In June, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the ‘Dino’ name is a piece of Ferrari’s past that is currently underutilized, and said the return of a smaller model called Dino is a “when not if,” type of scenario. Now company CEO Amadeo Felisa has alluded to the possibility a new baby Ferrari, telling Motor Trend there is “probably,” a V6 model in their future.
Felisa confirmed the V6-powered model would undercut the V8-powered 488 GTB in a rather coy manner, saying “you wouldn’t do a bigger one with a V6.” The new V6 engine will be a twin-turbocharged unit derived from the 488 GTB’s 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8. A Ferrari engineer claims it produces about 200 horsepower per liter, which would give it 580 horsepower at 2.9-liters of displacement – right in the realm of McLaren’s new 570S.
A Ferrari engineer also told Motor Trend the company is pursuing a weight target of just 2,200 pounds with the Dino, but admitted that may be wishful thinking. Still, if they can get anywhere close to that weight figure, the Dino will be significantly lighter than the 3,252 lb 488 GTB.
It’s not clear when the new Ferrari Dino will arrive, however the car is currently in pre-development stages, with 488-based test mules being spotted in Maranello.