The Fiat Dino was born out of a partnership with Ferrari, to manufacture V6 engines for F2 homologation rules. That engine was used in two different road cars, with Ferrari opting for a mid engined sports car, and Fiat creating the Dino Spider a front-engined grand tourer assembled in Turin by Fiat. First introduced as a 2 seater sports car at the 1966 Turin Motor Show, the Dino was also available as a 2+2 Coupe bult on a longer wheel base and sporting a very different look. This was due to Fiat using two different coach builders for production of the cars, the Spider was built by Pininfarina with the Coupe handled by Bertone.
The small 2.0L V6 produced 158 hp and 171 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The same engine used in the Ferrari built Dino 206 GT was quoted for 180 hp, despite both engines being made by Fiat workers in Turin on the same production line. In 1969 the V6 was enlarged to 2.4L in both the Fiat and Ferrari Dinos and used a cast iron engine block instead of the previous light alloy.