Ferrari: Almost Certainly Yes to the SUV, Probably No to a Reincarnated Dino

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
ferrari almost certainly yes to the suv probably no to a reincarnated dino

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Ferrari’s V6-engined Dino, an entry-level Ferrari that never actually wore Ferrari’s prancing horse badge.

With challenging regulatory environments and emissions targets to meet, 2018 surely seems like a fine time to resurrect the Dino name and concept. Yet it appears far more likely Ferrari will look to burst through its 10,000-unit annual production barrier with an FUV, rather than a Dino that, Automotive News reports, would likely be priced 20-percent below the current entry-level Ferrari.

The California T stickers from $202,723.

“We need to explore ways to attract customers to traditional values of the brand such as style, performance and engine sound before downgrading the entry level price for the brand,” Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne told analysts.

Downgrade. Pfft. Downgrading is for Porsche and McLaren.

It’s been a dozen years since Marchionne seemed certain that a Dino revival was a sure bet. In 2005, only the timing was in question. But amidst divergent plans at Ferrari’s executive level, departed Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo persistently rejected the defunct Dino’s overtures.

Fast forward to 2017 and Marchionne seems to believe the Dino may well not necessary. The less costly Dino would be an attempt on Ferrari’s part to attract younger buyers, but Marchionne already describes Ferrari’s burgeoning Asian buyer base as, “phenomenally young.” Meanwhile, the FUV is going to be responsible for shaking Ferrari’s money maker.

Globally, Ferrari sold a record 8,014 new vehicles in 2016, representing 5-percent year-over-year growth and enough production for the company to earn $432 million in net profit

According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Ferrari sales are up 5 percent to 1,421 units through 2017’s first seven months, more than double Lamborghini’s total.

Whether a Dino is set to join the almost-certain FUV in extending Ferrari’s lineup is a decision Ferrari has put off until the early part of next year. Wading into SUV waters is likely enough of a sea change for Ferrari’s loyal clientele for the time being.

[Image: Ferrari]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and and the founder and former editor of Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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  • Stingray65 Stingray65 on Aug 11, 2017

    Ahh - the Dino 246 - nice looking and handling at a "bargain" Ferrari price, but also slower than a contemporary 911 or Corvette, made of steel that would turn into Swiss cheese in 3 years, offering a bus-like driving position, and propelled by a V-6 that needed a complete overhaul by 30,000 miles. I'm sure the world is waiting eagerly for another car from Ferrari offering the same enticing combination of features.

    • Krhodes1 Krhodes1 on Aug 11, 2017

      To be fair, other than being slower than a 911 your complaints applied to every other Ferrari in the Dino's era too. As the old saying went, Enzo sold you an engine and threw the rest of the car in for free. They were pretty much really fast pieces of crap. I'd argue they still are... But my interest in fast sports cars stops at the level of a base engine Porsche Cayman. I'd still take a Dino over an equivalent 911 - it's so pretty and less likely to go through a hedge backwards.

  • Bultaco Bultaco on Aug 11, 2017

    Excepting the dorky Bentayga and the boxy Range Rover, all of the new super premium SUVs look like cheaper models. The Jag resembles a Cherokee, the Maserati looks like a blobby Nissan Murano, etc. They just don't stand out, whereas nobody will ever mistake a Ferrari sports car for a Corvette. The SUV 2-box shape just doesn't lend itself to individualization like a sports car does. Now don't get me wrong, if Ferrari makes an SUV they'll have plenty of buyers who just want exclusivity. But really, is any buysr of one of those things ever going to care how fast it laps the Nurburgring? Does any new Range Rover ever see off-road condotions? Do any of the old men who buy Porsche Panamera Turbos ever explore that car's very high limits? My point is that most of the people who buy these very high end sedans and SUVs would be perfectly satisfied with a Lexus if they could accept the fact that they're everywhere and not exclusive.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂