The Ferrari California didn’t exactly set the sales charts alight when it was introduced back in 2008, but in the past few years the Italian car manufacturer has turned its entry-level vehicle into a rather excellent grand tourer. But as good as the California is, Ferrari might be about to unveil a brand new GT style vehicle which would sit one rung above it.
Earlier this month at the Australian Grand Prix, Ferrari Far East Hub CEO, Dieter Knechtel, said “there will also be another model after the California in the GT segment coming.”
Then, when asked if the California would continue to be the least-expensive model in the lineup, Knechtel said, “I think so, currently that is our strategy, but in the long term we will see what the company will do.”
Rumours have suggested that Ferrari could revive the ‘Dino’ nameplate, which was a marque Ferrari used for their mid-engined, rear-wheel drive cars produced in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. This does make a lot of sense, as there’s plenty of room for a mid-engine grand tourer between the entry-level front-engined California and the more expensive mid-engined 488 GTB. The addition of a cheaper mid-engined sports car would also allow Ferrari to sell more cars and bring more people into the Ferrari fold.
It is mostly speculation for now, but we look forward to seeing what Ferrari comes up with.