Smaller engine, bigger performance, forever Ferrari.
Delivering otherworldly performance and handling, the Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS embodies a new chapter for the Maranello-based company. While it might not be a V12 or even a V8, its plug-in hybrid design that combines a twin-turbo V6 engine, an electric motor, and high voltage makes this model one of the fastest road cars ever produced by Ferrari in the last decade. The all-new supercar represents the very quintessence of what it means to be a Ferrari in the modern world. But the Ferrari 296 GTB is not the first hybrid from the Italian automaker.
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That would be the LaFerrari, a limited-edition mid-engine mild hybrid supercar launched in 2013. Nevertheless, the 296 GTB stands out for being the first ever V6 road car. The Dino 206s and 246s, built in 1967 and 1974, respectively, don’t count since they never rocked a Ferrari badge. Let’s not forget its luxurious cabin and stunning bodywork that makes it a show-stopping piece. Read on to learn more about the car that’s defining the rules of fun to drive.
Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS Price
Most cars from the Prancing Horse stable, if not all, fetch high prices. Even used models can set you back thousands of dollars. These prices are a sign that the automaker is clearly confident in its products, and the Ferrari 296 for sale is no exception. Sure! It comes with two fewer cylinders compared to the Hybrid V8 for the SF90, but don’t mistake it for an entry-level Ferrari. The 296 MSRP starting price is $312,000 before the on-road cost. Of course, the Ferrari 296 price varies significantly based on the options you choose.
For instance, if you opt for the Assetto Fiorano package, you will need to part with an additional $25,000 or more. But this high price is justified by the performance-enhancing features enjoyed, including racing-inspired shock absorbers, a high-load carbon-fiber splitter on the front bumper, a lightweight Lexan rear screen, and other optimizations. Working together, these features boosts the car’s overall lap time and weight. The 296 GTB/GTS high price tag means fewer people can afford one, but that’s the idea behind it. Competitors for the road car include Maserati MC20 ($216, 995), Porsche 911 ($102, 550), Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD ($252, 000) and Mercedes-AMG GT-R ($294,007).
Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS Review
Some people might claim the Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS is a betrayal of the Prancing Horse house. But we bet they will change their minds once they get to read the Ferrari 296 review or get a chance to drive one. Despite its surprisingly small size, this beautifully proportioned and surfaced sports car comes with a striking design that balances form and function while paying homage to the mid-engine 250LM from the 1960s as well as the 330 P3 and Dino 206. The vehicle redefines the boundaries of a mid-rear engine two-seater Berlinetta concept. An obvious example of this is how the visor architecture incorporated in the passenger cell blends in well with the polished front end. The teardrop-looking light cluster at the front adds a sense of uniqueness, while the single-mouth grille at the center creates enough space for a suspended carbon fin. The 296 GTB’s rear styling is also something to marvel at.
Wide wheel arches, distinct B pillar, and trimmed tail unmistakably design cues from the 250LM. As for aerodynamics, the GTBs signature aero element generates downforce without assistance from an active device. Nevertheless, nearly every element of the 269 plays a role in aerodynamics, from the super-slim headlight to breaks. Furthermore, the Ferrari 296 horsepower is 819hp, which allows drivers to achieve better acceleration and high speeds.
Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS Specs
When it comes to Ferrari 296 specs, the supercar combines superior handling, hybrid efficiency, and blistering speed in a single package. At the core of this mid-engine Ferrari is a twin-turbo V-6 engine working with an electric motor to generate a combined horsepower of 819hp. When paired with the F1 eight-speed automatic dual-clutch, changing gear is super-fast, and Ferrari 296 0-60 is achieved in just 2.9 seconds. Furthermore, Ferrari 296 top speed is 205 mph, making the plug-in hybrid super-fast on traffic-free highways and race tracks. The 296 GTB/GTS ¼ mile in 9.7 seconds confirms the hybrid is truly a pinnacle of performance. What’s even more interesting, the supercar can run on electric power, but only for a short distance of about 8 to 15.5 miles, then the engine kicks in.
Even though the powertrain is the heart of this plug-in-hybrid model, every element of the car works together to deliver the best driving experience. The 296 weight is 3,395 pounds, but this changes slightly with the addition of fluids. Besides that, the super features a variable displacement oil pump (monitors oil pressure), 20-inch wheels, a La-Ferrari-inspired active rear spoiler, an active wing, revamped IHI turbochargers, and a high-mounted central exhaust. In addition, it comes with a brake cooling system and gearbox designed based on the aero caliper used in the SF90 Stradale.
Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS Engine
Sitting at the heart of the 296 is a 3.0L 120° twin-turbo V6 engine, which traces its construction to Ferrari’s 246 SP launched in 1961 and the 156 F1. The Ferrari Engine on its own generates 654hp and 546 lb-ft. For most people, that’s enough for an electrifying riding experience. But the engineers at Maranello saw it fit to integrate the internal combustion engine with an electric motor powered by a 7.5kWh high voltage battery. Sandwiched between the engine and gearbox, the electric motor creates 165hp.
Combined, the two units produce a stunning peak output of 819hp. Using 120° vee architecture, Ferrari creates more space between the cylinder banks for the IHI turbos to nest neatly. According to the manufacturer, this setup reduces the engine mass and reduces the distance air has to travel to reach the combustion chamber. Therefore, it maximizes fluid dynamics and output. On top of that, the engineers at Ferrari redesigned the turbos, and they now use high-performance alloys. As a result, they can achieve high spins of up 180,000 revs per minute (rpm). Unlike the F8 Tributo V-8 engine, these IHI turbochargers have adopted smaller compressor wheels and rotors. Also, the 296 GTB and GTS use SF90’s combustion chamber, which comes with a 350-bar injection system for minimized emissions and increased performance. Sound-wise, the V6 soundtrack matches its performance, creating a sense of advanced engineering.
Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS Transmission
Ferrari 296 transmission is an automatic eight-speed dual-clutch from the legendary SF90 sports car. It’s lightweight and compact compared to the seven-speed transmission used by other Ferrari cars because it lacks a dedicated reverse gear. The new transmission for rear-wheel drive allows for lighting fast shift times, allowing the car to reach its maximum potential with ease. Using tactile paddle shifters, drivers receive a unique sensory excitement when clicking through the gears. Best of all, the automatic transmission promotes an uninterrupted flow of torque from the V6 engine and electric motor to the driveshaft. It also reduces the weight of the 296 by approximately 10kg and minimizes CO2 emission.
Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS Interior
Like the SF90, the Ferrari 296 interior offers a full-digital experience. The dashboard features a large configurable instrument display that works as an infotainment unit. Drivers can control the display via capacitive controls and buttons on each side of the leather steering wheel. Many instruments are on the driver’s side of the screen. The passengers also enjoy the display that allows them to take part in the journey, more like a co-driver. Other standard features include luxurious Italian leather seats, climate control, a push button shifter, and easy access to several drive modes.
As for accommodation, there’s enough space for only the driver and a lucky passenger. The passenger side boasts a minimalistic look coupled with enough head and leg room. The cabin features Italian leather accents combined with a bit of Alcantara and carbon fiber. Buyers can request carbon fiber addition to specific areas and even select leather finish options for carpets. For a few more bucks, they can also get carbon fiber on their shift paddles, steering wheels, and other components.
Ferrari 296 GTB/GTS Standout Features
Perhaps the unique feature of the Ferrari 296 GTB and 296 GTS is the all-new V-6 hybrid engine codenamed FI63. The engine spins smoothly up to 8,500 rpm while producing great sounds like that of the V-12-powered supercar. Because of the hybrid element, it can output higher horsepower and torque, 819hp and 546lb-ft, to be more specific. That’s a lot for a supercar smaller than the F8. It’s rear-wheel drive only, meaning it delivers more balanced performance, enhanced torque, and better handling. It also boasts a shorter wheelbase and aluminum wheels available in two sizes: 20” X 9” (Front wheel size) and 20” X 11” (Rear wheel size). The tires also come in two sizes: P245/35ZR20 (front tire) and P305ZR20 (rear tire); what’s even more impressive is that they include clever aero elements like a carbon filter splitter, carbon ceramic breaks, and a dynamic, active wing to boost aerodynamics and driving capabilities. For those who don’t love owning the standard 296 GTB, Ferrari provides them the ultra-lightweight Assetto Fiorano package to spice up things by increasing performance.
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