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One of the most evocative nameplates from Maranello is set to return to the market, as Autocar UK understands. Speaking to the publication, Ferrari chairman, Sergio Marchionne, was keen to point out that the arrival of the Ferrari Dino was “not a question of if but when” – earlier reports hinted at a 2019 debut.

Unlike the original Dino, however, the new model will not be used to spearhead a sub-brand that would allow for a more affordable form of entry into Ferrari ownership. “We may produce a 500 horsepower Ferrari but it will not be a cheap Ferrari,” commented Marchionne – and therein lies the first bit of technical information.

Additional details regarding the new Dino include word that it will be offered as a mid-engined sports car, equipped with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing said amount of horsepower. Price wise, nothing has been set in stone, but Marchionne pegs the final figure to hover about the £150,000 (RM855,745) mark.

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Carrying such a price tag would level it with the Ferrari California T, leading many to believe that the Dino could fill the former’s shoes as its next-gen replacement – unlikely to happen as the California is a front-engined car. Instead, the Ferrari Dino could be offered as a sportier, driver-oriented alternative to the California T, providing potential Ferrari owners the option to choose between a GT and a sports car.

When it debuts in the near future, the Ferrari Dino will be the fifth model in Maranello’s stable – sitting alongside the California T (or its successor), the 488 GTB, upcoming F12 M and FF. The existence of such a model will provide Ferrari the necessary firepower to take on the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S, McLaren 570S and soon-to-arrive Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.

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