That Darn Mule! Upcoming Ferrari Caught On Video

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman

I've just realized something: I know more about the black-clad, heavily disguised Ferrari mule than I do about GM's Lambda platform. Motor Authority is reporting a bunch of new, presumptive info about what the test-mule may or may not actually be. So I'm thinking we should just get every rumor on the table front and center. Right? Right. Rumor 1: It's the new Dino. Yes friends, Ferrari is reviving their budget brand and you're looking at it. Except they're not and therefore it's not. Rumor 2: It will slot in below the F430. Ah yes, a Dino in everything but name. And the name would be Ferrari and it would go head to head with the Porsche GT3s and Aston Martin V8s of the world. Plus, how can you beat the Ferrari badge? Looks like this rumor's false, too. Rumor 3: It's a new 2+2, similar in zeitgeist to the old Mondial, featuring a folding hard top, a 500+ hp direct injected 4.7-liter V8 and (of course) a dual-clutch gearbox. Ferrari will call it the California GT. We have no idea if Rumor 3 is more accurate than the others, but currently there exists less evidence to refute it. And just for fun, I'd like to float another one. Rumor 4: The black-clad mule is actually a revival of the Ferrari Breadvan. First of all, who wouldn't want to pay homage to what's possibly the greatest Ferrari of them all? Remember, the Breadvan was built by none other than Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrini after he and the 250 GTO team were booted out by Enzo's wife during the famed Palace Revolt. Starting with a 250 GT SWB, Bizzarrini brought the Breadvan up to GTO specs (who better?) but then lightened it. The Breadvan was leading all Ferrari GTOs at the 1962 LeMans when it was forced out by mechanical failure. Second, just look at the shape. This mule is totally a shooting brake. Isn't it?

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  • Guyincognito Guyincognito on Apr 22, 2008

    I too hope for the return of the Ferrari Breadvan.

  • Jonny Lieberman Jonny Lieberman on Apr 22, 2008

    guyincognito: All red-blooded people do.

  • Nicodemus Nicodemus on Apr 23, 2008

    1. Like the Dinos, the Breadvan was not a Ferarri in name, so a revival would be somewhat ironic particularly given Enzo's dissaproval. 2. Far from being the greatest, the Breadvan was actually dismally unsucessful. It never won a race. It is good looking though.

  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on Apr 23, 2008

    I predict it will be a front-engined F430 - something in a GT style for people who can't handle a mid-engine F430 and can't afford a 599.