The Ferrari Mondial is a V8, mid-engined, grand tourer coupé and cabriolet that was produced by Italian manufacturer Ferrari between 1980 and 1993. It replaced the Ferrari 308/208 GT4 coupé, and remained the last V8-engined 2+2 model Ferrari produced until the Ferrari California convertible and GTC4Lusso coupé were released in 2008 and 2016 respectively.
The Mondial name (French for world or global) originated from Ferrari's motor racing history — the 500 Mondial was a successful lightweight sports racer of the early 1950s which was named to celebrate Ferrari's consecutive Formula 1 World Championships in 1952 and 1953. Conceived as a 'practical' Ferrari, the Mondial is a genuine long-distance four-seater, with sufficient rear head- and leg-room for children and smaller adults. It affords easy access via the long single doors, and has surprisingly good all-round visibility for a mid-engined car. The vehicle has a slightly higher roofline and greater all-round dimensions compared to its two-seater stable mates, resulting in a comparative weight penalty of around ten percent.
It is claimed that the Mondial cabriolets are the only production vehicles manufactured to a four-seater, rear mid-engined, full-convertible design.