Ferrari Is Planning A Second Entry-Level GT Car: Report

Photo: Raphael Orlove (the greatest)
Photo: Raphael Orlove (the greatest)

According to a new report, there’s a decent chance that Ferrari is planning on selling a second “entry-level” model alongside the current California T. Are you going to say it? Fine, I’ll say it. Are they bringing the Dino name back?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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Back in June of last year, Sergio Marchionne, a crazy man full of words and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, “confirmed” that the Dino nameplate will be making a return to the Ferrari lineup... eventually.

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The original Dino name was used in the late 1960's and 1970's to denote Ferrari models that were less expensive and featured engines that weren’t a V12—because only a Ferrari had a V12 back then. The Dino name was shared with company-founder Enzo Ferrari’s son. This nomenclature was eventually scrapped for better brand synergy.

And now, according to CarScoops, Dieter Knechtel, a Far East regional CEO for the supercar company, spoke to The Motor Report recently about a new Ferrari model built on the company’s upcoming modular chassis joining the current entry-level California in the GT segment:

“...there will also be another model after the California in the GT segment coming.”

Knechtel confirmed that the California would remain the least expensive entry-level model in the Ferrari lineup, but the fact that the company has plans for a fifth model that will likely be a mid-engine layout and not feature a V12 could mean Marchionne’s promise to bring the Dino back may be coming true.

It could also not be a new Dino. But if they want a cool name, I mean, come on.

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik

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365daytonafan01
365Daytonafan

Different interpretation of his words. The California will be replaced by another front engined GT car not a mid engined sports car which may arrive in the future and be called Dino.

Ferrari probably will use a different name from California for its replacement as even facelifted cars often get hew names at Ferrari (think Testarossa becoming 512TR or FF becoming GTC4Lusso).