Published on 19 Mar 2013 by Dan Read
Earlier in the month we brought you shots taken at Pininfarina’s exhibition stand during the 83rd Geneva Motor Show where it was displayed next to the the Dino Berlinetta Speciale that the firm designed in 1965. This reinterpretation of the 2-seater barchetta is named after the man who led the firm for more than 40 years and the person who convinced Enzo Ferrari to build a mid-engined car, which have become a staple of Ferrari even since the first Dino rolled off the production line.
The concept car you’re looking at in these shots is based on the Ferrari 458 Spider and uses the same 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine as Ferrari’s mid-engine sports car. Pininfarina haven’t changed the engine in any way, but they’ve added more torsional regidity to the spider’s chassis thanks in part to smaller doors. The car’s weight has been reduced by 150 kg, which will benefit the handling and contributes to a 0-62 mph time that’s less than 3.4 seconds.
According to unconfirmed reports, just five or six Sergios will be built for sale at a 3 million euros price tag. If it does enter production the lack of a full windscreen could be a problem as European homologation rules mandate that the driver has to wear a helmet if there’s no windscreen.
Presumably this limited production run has been earmarked for select clientele. We’ve heard that Luca di Montezemolo has given the project his blessing, and since the Italian styling house built him a bespoke F360 Modena Barchetta in 2000, perhaps his name is already on the list.