• Jun 21st 2007 at 12:29PM
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The on again off again entry-level Ferrari is back in the headlines, this time rumored to be making a showing at September's Frankfurt Auto Show, which is shaping up to be one of the hottest shows for sports car fans. German magazine AutoZeitung is betting that a new model to be called the Dino will be on display, a car designed to rival the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

The Dino will likely feature a 400-hp mid-mounted V8 engine fed with cold air via two large inlets on the rear fenders. Top speed should be in excess of 185 mph with the 0-62 mph taking roughly four seconds. Additional features would be an F1-style gearbox, carbon-fiber brakes and a lightweight composite body. Adding to the speculation, Ferrari could also reveal the upcoming F430 Challenge Stradale in Frankfurt, as hinted by its Chairman Luca di Montezemolo earlier in the year.

In response, arch rival Lamborghini may unveil its own entry-level model with a new Gallardo V8 that was spotted recently by spy photographers circling the Nurburgring, as well as a Murciélago Superleggera seen in recent spy shots. In all, there's reported to be up to 22 different sports cars at the Frankfurt show, so if you're a car nut you better start saving those euros and taking German classes.

[Source: Auto Zeitung]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Entry Level and Ferrari just are not two terms that go together.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ferrari will never go below $100k. where they are now, they have no competition, nothing comes close to the driving experience of a modern ferrari. if they go to low, what happens when the $90k lotus fighter is no better than a lotus. what happens when the cayman fighter is no better than the cayman? it would do irreperable damage to the brand. better to stay exclusive.

      they would to wise to not attempt to compete with anyone. stay above everyone and delivere the best driving experience in the world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope that Ferrari creates a new Dino. If they should, perhaps they might study the concept drawn by Mark Stehrenberger for Motor Trend:



      This is the best looking update of the 246 Dino that I've ever seen. And if they should follow with a Spyder version, look out F430!

      • 8 Years Ago
      the engine is going to be in the front, not the rear/mid. its going to cost significantly more than a 911. probably around $120k
        • 8 Years Ago
        You do know that the BASE price of a Porsche 911 turbo is ~$123,000, right? Price as tested is much higher than that if you want any of the very expensive options. For example: carbon-ceramic brakes ($8840), optional adaptive bucket seats ($1145), leather package ($430), metallic paint ($2380), Sport Chrono package ($1840), etc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm with Steve C about the Lotus dream. To have a compact mid-engine Ferrari with a curb weight under 2,600 lbs. would be perfect...perfect as long as it didn't look like the F430 or the 612. The 911 benchmark is used broadly to target the same exotic car audience that would buy a Carrera. The Vantage costs $110,000, and the R8 is estimated to be around the same. The sad thing about this is that if Ferrari does build a lightweight $120,000 car, dealers will tack on $50,000 and droves of Hollywoood poseurs and spoiled Beverly Hills bimbos will suck it up as they do the F430.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "designed to rival the Porsche 911..."

      ...in price too, perhaps?
        • 8 Years Ago
        I'm still confused too, why would ferrari go after porsche and audi (the r8 is now a part of the 911 vocabulary as a natural competitor). The amount of billionaires in the world just keep increasing, and with all the merchandising ferrari does, it's not like they're hurting for money.

        That said, the Dino is one of my all time favorite cars, ever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's not really a Dino unless it has a mid mounted V6! Enzo and his son will both be rolling in their graves if this new car has a V8 and is named/marketed as a Dino.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Something tells me that Enzo started rolling over in his grave when they started selling Ferrari Barbies and the Ferrari Amusement Park was announced.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is going to sell like the mad, but I don't know if Ferrari is use to owner putting 15K miles on their cars per year. The bills are going to pile up if they build them like they currently build the more expensive models. But a 100,000 V8 Ferrari that looks like the renderings...that would be great.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just saw these pics of a Dino concept and the article says they are by Ferrari,


      I for one would like to see this at Frankfurt.
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