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7 Surprising Cars With Ferrari Engines

Don't think any of them come cheap.

Ferrari is one of the most recognized and profitable nameplates in the world, and not limited to just the auto industry. Ferraris are also the only cars that consistently increase in value over the years, making them highly sought after by investors and collectors alike. What else does Ferrari do very well? Engines. Aside from powering Formula 1 race cars, Ferrari engines have also featured in a very select few cars that don't wear the Prancing Horse badge. And yes, they’re also extremely valuable today. Go figure.

Lancia Stratos

The original Lancia Stratos was both a sports car and rally car, built from 1973 until 1978. Designed by Bertone, it was based on a Ferrari chassis and powered by a Ferrari engine, specifically a 2.4-liter V6 with up to 190 hp. This engine should sound very familiar to Ferrari enthusiasts because it’s the same V6 that powered the Dino. Enzo Ferrari only agreed to let Lancia make further use of it once the Dino ceased production. The Stratos is a legend in its own right, both on and off the race track, but mainly the latter. It literally started a new era of rally racing and achieved many major WRC victories. Because of homologation rules, the Lancia Stratos HF Stradale was sold as a road car, though in very limited numbers.

Fiat Dino

Ferrari made further use of (and earned money from) the V6 engine originally developed for the Dino. This time it was used to power the Fiat Dino. Built by Fiat from 1966 to 1973, its Dino was sold as both a coupe and Spider, and it received this V6 because Ferrari was required to homologate the engine for Formula 2 and therefore had to be used in a specific number of road cars. Originally offered with a 2.0-liter V6, this was upgraded to a 2.4-liter V6 in 1969, which increased output from 158 hp to 178 hp. Interestingly, the coupe was designed by Bertone while the Spider was penned by Pininfarina. Also beginning in 1969, the Fiat Dino was built on the Ferrari assembly line and a total of 7,803 examples were built by 1973.

Pontiac Firebird Pegasus

A Ferrari V12 engine in a Pontiac? Really? It happened, and it was called the Firebird Pegasus. A GM designer penned the initial sketches of the car in 1970, which caught the eye of legendary design chief Bill Mitchell. After additional design modifications, the decision was made to give the concept a Ferrari V12. Why? Because Mitchell wanted to show Pontiac engineers the brand's potential. Enzo Ferrari himself made the 365 GTB/4 Daytona’s V12 available to GM. Originally paired to a GM Turbo-Hydramatic three-speed auto, it was swapped out in favor of a Ferrari five-speed manual. The interior features wood trim and custom bucket seats with leather upholstery. Along with a set of Borrani wheels, the Pontiac Pegasus is a true one-of-a-kind.

Maserati GranSport

Before today’s GranTurismo there was the Maserati GranSport coupe and spyder. Built from 2002 until 2007, the GranSport represented Maserati’s triumphant return to the US. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, both variants came powered by a 4.2-liter V8 with 385 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and paired to a six-speed manual. There is some controversy as to whether this is a true Ferrari V8 and here’s why: the crankshafts in the GranSport’s V8 are cross plane while in a Ferrari they were flat plane. However, it was made from a Ferrari casting. And there’s this fact: the GranSport was designed when Ferrari fully owned Maserati, therefore justifying the alternate claim it’s a true Ferrari V8.

Asa 1000 GT "Ferrarina"

Enzo Ferrari was famous for many things, among them his insistence that road cars bearing his name come powered by a 12-cylinder engine. However, Ferrari needed to fund his racing program back in the late 1950s and sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. The Asa 1000 GT debuted in 1961, powered by a small displacement four-cylinder 3-liter engine with 95 hp developed by Ferrari. It was basically a sliced portion of the Colombo V12 and even carried over many other central components. Ferrari called this project “Ferrarina,” but it never wore a Ferrari badge. Its chassis was also derived from the 250 GTO’s tubular frame and the body was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone. Production was limited and surviving examples are rare finds.

Lancia Thema 8.32

A Ferrari engine powering a front-wheel drive sedan? Hey, why not. That’s what Lancia figured back in 1986 when it revealed its Thema 8.32. Why 8.32? Simple: 8 stood for the number of cylinders while 32 for the number of valves. Its V8 was based on the engine found in the Ferrari 308 and Mondial Quattrovalvole. But unlike other Ferrari V8s at the time, this engine featured a cross-plane type crankshaft instead of the usual flat-plane. It also had smaller valves and a different firing order to make the engine more suitable for a four-door luxury sedan. With 212 hp (in non-catalyzed form), the Thema 8.32 was also the first car to have an electronically raising rear spoiler. Thema production lasted until 1994.

New Lancia Stratos

Back in 2010, German billionaire Michael Stoschek commissioned Pininfarina to create a design concept for his dream car: a modern interpretation of the iconic Lancia Stratos. Using a Ferrari 430 Scuderia as a donor car, the result was a stunning tribute with a newly planned production of 25 examples. Power, of course, comes from the F430’s naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8, tuned to produce 540 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Despite using the F430’s guts and bones, Ferrari did not approve of this project and refused to have anything to do with it. Perhaps that’s why it’s taken nearly a decade to get production up and running.

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