The Ferrari 296 GTB Isn't Called Dino Because the Dino Wasn't Up to Ferrari Standards

Ferrari didn’t want its first V-6 road car in five decades to carry a name that was rooted in compromise

This is the Ferrari 296 GTB – the car that many thought would be called the Dino

Despite more than a decade of rumors, Ferrari decided to leave the Dino name on the shelf, though

There are a few similarities between the old Dino and the 296 GTB – like the six-cylinder engine and the naming structure

Just like the Dino 246 GT or the Dino 308, the 296 GTB’s name is designated by its engine

29 = 2.9-liter while 6 = six-cylinder – put them together and you get 296. Just like the 246 had a 2.4-liter V-6 and the 308 had a 3.0-liter V-8

So, why didn’t Ferrari go with Dino for its first V-6 road car since the late 60s and early 70s?

Well, according to Ferrari’s Commercial Boss, Enrico Galliera, the Dino name is rooted in compromise

“It’s true, there are some similarities – mainly the engine. But the Dino didn’t carry the Ferrari badge, because it was developed to attract new clients, to enter a new segment, and Ferrari accepted some compromises in terms of dimensions, space, perform

So, in short, the old Dino just wasn’t up to Ferrari standards

The name was, however, originally planned for use on all Ferrari’s that didn’t have a V-12, but it was discontinued in 1976.

Coming back to the new 296 GTB, it is a legitimate Ferrari, despite the V-6 and hybrid powertrain.

It puts down 654 HP from the engine plus another 164 HP from the electric motor for a combined output of 818 HP – 118 more than originally expected.

0-62 mph comes in 2.9 seconds, 0-124 mph comes in 7.3 seconds and it tops out at 205 mph

And, with 218 HP per liter, Ferrari says the 2.9-liter engine sets a world record for automotive-specific power output.

We still don’t have pricing or know when the 296 GTB will go on sale, but expect to hear more by the end of 2021

Swipe up if you want to learn more!