Ferrari 296 GTB with V6 powered engine is finally revealed. After years of speculation, Ferrari has finally unveiled the V-6-powered car. This doesn’t look like a replacement to its mid-engine F8 Tributo supercar. Dubbed the 296 GTB, the car is powered by an all-new 120-degree twin-turbo V-6 paired with hybrid assistance. It makes a total of 818 horsepower and 545 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a totally new design scheme. Moreover, a eight-speed dual-clutch transmission sending power to the rear wheels. This is the future of Ferrari.
As per Ferrari, the 654-horsepower engine, according to the company, sports the highest specific output of any production motor. Virtually every part has been developed from a clean sheet to push the power levels even farther than the twin-turbo V-8 units found on cars such as the SF90 Stradale and the F8 Tributo.
There’s a new aluminium block and aluminium heads, as well as a 5000-psi injector system to optimize the fuel-to-air mixture inside the cylinder. The IHI turbochargers, nestled between the wide “vee” of the V-6, have also been redesigned, and can now spin at a maximum of 180,000 rpm.
The Electric drivetrain
Sandwiched between the engine and the gearbox is an electric motor capable of producing 164 horsepower all by itself. Derived from Ferrari’s F1 program, the MGU-K (Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic) is powered by a floor-mounted 7.45 kWh battery, and can drive the car up to 15.5 miles without help from the internal combustion engine. To help make that happen, there’s a clutch called the Transition Manager Actuator (TMA) sitting between the two that can connect and disconnect the electric motor from the V-6 depending on the situation.
The eight-speed gearbox is the same ultra-quick-shifting unit found in the SF90 Stradale, Roma, and Portofino M. It is responsible for putting all 818 horsepower to the rear wheels. It utilizes an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. Together, the drivetrain can get the car from 0-62 in a claimed 2.9 seconds, and up to a top speed over 205 mph. The 296 can lap Fiorano in just 1:21—1.5 seconds quicker than its predecessor.
Design-wise, the 296 GTB represents a big step away from the mean, aggressive-looking cars we expect from Maranello. The exterior body has been smoothed-over, with minimal creases and crevasses throughout the exterior. Also, the shorter wheelbase allowed for a more timeless, elegant design without designers having to reach for extremes. Predominantly, you’ll see a new headlight design that incorporates brake ducting right into the assembly. Also, for the first time in this segment for Ferrari, an active wing in the rear. Ferrari claims that it can produce up to 793 pounds of downforce at 155 mph.
The 296 GTB inherits its drive modes from the SF90 Stradale. Drivers will be able to choose between eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, and Qualify modes. eDrive delivers a purely electric drive with a top speed of 83 mph, while Hybrid mode can run the engine, but focuses on efficiency. In Performance mode, the engine is always on to maintain the battery’s charge, making sure full power is always available. Qualify, as you’ve probably already guessed, drops any efficiency for maximum performance (at the cost of lower battery recharging).
Apart from the drive-modes, many other features are also derived from the SF90-stradale. The interior takes much of its styling from the 986-horsepower supercar as well. There’s a fully digital instrument cluster and capacitive-touch buttons throughout.
Track lovers will be pleased to know Ferrari will be offering a performance-oriented Assetto Fiorano package on the 296 GTB, just like it does on the SF90 Stradale. Tick this option box, and you get Multimatic shock absorbers, a Lexan rear windscreen, new lightweight door panels, and a host of carbon fiber trim pieces on both the exterior and interior for a total weight savings of 26 pounds. Assetto Fiorano buyers can also option an even lighter Lexan rear window to bump weight savings to 33 pounds, and Michelin Cup 2 R tires for ultimate track day performance.
Ferrari 296 GTB Price
Ferrari hasn’t officially revealed when deliveries of the 296 GTB will start. But we expect early examples to begin reaching customers’ hands by early 2022. As for pricing, we predict it’ll be slightly higher than the F8 Tributo’s current starting MSRP of $277,000 (USD).