That is the brand new Ferrari 296 GTB, the Italian model’s entry-level supercar to take a seat beneath the F8 Tributo and a rival to the just lately unveiled plug-in hybrid McLaren Artura.
The 296 GTB is additionally the primary six-cylinder street automotive from Ferrari because the Dino 246 GT was launched again in 1974 – and it is bristling with expertise designed to ship gorgeous efficiency with as small an environmental impression as potential.
Ferrari hasn’t but confirmed a UK-specific worth for the 296 GTB. In mainland Europe, costs will begin from €269,000 which interprets to round £230,000 below the present change price. Left-hand drive fashions will attain patrons in Spring 2022, with UK vehicles anticipated later within the 12 months.
We’ll begin with the powertrain. It’s a plug-in hybrid system based mostly round a twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6, which produces a complete of 819bhp and 740Nm of torque. Ferrari says that’s sufficient for a 0-62mph time of two.9 seconds and a prime pace of greater than 205mph.
The V6 is a clean-sheet design, too. It has a 120-degree V-angle, which helps permit for the “hot-vee” turbocharger configuration, with the compressors mounted within the valley created by the V6’s two cylinder banks. Ferrari says this improves efficiency, whereas additionally reducing the supercar’s centre of gravity, which advantages dealing with.
As an apart, Ferrari additionally boasts that its new V6 unit has the very best particular output of any manufacturing engine at the moment on sale. With out electrical help, the unit produces 654bhp, which interprets to 218bhp per litre of displacement.
For comparability, the earlier document holder was the Mercedes-AMG A forty five S sizzling hatchback, which mustered 208bhp per litre from its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.
What’s extra, in contrast to most outrageously highly effective hybrid supercars, (such because the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari SF90 Stradale), the 296 GTB is rear-wheel drive solely. It solely has one electrical motor, which is sandwiched between the engine and an eight-speed computerized gearbox.
In an effort to make the automotive as nimble as potential, Ferrari has additionally fitted a comparatively small 7.45kWh battery pack, which provides a most pure-electric vary of 25km (round 15 miles).
New 2021 Ferrari 296 GTB: chassis and platform
To regulate the engine’s immense energy, the 296 GTB’s chassis is bursting with expertise, similar to fly-by-wire brakes and magnetically managed adaptive dampers. Ferrari has additionally slashed the automotive’s wheelbase by 50mm in contrast with earlier mid-engined berlinettas, which it says has improved its cornering means, made potential partly by the shorter engine.
In actual fact, the brand new V6 engine ought to have a huge impact on the 296 GTB’s dealing with, because it’s 30kg lighter than Ferrari’s outdated 3.9-litre V8 unit. The entire automotive weighs simply 1,470kg, and regardless that that’s 75kg greater than the McLaren Artura (which makes use of a carbon fibre chassis), the 296 GTB’s 148bhp energy benefit ought to greater than make up the distinction.
There’s additionally a brand new six-way chassis dynamic sensor and the newest traction management software program, which is fitted with the newest model of Ferrari’s Facet Slip Management system. The software program takes inputs from the chassis sensors and may estimate the quantity of grip on the rear tyres to offer simply sufficient help to maintain the automotive in a managed slide.
For a extra focussed expertise, Ferrari additionally provides an non-obligatory Assetto Fiorano package deal which bumps up the price-tag to €302,000 (roughly £260,000) and provides additional carbon fibre trim, tougher GT racing-derived shock absorbers and a few redesigned panels, which lead to a 12kg weight discount.
Patrons can even specify a few non-obligatory extras with the Assetto Fiorano package deal, together with a livery impressed by the traditional Ferrari 250 Le Mans, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres and a light-weight Lexan rear display screen, which hacks an additional 3kg off the automotive’s kerbweight.
Lurking beneath the 296 GTB’s panels is a community of air channels and ducts, together with Ferrari’s “tea-tray” splitter, which pushes air below the automotive’s nostril in direction of the GTB’s aggressive rear diffuser.
There’s additionally an energetic rear spoiler which pops out of the rear deck and supplies 100kg of downforce by itself. In complete, Ferrari says the 296 GTB can generate 360kg of downforce at 155mph when geared up with the Assetto Fiorano package deal.
New 2021 Ferrari 296 GTB: inside design
The 296 GTB’s cabin is an evolution of the idea launched with the SF90 Stradale. The 2 vehicles share the identical stage of expertise, however Ferrari says its designers aimed to present the GTB’s inside a extra subtle, minimalist look.
Because of this, the centre console shares the identical fashionable interpretation of the traditional H-gate shifter discovered on the SF90, though the dashboard has few creases and vents. Nevertheless, Ferrari has retained the identical driver-focussed lighting and local weather controls panels on both facet of the instrument cluster.
The steering wheel options all the same old Ferrari trinketry, such because the trademark manettino drive mode selector, paddle shifters and buttons for the symptoms. The passenger-side dashboard additionally will get an additional show, which exhibits info together with engine revs, pace and the present gear.
Within the subsequent 4 years, the Ferrari 296 GTB might be joined by the corporate’s first EV and the Purosangue SUV. All three vehicles might be key pillars of the Italian model’s electrification technique – and it’s potential that the Purosangue might use the identical hybrid V6 engine because the 296.
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