The Ferrari 296 GTB introduces a new hybrid era within the prancing horse sports cars. This new PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Ferrari is fitted with a turbocharged V6 engine. In fact, you read that well: the V6 (last seen in a Dino) is back in the family. Text: Luca W. © Images, video: Ferrari S.p.A. ©

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296: the combination of 2’992 cc and 6 cylinders followed by the legendary Gran Turismo Berlinetta acronym: GTB.

The Ferrari 296 GTB internal combustion engine is a V6!

In here, we are joyful of the V6 return and Ferrari didn’t just sit around.

The new engine is a 3.0-liter, 120°, turbocharged mid rear engine delivering 654 hp by itself. Considering the engine displacement and the power output, the ratio might be really high. Something like we never have seen before. A small calculation shows that the new Ferrari V6 engine is delivering 218,58 hp/liter, which is a new world record. For a couple of years, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG held that record with 208,43 hp/liter. Now, Mercedes just lost the crown of the “best” engine ever made.

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Some of you might ask why the engine has 120° opening, and you’re right to wonder. In order to get a dense and efficient engine, Maranello’s engineers decided to fit the turbos inside the V. Naturally, compacting elements also improve weight distribution.

Of course, the Ferrari 296 GTB isn’t all about combustion and is also an electric car, capable of travelling a distance of 25 km (15.5 miles) in full electric. Yet, the electric power can also provide additional power: 165 hp to be precise. Combined with the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine), the 296 GTB delivers a cosmic power output of 819 hp and a torque of 714 Nm to the rear wheels through an 8-speed dual clutch gearbox. The “small” supercar joins now the hybrid (small) supercar family with the Acura NSX and the McLaren Artura (PHEV).

High-end performance as usual

Ferrari tends to trivialize road car performance, especially with their engine. However, Ferrari didn’t cool off on other aspects of the 296 GTB. The Berlinetta is announced to exercise the 0-100 kph in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 kph in 7.3 seconds. Top speed is announced at 330 kph.

With that amount of power and torque, there was little risk the 296 GTB could do worse, knowing what electricity can do. Yet, the car weighs only 1’470 kg, 7 kilos heavier than a Golf 8 GTI. This incredible power/weight ratio (1.8 kg/hp) allows the 296 GTB to be 1.5 seconds faster than the F8 Tributo around the Fiorano track.

A design inspired by the past

…che trova validi riferimenti in vetture come la 250 LM del 1963, perfetto connubio tra semplicità e funzionalità.


“…that finds references in cars like the 1963 250 LM, a perfect combination between simplicity and functionality.”

Looking at the rear of the car, especially the B-pillar and the rear window, it is clear that designers took the 250 LM as a template to sketch the 296 GTB. Actually, it might give us a little hint about the Ferrari LMH program: a V6 engine and a 250 LM design. Is the Ferrari 296 GTB the basis for the Ferrari Le Mans Hypercar? After being wandering, we also found a little wink to the Ferrari 288 GTO (Ferrari’s first supercar), with the tinted body-work standing on the hood/bonnet.

Outside, the car looks similar to the SF1000, although slimmer. Still, it also can be equipped with the Assetto Fiorano kit, including aerodynamic and weight optimization. This kit also adds to the 296 GTB Multimatic dampers, taken from the Competizioni GT cars, carbon fiber elements and of course, a 250 Le Mans inspired livery.

Is it worth the price?

Taking into account the performance and technology of the 296 GTB, its price should fit between the F8 Tributo and the SF90 Stradale. On point: the entry trim of the new Ferrari V6 Hybrid supercar costs $321,400 – €264,721 – CHF295,000. The Assetto Fiorano pack adds $36,000 to the table.

Do customers really have a choice in this category? Except the Acura NSX (573hp — $157’500) and the McLaren Artura (671hp — $272,000), there is very little competition.

Ferrari 296 GTB specs

Engine3.0-liter, 120°, turbocharged V6
Power/torque819 hp / 740 Nm (547ft-lbs)
Weight1470 kg (3120 lb)
Power/weight ratio1.79 kg/hp (3.81 lb/hp)
Fuel consumption6.4 l/100km (44 mpg)
Transmission8-speed dual clutch gearbox
Top speed330 kph (205mph)
Acceleration (0-100 kph / 0-62 mph)2.9 seconds
Price$321,400 (€264,721 – £230,000 – CHF295,000)

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