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Ferrari 296 GTB officially launched

The most compact Berlinetta model

By JabbPublished 2 years ago 4 min read

Recently, we photographed a set of Ferrari 296 GTB actual cars pictures at Ferrari's dealership. The new car has already made its debut in China and announced the model price. The new car is equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.9L 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. It is reported that the new car will be officially delivered worldwide at the end of 2021.

The 296 GTB is a product of Ferrari's Design Center and 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 clean and simple lines of the 296 GTB's front are the result of a careful study of the geometry of the front end. Compared to the previous mid-rear engine V8 models, the 296 GTB has a more tapered front. 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 two "streamlined teardrop" headlamps, 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, elements of the same color as the bodywork can be seen, a signature design that Leapfrog is proud of, dating back to the Ferrari Testarossa and F355 GTB models.

The 296 GTB has a single central exhaust: 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 instrument panel in the cockpit goes "black", and once the capacitive start button is triggered, all electronic accessories are activated one by one. The main instrument panel is embedded in the control panel, and the steering wheel and dashboard 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 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 Le Man's logo.

Ferrari's philosophy of purity is also reflected in the Head-Up Display, which is seamlessly integrated into the leather. 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 2.9L 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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