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Speculation about a so-called "cheap" Ferrari, slotted under the F430, has been circulating for some time and during last week's LA Auto Show, one of the presenters at the Ferrari booth sought to squash those rumblings.

Although he said there isn't going to be a "cheap" Ferrari, AutoExpress has come out with information that confirms that a smaller, less expensive Italian stallion is on its way.

What's being dubbed the 420 Dino will come equipped with a front-mounted, 4.2-liter V8, churning out 480 HP. The body will likely begin as a hardtop, with a targa or cabrio due within the first two years of the Dino's initial launch. However, AutoExpress reports that there's been some infighting between Ferrari and Pininfarina, regarding making the Dino a coupe-cabrio with a folding hardtop option.

Pricing will be set in the £82,000 to £90,000 range and sales are expected to begin in 2010. Ferrari hopes to produce between 3,500 and 5,000 cars annually, with their aim set on would-be buyers of the 911 Turbo and AM V8 Vantage.

Additionally, AutoExpress was able to confirm that this new addition to the Ferrari lineup would allow the F430 to move further upmarket (as if it could), by coming equipped with a new, 5-liter, 550 HP, V10 in 2008, then undergoing a full redesign by 2010.

[Source: AutoExpress]

UPDATE: For the record, we saw this on Winding Road's January issue and when we finally decided to post on it, they're intitial article slipped our mind. The information presented in both the Winding Road article and the AutoExpress piece is, for all intent and purposes, correct. And yes, the pics are photochops.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Whatever #9 - Boxsters are a joke. Have you ever driven one? I'm not in to straight line fast either, but when you can get schooled from stop light to stop light by a V6 powered minivan...
      • 8 Years Ago
      A new mid-engine Ferrari V12 to slot above the F430 actually would be a good idea. The top end V12 GTs are nice, but their designs are boring, and for >$250,000 people want the engine somewhere more interesting than the front.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This doesn't make sense. The name is all wrong. The Dino name was traditionally reserved for mid-engine V6s and V8s, either longitudinal race, or transverse mid-engine. Also, front-engined rides should use unitary displacement nomenclature, right?

      Oh, and the photo looks like a 599 with Elise and Cayman design cues mashed into it.

      • 8 Years Ago
      #7,Ferrari denies that car exists and even if it does we're still years away from SOP. What else do you think those are supposed to be other than PS jobs?
      • 8 Years Ago

      Interesting point based on actual facts no doubt. Please enlighten us, which minivan is it that will run a sub 5.8 second 0-60 time?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I see a Cayman and a 599 GTB fathered a child. An overpriced one at that. Screams "PHOTOSHOP."
      • 8 Years Ago
      As much as I hate to say it, and hopefully it's just this picture, but:

      All I think of is the 1st Gen Tiburon.

      • 8 Years Ago
      so i'm guessing the information about the f430 is false too? would've been cool to see a v10 in that thing.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Silly Photoshoppers:) Well at least the 'chopper has skills... He fooled me for about 5 minutes.
      • 8 Years Ago

      That's couple people that drive real sports cars like the Boxster, aren't interested in drag racing whatever you drive at the lights. It isn't 1950 anymore and real performance cars can do more than just go fast in a straight line.

      On another note...Great move by Ferrari in greenlighting this car. Opens up the previously unattainable brand to a whole new marketplace.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really like it, has a retro look to it. The shape reminds me of the cayman.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So the 'it looks like a ..' game has begun!

      My turn: it looks like a Cayman with a touch of the previous generation Eclipse.
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