Ferrari 296 GTB To Be Launched On August 26
On August 26, Ferrari will introduce the 296 GTB in India. A brand-new hybrid V6 engine with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive arrangement powers the new sportscar from Maranello, Italy, which replaces the F8 Tributo.
The Gran Turismo Berlinetta appellation marks it as the newest in a long series of Ferrari sportscars that date back to the mid-1950s. The 296 GTB moniker refers to its 2,996cc, six-cylinder engine. Ferrari asserts that the 296 GTB is the company’s first six-cylinder-powered road vehicle; earlier versions were sold under the now-defunct Dino name.
The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine produces 654 horsepower, or 218 horsepower per litre, which is a production vehicle record. A 166 horsepower electric motor is connected to the engine, giving the system a total of 830 horsepower. Ferrari says that the 296 GTB’s combined torque output of 741Nm enables it to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (kph) in 2.9 seconds and reach a peak speed of more than 330 kph. An 8-speed automatic gearbox is used to transmit all of the power to the road.
Similar to the SF90 Stradale, it can go 42 km at speeds of up to 135 kph only on electricity thanks to the 7.45 kWh battery.
All other Ferraris have an “eManettino” switch on the steering wheel, but the Ferrari 296 GTB has four driving modes with varying degrees of electric power and regenerative braking: eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, and Qualify.
With the extreme, track-focused Assetto Fiorano pack and up to 100 kg more downforce than its predecessor without the pack, the Ferrari 296 GTB employs its active rear spoiler to produce up to 360 kg of downforce at 250 kph.
Ferrari claims that the B-pillar, rear haunches, and Kamm tail of 1963 250 LM served as a design influence. The J50 for the Japanese market and the unique P80/C are the sources of inspiration for the wraparound windshield.
The 296 GTB’s tech-heavy interior is reminiscent of the SF90 Stradale flagship. The concave dashboard part houses the steering wheel and digital instrument cluster, while the two side panels contain touch-capacitive buttons. The gearshift selector was created as an homage to the iconic Ferrari “H-gate” design.
Although prices for the plug-in hybrid sportscar have not yet been determined, they are anticipated to be more comparable to those of the F8 Tributo. Depending on the configuration, the waiting period for the 296 GTB will range from 8 to 18 months.
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