Ferrari has introduced its first six-cylinder engine on a road-going model since the seventies, which is another electrified sports car, the new 296 GTB. Designed to slot into the range above the F8 Tributo, Ferrari says it’s the most fun to drive car in their product range. Making it the Ferrari First turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 Engine, which is also the answer to the McLaren Artura.
With the loss of two cylinders which might sound like a power downgrade, but that’s hardly the case once you factor in the plug-in hybrid system. Giving 218 horsepower per liter, Ferrari claims it has set a new specific power output record for a road-going production car. The gasoline engine alone develops 654 hp, and with the help of the electric motor, the new 296 GTB offers a total output of 818 hp (610 kW) and 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) of torque. making the 296 substantially more powerful than the 710 hp F8 Tributo, or 671 hp McLaren Artura hybrid.
It borrows the latest combustion chamber development from its bigger brother, the SF90 Stradale, and makes use of all-new IHI turbochargers that work at up to 180,000 rpms. The electrically-assisted punch of 164 hp (122 kW) provided by the rear e-motor enables a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 2.9 seconds to match the F8. The sprint to 124 mph (200 km/h) takes 7.3 seconds or half a second quicker than the Tributo. Flat out, it will do in excess of 205 mph (330 km/h), which is slightly lower than the conventionally powered V8 supercar.
Ferrari says that’s sufficient to get the rear-wheel drive 296 to 62mph in 2.9 seconds and to 124mph in 7.3 seconds. For reference, the F8 Tributo needed 2.9 and 7.6 seconds to reach the same speeds. Find enough space and keep the right peal pinned and you’ll see 205mph on the all-digital gauge pack. Ferrari says the 296 can lap its Fiorano track in 1 minute 21 seconds, a 1.5-second improvement on the F8.
You are probably wondering how much the car weighs after adding the PHEV setup. It has a dry weight of 1,470 kilograms (3,241 pounds) provided it’s fitted with the optional Assetto Fiorano package. It encompasses more carbon fiber inside and out along with a Lexan rear window, plus Michelin Sport Cup 2 R tires and a special livery serving as a nod to the 250 Le Mans. It’s only 35 kg (77 lbs) heavier than the F8 Tributo while carrying an extra 75 kg (165 lbs) over the dry weight of the Artura in its lightest form.
The interior is similarly restrained, and very definitely driver focused, with no sign of the large console-mounted touchscreens fitted to most modern cars. Even the shape of the dashboard a long horizontal form almost unconnected to the transmission tunnel is reminiscent of the original V6 Dino’s dashboard from the 1970s, and the retro-look gear selector lifted from the SF90 mimics the looks of a classic open-gate shifter.
The New Ferrari 296 GTB will cost €269,000 (equivalent to $321,000/£231,000), and the first cars should be with European customers in early 2022, with U.S. cars arriving later that year.