• Oct 6, 2006
What we wouldn't give to have a somewhat more affordable new Ferrari available in dealerships today. Something at maybe half the current price of an F430. Something that can get by with only 300 hp. Something that is lighter and more nimble but still has the style and visceral appeal of the legendary marque from Maranello. Something like a modern day Ferrari Dino. Mid-engine, smaller high-revving V-8, sexy bodywork. We've speculated a bit about it in the past and have offered up reasons why Ferrari should build it, even suggested platforms and design parameters, but so far no response from Luca.

(additional info and an alternative design concept after the jump)

[Source: AutoBild via Motor Authority]
Although we have heard the project is dead (if it was ever indeed being seriously considered), it never hurts to dream. And rumors persist. The latest AutoBild, in fact, has a cover illustration of a possible direction this project might head if it indeed gets greenlighted. Looks more like a BMW Z4 or scaled down 599 than what we might have hoped for, but anything new on this front is a good sign.

This particular rendering looks to be a front-engined 2 seater, likely with a folding metal roof, but a mid-engine platform to go up against the Boxster/Cayman and Elise/Exige would be more to our liking. Although the AutoBild shot isn't particularly beautiful, a front-engined Dino could work, and might be possible on the Alfa 8C platform as well. And if that beauty doesn't stir your soul, I hate to break it to you, but you are dead my friend.

Likely based on the new 8C/Maserati Coupe platform, the 4.2 liter V-8 would be the most logical powerplant, but a high-revving new V-6 might find its way into the engine bay as well. Nice, but we'd still prefer something closer to what Dutch designer Michiel van den Brink has offered. He is the designer who recently brought us the GTO concept based on either a Maranello or Fiorano platform, that we drooled over a week or so ago.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      The red one is plain ugly and doesn't look like a ferrari at all.If the Dino ends up looking like that they'd be better off keeping the current range unchanged.
      Ferrari doesn't reveal any of its models until the very last minute so any picture that you'll see until then will come from the imagination of a journalist fantasizing behind a pc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 got it right, FERRARI repeatedly said they not move down market, why would they, to sabotage 430 sales. #7 got it wrong NO FLAT 6 in the TESTAROSSA it was a FLAT 12.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If ferrari goes downmarket it will be suicidal. Ferrari is not aston martin. Aston martin was a shit brand making shit cars so it had to go downmarket with AMV8 vantage to increase sales.

      Instead Ferrari should abandon the V8 market altogether and focus exclusively on V10 and V12 which still has room, is not overcrowded and fits the ferrari brand.

      The market for V8 and 6-cyl sports cars is very very crowded and cut-throat with benz, bmw, audi, porsche, aston, and in future, lexus, acura and infiniti, and cadillac, corvette, chrysler, even ford.

      Even though some of the brands like ford compete in totally different price range and and cater to different type of buyer it still matters because new customers and beginner enthusiasts would question these things in their minds and hearts if not publicly.

      • 8 Years Ago
      #21 is an idiot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #27 "It would be beautifulst if Ferrari constructed also one sport that goes to cover a currently covered segment more low than that one from F430. The sales of beyond 15% would be increased. Therefore greater gain, greater investments on research and development; technician and stilistico! You go Ferrari, MYTHICAL!!!"

      -I disagree, Ferrari already spreads R&D costs with Alfa Romeo and Maserati. If they want to go for volume they should use those brands. The red car would probably make them a lot more money, because of volume, as a $40-$50K Alfa Romeo than as a brand dilluting $100K Ferrari.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, the project aint killed. No, just received news that the dino will come into production in 2009. It's cheap, and sexy. And it will be the first front engined V8 ferrari in 50 years. If you don't beleive me, go to www.automobilemag.com.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The red does look better. This car should weigh around 2800 lbs. It must have a V6 I agree. NSX had a v6 and went 0-60 in 4.8 secs. An advanced V6 here should put the time at 4.3 seconds
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is great. Im drooling.
      I sooooo want a good engine to round out the package.
      That a wiered engine you designed there #3 but its workable I think.
      Also, red all the way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think low-end Ferrari = Maserati now, doesn't it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      make it Red. Make it high revving high feature V6. Let Ferrari showcase the limit of its technology. 36 Valves?? sure. Sounds good. Make a redline of 10,000 RPM. Not hard to doo. Forula one is 18,000. There is 8,000 room to make it reliable and pass emmisions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope its a hightech V6 like the Dino was at the time.
      Ferrari use my example:

      2.0 liter V6 TOHC 36 valve 294hp@8700 176lb-ft @ 6000

      TOHC means tripple over head cam. 36 valves means 1 cam handles 2 valves. Now thats an engine!
      • 8 Years Ago
      DINO SHOULD BE NO GO:

      WITH SO MUCH INCREDIBLY HOT IRON NOW POISED TO ENTER THE MARKETPLACE, THE POOR MAN'S FERRARI WOULD BE LITTLE MORE THAN AN EASY VICTIM FOR EVERYTHING FROM THE CURRENT SHELBY GT500, THE SOON TO APPEAR NSX, THE DODGE CHALLENGER, THE NISSAN GTR, THE NEW CAMARO..., THE CORVETTE, THE 2008 SUBARU WRX... NEED I SAY MORE? HELL, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CROSSOVERS THAT COULD BLOW THE NEW DINO INTO THE WEEDS. THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW MODEL LIKE THAT WOULD ONLY SERVE TO CHEAPEN THE FERARRI BRAND. IN A WORD, NO. I'M DAN SMITH
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