bargain. “We may produce a 500 horsepower Ferrari but it will not be a cheap Ferrari,” Sergio Marchionne, FCA CEO, previously said in an interview.

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Larger air intakes are also seen on this mule, to make sure the small force fed engine can properly breathe, while the exhaust pipes don’t quite make it all the way to the back of the body, likely because this powertrain is meant for a shorter car.

If this is the Dino, full body prototypes should start appearing on the streets in the next year.

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