“The most fun Ferrari to drive.” This is how Ferrari defines its new 296 GTB , a mid- engine two-seater , the sportiest type of model of the legendary house, but which has the peculiarity of picking up a plug- in hybrid V6 mechanics , instead of the usual V8 and V12 of the Italian manufacturer . In fact, it is the first Ferrari V6 of the modern era.
It might seem that it is the new access model of the brand, but it is not, because despite its engine more often it reaches 830 HP of power. And it is not the least expensive either, because in Spain it will be around 300,000 euros , ahead of Roma and Portofino , and very close to the F8 Tributo . In addition, thanks to the V6 mechanics and also to its rear-wheel drive, it is lighter and purer to drive, and the company’s statement seems to make sense.
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The Ferrari 296 GTB is a mid -engine two – seater coupe that measures 4.5 meters long and debuts Ferrari’s second plug-in hybrid mechanics, after that of its older brother the SF90 Stradale, which reaches 1,000 hp and has 4 × 4 traction. .
It is coupled to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all the power is sent to the rear wheels, which are in turn managed by a state-of-the-art electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
The first units will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022 and, apart from the 296 GTB, an Assetto Fiorano variant will also be offered , focused on a more intensive use on the track, which will rise to around 340,000 euros.
Ferrari 296 GTB
The 3.0 V6 biturbo engine yields 663 hp, and the electrical support block, another 167 hp, and together they manage to reach 830 hp of power, reaching 8,000 revolutions . The maximum torque amounts to 740 Nm at 6,250 turns. And according to Marc Gené , tester and brand ambassador, who has served as moderator in the car’s online presentation , “it draws attention for its acceleration and also for its sound, especially at high revs”.
The design dispenses with ailerons and appendages and is reminiscent of previous models such as the 360 Modena and F430, although with more modern features and a front similar to the current SF90. But the aerodynamics are very well worked and, among other details, the rear wing is hidden until it is deployed, flush with the bodywork, and the set can generate 360 kilos of support or downward force (hits the car to the ground) at 250 km / h. h.
The two-seater interior, meanwhile, picks up the same style as the SF90 Stradale , which debuted Ferrari’s most modern dashboard, with a new steering wheel, displays and menus, and a sporty, clean and neat overall appearance.
The supercar weighs 1,470 kilos dry , which could be around 1,600 with a full tank and the engine with its fluids (oil, coolant …), and the figure would postulate it as one of the lightest street models in the current Ferrari catalog.
The sum of its great power and low weight results in stratospheric performance , with a 0 to 100 km / h in 2.9 seconds and a 0 to 200 in 7.3, and also a spectacular braking from 200 to 0 in 107 meters . The maximum speed is 330 km / h.
The braking efficiency is supported, according to Ferrari, on the latest evolutions of the management electronics used by the brand, which reinforces the efficiency both in straight braking and in support, with the car slightly turned, improving by up to 8.8 % stopping distance in front of the F8 Tribute.
The Assetto Fiorano variant (gray with yellow accents) adds specific decoration and tuning, carbon fiber aerodynamic elements that add extra load , racing basketball seats and other details that remove 15 kilos, and ‘ semislick ‘ tires ( Michelin) almost racing.
The mechanical change also responds to the need to reduce consumption and emissions , although they have not yet been communicated. It is expected that this new plug-in hybrid powertrain can provide consumption of about nine liters in the first 100 kilometers traveled.
The battery has 7.45 kWh and allows to dedicate the 167 CV that it feeds to circulate in electric mode up to 25 kilometers, to achieve reasonable expenses in short distances or to add them to those of the V6 engine to deploy a devastating power.
As the 812 Competizione has already done with its naturally aspirated V12 engine, the new 3.0 V6 biturbo achieves another record for specific power per liter of displacement among series-production street engines: no less than 221 hp per 1,000cc.
The name 296 GTB comes from the engine’s displacement (2,992cc), the number of cylinders (6) and the acronym Gran Turismo Berlinetta, a historical name of the manufacturer.