Despite Ferrari’s denials, spy photographers already caught test-mules of the upcoming "baby" Ferrari. Powered by a V8 engine, the future model will be the most affordable model Ferrari ever did. With a price tag of about $170.000, Dino will compete with models like Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo. The new 2+2 Coupe will be unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
The design of this small, more accessible Ferrari is inspired by a lot of things. The most remarkable thing might be the big, trapeze-shaped front air intake. This is a translation of the Enzo front, which is again a translation of F1-noses.
Another thing that is inspired by the Enzo would be the front- and taillights and the rear spoiler. A nice detail of the spoilter is, that it’s really integrated in the design, but still is ’sticking’ out to keep that rear sticking to the ground.
The big air intakes at both sides of the car, at the doors, refer to the side intakes of the legendary Testarossa.
Another remarkable thing would be the big ’grille’ above the engine, at the place of rear window. This is a thing I took from the F40 and made it a lot extremer. Between the horizontal bars there still is space left to see through them and have a clear view to the rear.
The 2009 Dino will follow the trend set by the 246 Dino GT and GTS from 1968 and 1971, and the 308 GTB and GTS from 1975 and 1977.
Ferrari started to work at the new Dino in 2004, but the company changed its plans and the result was a Maserati. The chassis and the technology used in the Maserati model are now going to be adopted for the new Dino; as a result the new 2+2 Coupe will be smaller than the 612.
If the classic Dino was powered by a V6 engine, the upcoming model will be a 2+2 seater model powered by a 4.2 liter V8 (from Maserati) engine with an output of 400 hp.
My main goal of the design was to create a small Ferrari, that inspired by great Ferrari successors, but still is something original and doesn’t really follow the typical Ferrari -styling. A design that also is more edgy and outstanding from the rest, referring to the times when Ferrari was for real divers and not ordinary ’MTV-cribs’ superstars.