Despite its smooth lines, the 296 GTB still develops up to 360 kg of aerodynamic downforce at 250 km / h, thanks to its active aerodynamic systems, with the optional Assetto Fiorano pack (350 kg without). It also causes the car to lose 15 kg thanks to the more massive use of lightweight materials and includes adjustable shocks and Michelin Sport Cup 2 R semi-slick tires.
A plug-in hybrid mechanism that is beyond comprehension
In the central-rear position, we therefore find a twin-turbo V6 capable of taking 8,500 rpm. Open at 120 °, it integrates its two turbos in its V, for the first time at Ferrari, as Mercedes-AMG does for example on its V8s. On its own, this V6 already develops 663 hp, or 221 hp / l of displacement, a record for a production car.
However, Ferrari seems to have deemed this power insufficient, as the brand’s engineers have resorted to hybridization. Thus, an electric motor adds up to 122 kW (167 hp) and 315 Nm of torque. It alone propels the 296 GTB up to 135 km / h and gives it an electric range of 25 km, thanks to a 7.45 kWh battery integrated into the floor.
Unlike its big sister with a V8 engine, the SF90 Stradale, which has two additional electric motors on its front axle, the 296 GTB is strictly propulsion. All of its power is therefore sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The maximum cumulative power reaches 830 hp, for a maximum torque of 740 Nm. The 296 GTB is therefore placed in the range between the 720 hp of the F8 Tributo (twin-turbo V8) and the 1,000 hp of the SF90 Stradale (V8 twin -turbo with rechargeable hybridization). The 296 GTB is also intended to complete the range and therefore does not replace the F8 Tributo, which was only presented in 2019. On the competition side, the McLaren Artura, just presented, is also doing use of a plug-in hybrid engine equipped with a twin-turbo V6. However, it announces “only” 680 hp of maximum cumulative power.
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On the scale, the 296 GTB displays a dry mass of 1470 kg with the optional Assetto Fiorano pack (1485 kg without). In addition to the traditional Manettino, allowing you to select your driving mode, an eManettino allows you to adjust the plug-in hybrid engine. The eDrive mode allows you to drive on electricity alone, the Hybrid mode is the default driving mode, automatically controlling the two energies, the Performance mode keeps the gasoline engine on continuously and the Qualify mode allows maximum use of the fuel. electric assistance, necessarily over a shorter period.
The performances announced are obviously breathtaking, with a maximum speed of more than 330 km / h, the 0 to 100 km / h shot in just 2.9 s, or a time of 1 min 21 s on the Fiorano circuit, passage mandatory for all new Ferraris. This is 1.5 s less than the F8 Tributo and 2 s more than the SF90 Stradale.
A clean interior
If we can not really speak of revolution since the 458 Italia, Ferrari has all the same made evolve the interior of its supercars, in particular with the arrival of the SF90 Stradale. Like the latter, the 296 GTB has “digital” instrumentation and capacitive controls. A head-up display system is also available, as is the now traditional passenger screen.