The Ferrari Dino 196 S

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Ferrari Dino 196 S – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari Dino 196 S

Ferrari Dino 196 S – Photo Gallery

Ferrari Dino 196 S – Technical Specifications

Ferrari Dino 196 S – Registry & Videos

Ferrari Dino 196 S – Key Details

Ferrari Dino 196 SDetail
Launched: 1958
Engine: V6 – Front Engine
Power: 143 kW (195 hp) at 7200 rpm
Torque: TBC
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): TBC
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari Dino 196 S

FERRARI DINO 196 S – FERRARI’S FIRST V6 FORAY

While the 1958 Dino 196 S appeared be a clone of the world-famous 250 Testa Rossa, it hid a special surprise under the bonnet. At this point, Ferrari had become well known for their spectacular V12 engines, but the Dino made do with only 6 cylinders. This paved the way for the Dino brand, which would emerge in the 1960s as Ferrari’s attempt to create a line of smaller, more affordable sports cars, aiming squarely at the popular Porsche 911.  The 196 S, however, would remain a short-term design experiment.

A RACING-DERIVED V6

The Dino name comes from Dino Ferrari, Enzo’s son and the designer of these V6 powerplants. The numerical part of the name breaks with Ferrari tradition in that it refers to the total displacement of the engine rather than the unitary displacement of each cylinder. Longitudinal V6 engine was shared with Formula 1 and 2 cars of the day. At just 1.9 litres, the 6-cylinder engine produced a healthy 195 bhp at 7200 rpm. Top speed was rated at 155 miles per hour. Drum brakes and hydraulic shocks sat at all four corners of the car, while an independent front suspension teamed up with a live rear axle for cornering duty. Because of its racing pedigree, the Dino 196 S was entered into the World Sport Prototype Championship.

DESIGN CUES

The Dino 196 S appears to share much of the 250 Testa Rossa’s styling, but it still has plenty of features to set it apart from that famous design. The Medardo Fantuzzi-penned body had its own unique air intake on the 196, along with a slightly smaller overall package. Still, there are worse cars to share a design with than one of the most prized Ferraris of all time.

CONCLUSION

After racing the Dino themselves, Ferrari sold one of the cars to American importer Luigi Chinetti, who raced the car in various venues up until 1961. While the car enjoyed few on-track successes, it remains a notable model because of its novel approach to making a Ferrari sports car.

Ferrari Dino 196 S​ – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: Mecum Auctions

Ferrari Dino 196 S – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/hTBC
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed155 mph / 250 km/h
Engine
TypeV6
Overall displacement1983 cm3
Max. power output*143 kW (195 hp) at 7200 rpm
Max. torque*TBC
Dimensions & Weight
LengthTBC
WidthTBC
HeightTBC
Dry weight**TBC
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

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