Ferrari Dino is considered the baby Ferrari. It is an astonishingly good-looking car with a timeless design. Ferrari Dino’s shape and body style set the template for the Ferrari 308 and Ferrari 328. Personally, I believed that some design elements influenced the styling of the Ferrari F40.
Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari along with engineer Vittorio Jano, persuaded his father to produce a series of V6 powered and V8-powered sports cars in the 1950s. It was Dino’s idea of manufacturing a budget sports car to make it more approachable.
Dino Ferrari died at the age of 24 due to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Alfredo Ferrari was also working on a V6 engine at the time of his death and this engine was also called Dino in memory of Enzo Ferrari’s son.
The Dino script on the badge and cylinder head covers was based on Alfredo Ferrari’s own signature.
Dino cars also used the Ferrari naming convention of displacement and cylinder count with two digits for the size of the engine in deciliters and the third digit to represent the number of cylinders.
Ferrari Dino was a more subtle and delicate car when compared to its siblings. The thin screen pillars, slender and almost useless front and rear bumpers, and almost no sills made this car look more delicate than its successors. The design of the car was done by Pininfarina.
Ferrari Dino 246 GT was the first Ferrari with a mid-engine layout. Enzo Ferrari was against the idea of developing a mid-engine supercar. Mainly because he considered the mid-engine cars would be too dangerous for his customers. This is why it was decided to use a Dino 206, a 2.0-liter V6 engine that had been developed for Fiat and Formula Two competitions. The power output of the car was just 180 horsepower.
Even after giving the approval to develop the Ferrari Dino, he still insisted that not even a small twitchiness in steering response should exist. In other words, he wanted to get the steering correct without any leaps from massive under-steer to massive over-steer. Enzo Ferrari succeeded and came up with one of the best handling mid-engine supercars of its time.
The 246GT was equipped with a Lampredi 2.4-liter V6 engine. The power output was just 195 horsepower. This sonorous engine was also used to power the Lancia Stratos, one of the most notorious rally demons of all times.
The power delivery was rated at a generous 195 horsepower at 7600rpm and 166 lb-ft of torque at 5500rpm.
This 2.4-liter V6 Lampredi engine featured aluminum heads, four overhead cams driven by gears and chains, two valves per cylinder, and three Weber 40 DCF carburetors. The only transmission available was the five-speed manual unit.
Vacuum servo assisted ventilated disc brakes were included all around as standard to improve braking and overall handling of the car.
14-inch wheels were wrapped in Michelin 205/14×70 tires as standard.
The suspension setup was of double wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, and telescopic dampers.
The 0-60mph was achieved in 7.1 seconds and the top speed was 148mph. Dino 246 GT is fast even by modern standards.
The interior featured lower bucket seats. The doors could be opened or closed using a tiny curved chrome handle set fixed into the side window’s waistline trim.
Ferrari Dino 246 GT was unveiled in 1969 as a low-cost option.
Despite the mid-engine layout and lowered height, the Ferrari Dino 246 GT featured a spacious cabin and one of the best interiors of its time. It had great front visibility, and it was easier to drive when compared to the other mid-engine supercars of its time. However, the heating, demisting, and wipers were heavily criticized for not being adequate.
Dino 246 GTS
In 1971 and afterward, a Targa variant called 246 GTS was introduced.
One of the biggest differences between the Dino 206 and 246 is, the body of Dino 206 is made out of aluminum while the body of Dino 246 is made out of steel. Dino 246 also featured a 2.4-inch longer wheelbase.
Three series of the 246 GT was built, and these had different wheels, windshield wiper coverage, and engine ventilation.
A total of 2295 Dino 246 GT cars, and 3569 Dino 246 GTS cars were made.