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It looks like earlier rumours surrounding a possible revival of the Dino nameplate were true – our spy photographers have captured the very first mule of the upcoming 2019 Ferrari Dino. First mentioned in April this year, the all-new “starter” Ferrari is expected to debut with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

Which, in true Ferrari fashion, was the most telling sign to our photographers that this was no ordinary Ferrari 458 Italia – aside from the copious amounts of camouflage taped to its body. According to them, the noise emitted from this particular mule was unlike any other of the notes sung by current Ferrari models – did someone mention the V6 mill from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio?

Aside from the alleged alien noise emitted from the mule, the other dead giveaways spotted were the presence of large air intakes that appear to sprout from the sides of the car – expect subsequent prototypes to feature said attachments that look more flushed against the bodywork.

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While that rounds off the list of external clues, readers with an unhealthy obsession for measuring wheelbases might be able to spot that this mule records a marginally smaller figure compared to the Ferrari 488 GTB. Also, the rear deck appears to be shorter compared to the aforementioned successor of the 458.

Should it make it to showrooms, the 2019 Ferrari Dino will be the marque’s fifth addition to its stable and is expected to sit alongside the Ferrari California T in terms of its base price. While it may be an entry-level model, the Dino will not be used to spearhead a sub-brand of any sort – a task the original was conceived for. As such, expect its power figures to match its equally exorbitant price tag.

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According to previous reports, an estimated price tag of £150,000 (RM929,976) has been mentioned while power figures should hover about the 500-hp mark. New Ferrari chairman, Sergio Marchionne, summed it up best by describing that “we [Ferrari] may produce a 500 horsepower Ferrari but it will not be a cheap Ferrari.”

The existence of the 2019 Ferrari Dino will no doubt grant the fabled manufacturer the appropriate weapon to counter the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S, McLaren 570S and what have you. Makes sense, really – especially when one considers how incredibly lucrative the junior supercar segment has become.

GALLERY: Ferrari 488 GTB