Ferrari Mondial
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Make: Ferrari
Model: Mondial
Ferrari Mondial

The Ferrari Mondial is a 2+2 coupe automobile that had a fairly long production run from 1980 through 1993. It replaced the angular 208/308 GT4 "Dino". The name "Mondial" originated years back in Ferrari's history as the famed 500 Mondial racecar of the early 1950s. Although the Mondial was styled by Pininfarina rather than Bertone, it shared much of its predecessor's boxiness. This has caused it to be criticized and classified as a lesser model for the marquee. It was available as a large coupe, and eventually, cabriolet. Ferrari really didn't create a significant after market demand for the Mondial given that it was produced in fairly high numbers. More than 6,800 units were produced in its 12-year run making it today one of the most affordable Ferrari models. Originally, the Mondial was introduced as the Mondial 8 and was the first Ferrari to depart from the company's familiar 3-digit naming scheme. It used a mid/rear-mounted V8, which was shared with the 308, mounted transversely. The engine was originally used in the 1974 Dino 308 GT4 and the chassis was also based on the 308 GT4, but with a 100 mm longer wheelbase at 2650 mm. The Mondial 8 has earned itself some respect given that it is considered one of the marquee's most reliable, inexpensive to maintain, and even practical cars due to its proven drivetrain and four seats. In 1983, a new Cabriolet bodystyle was added with the overall styling being very similar to the coupe version. Yet, the Cabriolet's top gave the car a lower look similar to the contemporary Testarossa. Like the new 328 GTB, the Mondial's engine grew in both bore and stroke to 3.2 L for 1985. By this point the output was now 270 hp (201 kW), and the car's weight distribution was changed enough for the car to classify as a true mid-engine design.

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