Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne recently proclaimed that the V6-powered Ferrari Dino, which would undercut the Ferrari 488 GTB in the automaker’s lineup, is still in the ‘drawing board’ phase of development. The Italian-Canadian CEO made it seem as though the rumored model is pretty much just an idea at this point, but recent spy shots out of Italy paint a different picture.
A CarScoops reader spotted a mysterious Ferrari prototype testing near the automaker’s factory in Maranello that looks unlike anything else Ferrari currently offers. The rear lights are akin to the Ferrari 488, however the rest of the car appears entirely unique. A different rear fascia and lower rear diffuser is seen and the large air ducts that channel air to the 488’s V8 engine are not present.
If Ferrari were to go forth with the V6-powered Dino, it would likely use a version of the automaker’s 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that powers the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. In the sedan the motor produces 505 horsepower, however we imagine output would encroach on the 600 plus mark if the motor were to find its way into a Ferrari.
Just because this is a yet-to-be-seen Ferrari doesn’t mean it’s the rumored Dino, though. The automaker could be working on a special 488-based one-off supercar, such as Eric Clapton’S 458-based SP12 EC, or it could be an even faster production variant of the 488 GTB.
Check out the spy photos here and let us know what you think in the comments.