An email from Reader Larry F asks: “I know you love the Dino 246, but you also admit that they’re not that great to drive. If you could have any recent Ferrari (produced since the Dino), which one would you choose?”
Here’s a comparison of the two:
I need to make a couple of points, though. One of the things I love about the earlier Ferraris like the Dino is that they’re small and nimble. After that they started growing and growing, until we finally arrived at elefanti like the 599. Here’s the comparison between the Dino and the 599 (l-r):
By comparison, the Dino is the nimble teenager while the 599 is its fat-ass Italian mama.
Of course, the power is not comparable, the 246 GT’s V6 192hp being dwarfed by the 599’s V12 612hp (which it needs to get that extra 1,600lbs moving). I wouldn’t care about acceleration (0-60: 7.0secs vs. 3.7secs) or top speed (148mph vs. 208mph) unless I were at Spa-Francorchamps, which is never gonna happen.
I’ve never driven the 599, but it’s probably a lot easier to handle than the Dino, so there’s that.
But in looks, the Dino still wins by a country mile. The 599 looks like a fatter Mazda Miata RF: