Ferrari isn’t afraid to try something new, as proven by the 296GTB and 296GTS, which pair a mid-mounted turbocharged V-6 with a—gasp!—electric motor. The resulting hybrid powertrain is not only wildly powerful, making a combined 819 horsepower, but it also sounds wonderfully melodic. Sure, the 296 doesn’t belt out the same arias as the Italian automaker’s high-revving V-8s and V-12s, but it nonetheless bodes well for a future when electrification is expected to become more common than internal combustion. If the 296 coupe (GTB) and convertible (GTS) are any indication, Ferrari hasn’t forgotten how to make absolutely stunning sports cars that have you thinking you must be in automotive nirvana. The 296 GTB that we drove also confirmed that, even though it was laden with all manner of high-tech aids, it’s still a phenomenal machine that drivers of all skill sets can exploit. It might not sound exactly like exotic Ferraris of old but as the 296 shows, new ingredients don’t always ruin a famous recipe.
Behind the 296’s cockpit lives a turbocharged V-6 that pairs with a plug-in-hybrid system. Together the gas engine and an electric motor combine to produce a whopping 819 horsepower that’s sent exclusively to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Both coupe and convertible are capable of driving on electricity alone with power drawn from a 6.0-kWh battery pack located under the floor. The 8500-rpm redline provides a visceral driving experience, as we learned during our first drive of the 296GTB coupe; with the top down in the 296GTS, the feeling is even more heightened with the wind ruffling your hair at triple-digit speeds. We also experienced its exhilarating acceleration and the ability to easily probe the limits of its lofty performance.
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- VehicleRed Ferrari 296
- Wheel Style / Config.Brixton Forged VL4 Targa Series
- Wheel FinishBrushed / Polished Oxford Gold
- Wheel SizeFront: 21" / Rear: 22"
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