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Ferrari 296 GTB domestic debut

Ferrari unveils a plug-in hybrid

By Marl GorePublished 5 months ago 5 min read

According to the official reveal, Ferrari 296 GTB debuted and announced the price. The new car is equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.9 L twin-turbo V6 engine and electric motor, with a range of 30 km in pure electric mode, an official 0-100km/h acceleration time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 350 km/h.

The 296 GTB, a product of the Ferrari Design Center, is the most compact Berlinetta model to be launched in the last decade. These configurations together give the 296 GTB a pure cockpit silhouette and shape the visual appearance of the car.

The 296 GTB's rear three-quarters are the best expression of its extraordinary beauty and performance. The clean lines of the roof, the flying wall structure, and the powerful side wings emphasize the integrated design of the body and cabin. The entire cabin is wrapped in the contours of the body, creating a compact and cohesive visual effect.

The 296 GTB's clean, simple and condensed front line is the result of a careful study of the front geometry. Compared to the previous mid-rear engine V8 models, the front of the 296 GTB is more tapered. Seen from above, the apex of the front wing outlines the entire front body of the 296 GTB and bisects the headlight assembly in a sleek and elegant form.

The design of the headlights is inspired by the "teardrop" headlights of previous models. In the 296 GTB, this styling theme is illustrated by the two "streamlined teardrop" headlights, which are set like jewels at the front of the 296 GTB. The "teardrop" headlamps and daytime running lights, together with the brake caliper inlets, form the signature design of the 296 GTB's front end.

The ultra-modernist rear wing has a memorable flying wall design. At its end, the hood takes on a unique three-dimensional glass shape. Through the hood, the design elements in the same color as the bodywork are visible, an iconic design that Le Mans is proud of, dating back to the Ferrari Testarossa and F355 GTB models.

Another highlight of the 296 GTB's rear styling is the Kamm tail design, derived from the Ferrari 250 LM, which extends from the bodywork to emphasize the compactness of the car. The upper end of the rear styling also includes a horizontal design element consisting of taillights and a foldable spoiler. When the taillights are off, a thin "black screen" line runs horizontally through the entire rear end. When the taillights are on, two light strips appear on each side of the rear. The designers have achieved a modern interpretation of the traditional twin-round taillights by incorporating additional lighting functions through two semi-circular recesses on the rear surface below the side turn signals.

The 296 GTB features a single central exhaust pipe: a very modern style. The exhaust pipe is seamlessly integrated into the lower part of the bumper and extends upwards to the taillights on both sides, perfectly emphasizing the horizontal vision of the rear of the car. The center wing, which is concealed between the two taillights, forms the overall design of the rear end. This integrated solution combines powerful versatility, technology, and design, and ensures optimal aerodynamics without compromising on design purity.

The 296 GTB is equipped with new alloy wheels with a double-spoke design for a sporty, sculptural, and shiny look. The new car is also available with five-spoke forged wheels with a diamond-cut surface. Each of the five main spokes corresponds to a dynamic curved element, which creates grooves between them and serves to improve the exhaust function of the wheel arches.

The cockpit of the 296 GTB is equipped with a set of fully digital interaction interfaces, a new design concept that first debuted on the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. This interior layout draws inspiration from the SF90 Stradale and maintains a uniform style.

When the engine is switched off, the dashboard in the cockpit goes "black", and once the capacitive start button is triggered, all the electronic accessories are activated one by one. The main instrument panel is embedded in the control panel, and the steering wheel and instrument panel are integrated into two visible support structures that gradually blend into the panel. Two additional accessories are located on either side, each with its capacitive touch area and vents. The passenger side is very minimalist, with only the standard passenger display.

The rather sculptural door panels continue the style of the control panel in terms of material and color. The central circular relief section takes on a three-dimensional, deep diamond-shaped scoop. The architecture gives the entire door panel a very light look that blends in with the rear trim. As for the center console, the shift paddles blend the modern design of the SF90 Stradale with classic style. There is also a special compartment for storing the car keys with the LeMars logo.

Ferrari's philosophy of purity is also reflected in the Head-Up Display, which is seamlessly integrated into the leather fabric. The design of the speakers follows the same principle. Instead of metal, the designers opted for a thermoplastic housing in the same color as the control panel.

Powering the new car is a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 2.9 L twin-turbo V6 engine and electric motor, with a combined system power of 610 kW and peak torque of 740 N-m, and a 7.45 kWh battery pack that provides 30 km of pure electric range. The transmission is matched with an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 350 km/h.


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Marl Gore

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