The Ferrari 296 GTB was officially revealed this morning making history as Ferrari’s first ever plug-in hybrid V6 car. Note that this is not Ferrari’s first ever plug-in hybrid ever; That title would go to the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.
Another claim that the 296 GTB can make is that it is the first V6-powered Ferrari since the legendary Dino of the late 60’s/early 70s. After the Dino, Ferrari switched to V8s and V12s in their road cars and never looked back, until now.
Ferrari 296 GTB Styling
The Ferrari 296 GTB is an absolutely beautiful car. It really does come off as an evolution of design language journey started by the 458 a decade ago. Ferrari’s rival Lamborghini shapes their cars from a collection of hard edges and geometric shapes.
The Ferrari 296 GTB is a excellent expression of Ferrari’s love of smooth curves. While we have nothing against edgy designs, we are partial to a curvy shape. Take from that what you will.
The side profile of the 296 is simplified and very much harkens back to the more sculpted designs of the 60s. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if Ferrari admitted that much of the 296’s design inspiration came from the Dino.
There is a little more going on in the rear of the car with the diffuser prominently featured and the flat rear deck leading eyes to the rear window. The taillights are understated and draws attention to the center mounted exhaust which is seamlessly integrated into the body lines.
Ferrari 296 GTB engine
The Ferrari 296 GTB is powered by a turbocharged 2.9 liter V6 engine that makes 663 horsepower on its own. That V6 is paired with a 167 horsepower electric motor which brings the grand total to 830 horsepower.
The 296 GTB is the first V6-powered Ferrari since the legendary Dino of the late 60’s/early 70s. After the Dino, Ferrari switched to V8s and V12s in their road cars and never looked back, until now.
We suspect that the advent of high-performance electric motors is one of the factors that led to Ferrari leaving a few cylinders behind in this model.
The “V” configuration of the 296 GTB’s engine is spread out to a wide 120° which makes room for both turbochargers to sit nestled between the cylinder banks. This helps keep things more compact when making room for the electric motor and other components.
The Ferrari 296 GTB shares the same 8-speed DCT transmission found in the SF90 Stradale, SF90 Spider, Ferrari Roma, and Ferrari Portofino M. The transmission helps translate the 545 ft-lbs of torque to the 296 GTB’s rear wheels.
Ferrari 296 GTB Assetto Fiorano package
For those looking for a more “racy” version of the 296 GTB can spring for the Assetto Fiorano package. The 296 GTB Assetto Fiorano has additional aerodynamic elements for increased downforce and reduced weight. The suspension is swapped out for adjustable coilovers derived from Ferrari GT race cars.
The Assetto Fiorano is equipped with a simplified, race-inspired interior. The standard seats are swapped out for carbon fiber shelled bucket seats with 5-point harnesses, and the door panels are replaced with light weight carbon fiber pieces without cloth inserts.
The wheels get wrapped in sticky Michelin Sport Cup2R performance tires and finally an exclusive silver and yellow color scheme can be had as an option. If the silver and yellow looks familiar that is likely because the 812 Competizione has a similar optional livery.
What do you think of the new Ferrari 296 GTB? Are they crazy for producing a V6 supercar? Or are smaller engine hybrid supercars the way of the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.