’s denials, spy photographers already caught test-mules of the upcoming Dino. Powered by a V8 engine, Dino 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 or at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.
Set to go on sale at the beginning of 2009 (and a spyder version later on), its name honours the founder Enzo Ferrari´s son, Alfredino "Dino" Ferrari, who died in 1956 at the age of 24 from a muscular dystrophy.
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.
The new 2+2 Coupe will sit on a new aluminum chassis made by Alcoa at the new facility in Modena and that will replace the old Scaglietti workshop.
The design work for the upcoming Dino will be made by Pininfarina with input from former Ferrari design boss Frank Stephenson, who now heads Fiat´s Centro Stile operation.
Body construction and materials will be taken from Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
Ferrari expects to sell around 4000 units a year after the car will hit the market in 2009.