Ferrari swore up and down when they were developing the California that it is not going to be an “entry-level” model.
Whether that finally turned out to be the truth or not, is up for debate…
…now it looks that the Prancing Horse marque is preparing to release a properly more accessible model in the close future.
According to AutoBlog, Maranello is working on a new six-cylinder sports car to work as the point of entry for new customers…
…especially in China.
Tax implications there may suggest the V6 would displace less than 3.0 liters, but probably pack a pair of turbochargers to ensure that output and performance live up to the Ferrari standard.
Expected to appear in 2019, the six-cylinder model could materialize as a revival of sorts of the Dino line.
Born in 1968, last remembered as 1976 Ferrari Dino
Called after Enzo Ferrari’s first-born son, the Dino sub-brand used mostly six-cylinder engines to fight the Porsche 911 on and off the track.
The Dino 206 GT appeared in 1968, evolved into the larger-displacement 246 the next year and ultimately gave way to the very different, eight-cylinder, four-seat 308 GT4 in 1973, later to be rebadged as a proper Ferrari once the Dino brand was put to rest in ’76.
It’s worth mentioning that Ferrari designed the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 for the Quattroporte and Maserati Ghibli, which would most probably serve as the basis for the new entry-level Ferrari.
Although FCA usually aims to keep its brands from rivalling directly with one another, Maserati is due to release a production version of the Alfieri sports car concept in the following few years, running on that same engine, and could share its underpinnings with the Ferrari model in question.
The six-cylinder Ferrari could hold a price tag of around $180,000 to take on the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG GT, and the Sports Series which McLaren just kicked off with its new entry-level 570S.