Ferrari opened a new chapter in their history with the 296 GTB – a plug-in hybrid that features a 120-degree, 3-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine. The V6 has been part of Ferrari’s history since 1957, but this marks the first time the brand has put one in their road cars.
The engine may seem small but with the turbos and the electric motor, it has a total output of 819 horsepower and 740 Nm of torque which rivals that of the 6.5L V12 found in the 812 Competizione. This was achieved by placing the turbos on top of the engine, inside the ‘vee’. The method saved weight, lowered the center of gravity of the car, and ultimately allowed for high power delivery.
All this power is sent to the rear wheels via 8-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission and together, it can pull this berlinetta from a standstill to 100kph in 2.9 seconds and 0-200kph in 7.3 seconds.
As for the electric motor, it’s not just for additional power. It reduced throttle response time to zero and can deliver an all-electric driving for 25 kilometers.
Ferrari claims the 296 GTB has the perfect marriage of simplicity and functionality which is greatly inspired by the 250 LM from 1963. The sleek lines, muscular wings, and active spoiler of the GTB all contribute to a better airflow around the car, while also giving it a signature aesthetic. The interior meanwhile is derived from the SF90 Stradale that features an entirely digital interface.
For those who want to experience the absolute limits of the 296 GTB, you can opt for the Assetto Fiorano package. This includes Multimatic shock absorbers meant for track use, high downforce carbon-fiber appendages on the front bumper for extra 10kg of downforce, Lexan rear screen, Michelin Sport Cup2R tires, and more carbon fiber materials in the exterior and interior. You can also choose to have the 250 Le Mans livery if you get this performance upgrade.