Unleashing the Beast: A Closer Look at the 1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT’s Power and Performance

The 1968 Ferrari 206 Dino GT was a groundbreaking vehicle and the first mid-engine V6 road car offered by Ferrari. It was produced in limited numbers, with only 153 units built, out of a total production of 4,067 Dinos. The purpose of creating the 206 GT was to meet the FIA’s requirements for homologating Ferrari’s “Dino” V6 engine for competition.

The 206 GT made its debut in 1965 at the Paris Motor Show as the Dino Berlinetta Speciale. It was based on a competition 206 SP chassis and featured distinctive aluminum coachwork by Scaglietti. Series production of the 206 GT began in June 1968 and ended in April 1969 when the 246 GT was introduced.

To meet the Formula 2 racing regulations of 1967, Ferrari needed to produce a minimum of 500 units annually with production-based engines. Since Ferrari couldn’t meet this demand on its own, it collaborated with Fiat. Fiat manufactured the engines and installed them in their own upmarket Fiat Dino models, while also supplying engines for Ferrari’s use.

The 206 GT featured a 2,280mm wheelbase and rode on knock-off Cromodora wheels, setting it apart from the more common 246 GT and GTS models. Unique features of the 206 GT included a wood-rimmed steering wheel, special exterior lighting, unique exhaust tips, special interior appointments, and a chrome-plated exposed fuel filler cap.

Powering the 206 GT was a 1,987cc all-alloy V6 engine with three Weber 40 DCN F/1 carburetors, delivering 180 horsepower at 8,000 RPM and 138 lb-ft of torque. It had a fully independent suspension and disc brakes on all four wheels.

Notably, the Dino 206 was the first Ferrari to utilize electronic ignition, a direct rack-and-pinion steering system, and a Dinoplex C capacitive discharge ignition system developed by Magneti Marelli.

Following the 206 GT, Ferrari introduced the Dino 246, which was produced from 1969 to 1974 with a total of 3,761 units built. The Dino 246 featured a more powerful 2,419.20cc engine with dual overhead camshafts, 2 valves per cylinder, an iron block with alloy heads, and produced 190 horsepower at 7,600 RPM. However, the use of a heavier steel body in the 246 GT offset the power increase. The 246 GT had a wheelbase 2.1 inches longer than the 206 GT, but its height remained the same.

Out of the total production of 3,761 units, 2,295 were GT Coupes, and 1,274 were GTS Spyders. The GTS Spyders had a shorter production lifespan and were built from 1972 to 1974 after the Series III revision.

The Ferrari Dino models, including the 206 GT and 246 GT/GTS, played a significant role in establishing Ferrari’s reputation for producing high-performance mid-engine sports cars. Their timeless design and technological innovations make them highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts today.

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