The iconic Dino series from FERRARI is set to make a comeback, according to the automaker’s recently appointed chairman.
The original Dino 206 GT and its successors, the 246 GT coupe and GTS targa are among the most cherished and collectible of Ferrari classics.
The original Dino debuted in 1968 and was a revolutionary Ferrari in a number of ways. Firstly, it was ‘affordable’ in supercar terms at least. It was mid-engine and as a result its handling surgical, and that engine was a 2-liter V6, not a V12. It was the first Ferrari built for the road, not the track, looked beautiful thanks to Pininfarina’s flowing curves. And lastly, it was called ‘Dino’ in honor of Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari.
There is not a single ‘Ferrari’ badge or reference anywhere on the car. The name ‘Dino’ was chosen because during his short life, (Dino died, aged 24 in 1956 form muscular dystrophy) he had pestered his father about developing a V6.
Ferrari’s new chairman, Sergio Marchionne, has stressed that the new Dino isn’t simply a stroll down an automotive memory line, nor is it a cynical attempt to increase sales volumes without diluting the core Ferrari brand.
The car will have a mid-mounted V6, like the original, however it will get two turbochargers and be capable of outputting more than 500bhp.