- Jul 23, 2007
Speculazione: Is this a new Maserati or the Ferrari Dino?
Manufacturers testing development mules for upcoming models go to great lengths to camouflage their prototypes in order to hide from the public what they're working on. That never stops the motoring press, in print and in cyberspace, from speculating on what that the camouflage is disguising, usually with considerable accuracy. A certain set of spy shots, however, have been enigmatic, resulting in a number of different theories.
The spy shots in question show a two-door sports car being developed by Ferrari. We've speculated that the shots in question show an "entry level" Ferrari model, possibly to be labeled as a new Dino, despite Maranello's repeated denials with which, by now, we're all familiar. Our friends over at Motor Authority say it's a new model from sister-company Maserati, to be positioned below the new GranTurismo. The folks at Carscoop, meanwhile, insist that the prototype is more simply a convertible version of the aforementioned GT.
That the prototype is being developed by Ferrari engineers shouldn't throw anybody, as Maranello has had considerable input in the development of Maserati models, and despite the separation of the two companies within the Fiat hierarchy, the input could reasonably be expected to continue considering Ferrari's extensive abilities and Maserati's natural desire to tap into that expertise in order to compete with more established rivals like Aston Martin, Jaguar and BMW. Whatever the identity of the test mule in question, it's bound to be an exciting addition to the market, and along with our contemporaries, we're looking forward to finding out what it is.