Our spy photographers caught this early Ferrari mule out testing, and judging by the sound coming from its engine, we think it may be testing the drivetrain destined for the long-rumored Dino.
The mule sits on the body of a Ferrari 458, but it was clear that it didn’t feature that model’s same 4.5-liter V-8 engine. A Ferrari 488 was also on the road that day, but the shooter reports the mule didn’t sound like the twin-turbo V-8 in that car, either. That leads us to believe that Ferrari was testing out a new V-6 turbo that has been rumored for the revived Dino.
A few months ago, Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne confirmed to Autocar that a new Dino is coming and suggested it would pack around 500 hp, without providing many additional details. According to our intelligence, the model will likely cost around $180,000 USD, slotting below the Ferrari California T at roughly $200,000 USD. The Dino isn’t likely to arrive until 2019.
By connecting the dots, it makes sense that the new Dino will share the same twin-turbo V-6 as in the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. That model packs 503 ponies, and Alfa says it can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds.
As for this Ferrari prototype, there aren’t many clues to glean from the sheetmetal. But take note that it features big air intakes on the side to accommodate that rumored turbo engine. The model also hides the exhaust pipes from our view, and features light-colored patches on the body.
If this model is indeed testing components for the Dino, we should look for full-body prototypes on the road within the next 15 months or earlier.
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