The reborn Ferrari Dino has been on again, and off again for some time. The latest report has Ferrari executives hinting that the reborn, mid-engine V6 powered sports car may not be a new entry-level vehicle for the brand, however.
Previous reports have had Ferrari management at odds with a new Dino for fear of lowering the price of entry to Ferrari. Now, Nicola Boari, Ferrari’s head of product marketing, told Drive a new Dino would not decrease the entry price point at all. Instead, it would be focused on fun-to-drive characteristics.
“There has been debate on the Dino concept as a very fun to drive car, not necessarily extremely powerful,” he said. “Something that [customers] can really focus on enjoying the driving emotions – it’s something that we believe is in the nature of Ferrari.”
Should this strategy be employed, it would keep the Ferrari Portofino as the entry-level sports car. However, Ferrari brass was keen to point out a new model has not been signed off or approved as of yet. Instead, various concepts are being “studied.”
On the other end, Automobile reports the Ferrari Dino is absolutely a go and will show face some time in 2023. The engine will be familiar, too; a 2.9-liter V6, deployed in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, will feature twin turbos and reportedly make over 600 horsepower.
This is despite Ferrari chief technical officer Michael Leiters being blunt about future powertrains. “Ferrari right now is a V8 company,” he said.