Ferrari’s new 296 GTB, the latest evolution of Maranello’s mid-rear-engined two-seater Berlinetta, redefines the whole driving experience.
The 296 GTB ushers in an authentic revolution for Ferrari as it introduces a new engine type to flank the marque’s multi-award-winning 8- and 12-cylinder power units: a new 663 cv 120° V6 coupled with an electric motor capable of delivering a further 122 kW (167 cv).
The 6-cylinder engine, a first installed on a road car sporting the Prancing Horse badge, unleashes its massive 830 cv total power output to deliver previously unthinkable performance levels and an innovative, exhilarating, and unique soundtrack.
The car’s name, which combines its total displacement (2992 l) and number of cylinders, was chosen, with the addition of the GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta) acronym in finest Ferrari tradition, to underscore this new engine’s significance. It is not simply the living, beating heart of the 296 GTB, but it also ushers in a new V6 era that has its roots deep in Ferrari’s 70-year-plus experience in motorsports.
The very first Ferrari V6, in fact, featured a 65° architecture and debuted on the 1957 1500 cc Dino 156 F2 single-seater. This was followed in 1958 by bigger displacement versions on the front-engined sport prototypes – the 196 S and 296 S – and F1 cars, such as the 246 F1 which powered Mike Hawthorn to the F1 Drivers’ Championship title the same year.
The 296 GTB’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system guarantees an incredibly usable car with razor-sharp pedal response times and a 25km range in all-electric eDrive mode. The car’s compact dimensions and the introduction of innovative dynamic control systems, as well as meticulously honed aerodynamics, ensure drivers experience astonishing agility and responsiveness with its sporty, sinuous design and extremely compact dimensions visually underscore its exceptional modernity.
As was the case with the SF90 Stradale, for clients who want to exploit the car’s extreme power and performance to the utmost, particularly on the track, the 296 GTB is also available with the Assetto Fiorano package (above), which includes lightweight features and aero modifications.
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