Ferrari has already expressed a desire to reintroduce the world-famous Dino name to its range and a recent test mule could be the first view of the eagerly anticipated model.
Despite still being some way from release, Ferrari fans can be forgiven for getting excited, with Ferrari chief Sergio Marchionne stating that it was a question of when, not if, the Dino would be returning to our roads.
The spied mule looks to be based on the Ferrari 458 Italia, but without the central exhaust system, with two holes cut into the rear bumper instead. This could suggest a shorter powertrain, while the sound of the engine was also different to the 458 Italia and the 3.9-litre V8 488 GTB that were following the mule. Changes to the rear wheel arches also offer further indication that a different sized engine will be used.
Other exterior design clues on the test vehicle reveal shorter doors and a reduced rear section compared to the 458 Italia. There are larger side air intakes too which help to cool the engine.
The Dino was originally launched in 1968 as its own automotive brand, named after Enzo Ferrari’s eldest son, who died aged 24 from muscular dystrophy. In 1976 the Dino brand came under the Ferrari banner and the last version was produced in 1980.
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