The return of Ferrari’s Dino badge now appears a sure thing, if comments this week from Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne are annything to go by.
Speaking with the UK’s Autocar, Marchionne said that the potential for a new Dino was “not a question of if, but when”.
That bombshell comes on the heels of a comment posted to Twitter last month, where American motoring journo Jonny Lieberman said he had confirmed plans for a new twin-turbo V6 Ferrari aimed at models like the McLaren 570S (or 540C), Porsche 911 Turbo S and AMG GT.
Although we may now be able to believe in a next-generation Dino, there are still many unknowns.
One thing appears clear, however: the Dino badge may soon reappear as an ‘affordable’ Ferrari, but when it comes to Ferrari, ‘affordable’ is a relative term.
“We may produce a 500 horsepower (373kW) Ferrari, but it will not be a cheap Ferrari,” Marchionne told Autocar, adding that the company must be careful to “not mess with customer expectations” of what the prancing horse brand represents.
It is also unclear where the new Dino would sit in the Ferrari line. If it is to take on the new $270,000 AMG GT, a local price of around $300,000 to $350,000 would surprise few.
As a Ferrari, which of course drinks a far more premium brand of mineral water than a mere AMG, the Dino could easily go closer to $400,000 here.
That would bring it close to Ferrari’s current entry-model, the 412kW turbo V8 California T, priced at $409,888 in Australia.
The California is due for replacement in the next couple of years, however, potentially with far greater outputs than the current model - just as Ferrari boosted the 492kW 488’s well beyond the 458’s original 419kW.
As for the Dino's underpinnings, Ferrari would likely look to the platform currently being developed for Maserati’s new sports car, based on the Alfieri concept revealed last year.