With the huge success of the Dino 246 GT/GTS, Ferrari also decided to bring a 2+2 version of the car. And in 1972 at the Paris Motor Show Ferrari unveiled the 308 GT4 model. It was Ferrari’s first V-8 production model, and also the first mid-engined 2+2 model.
The 308 GT4 models were given chassis numbers in the particular Dino even number series, which they maintained even when being produced alongside the true 246 GT/GTS replacement, the 308 GTB/GTS series, which had chassis numbers in the standard Ferrari road car odd-number sequence. The production period lasted for seven years, until 1980, when it was superseded by the Mondial 8 model.
The car was designed by Bertone and featured a controversial styling at first, due to its angular lines, like the boomerang shaped air intakes on the sail panels that bordered the rear quarter glass, and the tunnel effect of the inner sail panels to the flat vertical rear screen. The left side intake ducted cooling air to the oil radiator, and the right side one ducted air to the carburettor air filter. The overall shape was very tight and well balanced, and has stood the test of time very well, certainly better than some of its contemporaries.
The Dino 308 GT4 is powered by a 3,0 liter V8 engine in 90-degree configuration with a bore and stroke of 81mm x 71mm. The engine was transversely mounted in unit with the all-synchromesh five-speed transmission, which was below and to the rear of the engine’s wet sump, following the principle established on the Dino 206 GT and 246 GT models. It was fitted with a bank of four twin-choke Weber 40 DCNF carburettors, mounted in the center of the vee, the exact specification depended upon the market, and number of distributors fitted.
The engine delivered a total of 255 hp at 7700 rpm, while the American version got only 230 hp. With a weight of 1150 kilos, the 308 GT4 was capable of a top speed of 155 mph.