What’s the buzz with the new Ferrari 296 GTB

This week, the Prancing Horse marque unveiled its latest pride and joy, the 296 GTB. We are here to offer some insights into this new mid-rear-engined berlinetta sports car. The sports car is titled GTB which stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta.

The 296 GTB is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and delivers a 25km range in all-electric eDrive mode. This sports car is offered with the Assetto Fiorano package (aero modifications and lightweight elements).

In power terms, the GTB 296 sports a rear-mounted V6 turbo with a plug-in electric motor to output 221 cv. When the V6 and electric motor combined, the output is far greater at 830 cv. Power to the wheels is enabled by the 8-speed DCT and E-Diff. In addition, the MGU-K electric motor is positioned between the engine and gearbox, coupled with a high voltage battery with a capacity of 7.45 kWh.

On electric mode alone, the 296 GTB on eDrive mode can achieve speeds of up to 135 km/h. Obviously, at this speed it feels like cruising rather than sheer exhilaration.

Exterior highlights

At the front, the side creases sharply inwards, almost folding up over the splitter. This improves the flow of air of the lower part of the bumper. Other notable highlights are the side air curtain channels, aero brake callipers, Ferrari’s Coupe rear-end, a new wing profile on the roof with fins, and an active spoiler, integrated into the rear bumper. There’s a diffusor that is characterized by its double kink line.

The highlights continue with the 296 GTB’s teardrop-shaped headlights, a central single-grille, muscular front wings, visor-styled windscreen, flying buttresses and a vertical rear screen. From the rear, it has a “Kamm” tail with light strips, as well as a single exhaust, to underscore the car’s compact volumes. To complete the exterior package, new ‘Starburst’ alloy wheels with twin-spoke design are fitted.

The 296 GTB’s wheelbase is 50 mm shorter than previous Ferrari mid-rear-engined berlinettas to the benefit of the car’s dynamic agility. Overall gross weight of the 296 GTB is only 1470 kilograms, with class leading weight-to-power ratio of 1.77 kg/cv.

Inside. the 296 GTB houses special Italian leather seats to define a ‘clean’ cabin setup. Touch the capacitive ‘Start Engine’ button and everything comes to life. The main instrument cluster is set into a deep cleft carved out of the dashboard trim, while sculptural door panel is a seamless continuation of the dashboard and of course, the impressive HUD (Heads Up Display).

On vehicle dynamics, the 296 GTB promises more fun-to-drive aspect due to plenty of new components. The worthy mentions are Transition Manager Actuator (TMA), 6-way Chassis Dynamic Sensor (6w-CDS), ABS evo controller and regenerative braking (brake-by-wire). Ferrari’s imparted fun-to-drive factors consist of: driver’s steering inputs, rapid accelerator feedbacks, fast gear shifts and braking feel and response.

Drive modes

The Ferrari 296 GTB has four main drive modes: eDrive, Hybrid, Performance and Qualify. It is quite obvious that Qualify means maxed-out performance and eDrive means cruising to a crawl.

Ferrari 296 GTB specifications

Performance

Type: V6 – 120°

Displacement:  2992 cm3

Bore and stroke: 88 mm x 82 mm

Transmission: 8-speed F1 DCT

Max. power: 663 cv (830 cv with motor)

Max. torque: 740 Nm at 6250 rpm

Compression ratio: 9.4:1

Max speed: 330 km/h

0 – 100km/h: 2.9 seconds

Dimensions

Length:  4565 mm

Width:   1958 mm

Height: 1187 mm

Wheelbase:   2600 mm

Front/Rear:  1665 mm/1632 mm

Dry weight:  1470 kg

Fuel tanks capacity: 65 liters

Wheels

Front/Rear: 245/35 ZR 20 J9.0/ 305/35 ZR 20 J11.0

Front/Rear brakes: 398 x 223 x 38 mm/360 x 233 x 32 mm

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