Ferrari 488 GTB-02

It’s no secret that former Ferrari honcho, Luca di Montezemolo, was a man quite keen on keeping the Ferrari name exclusive. His reluctance to cave in to a diversified Ferrari range that would, no doubt, see sales numbers rise was a stark contrast to the mentality adopted by his successor, Sergio Marchionne.

In fact, the radical revamp may have begun a lot sooner than expected with Motor Trend‘s Jonny Lieberman tweet on the alleged confirmation of an entry-level Ferrari. Citing sources deep within the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group, Lieberman claims that the new model will be a twin-turbo V6 car aimed at the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Mercedes-AMG GT and McLaren 570S.

He then goes on to end his tweet with mentions of a US$180,000 (RM655,650) price tag, a possible 2019 world debut and most importantly, the hashtags ‘dino’ and ‘dinolives’ – hinting at a revival for one of the most fabled nameplates at Maranello.

As for speculation concerning its powertrain, Ferrari has already made the leap into forced induction with models such as the California T and 488 GTB. As for V6 powerplants, note that Maserati has equipped its Ghibli models with 3.0 litre, twin-turbo’ed V6 petrol engines so expect a variation of it to feature.

GALLERY: Ferrari 488 GTB