Why we love the 2022 Ferrari 296 GTB

Ferrari’s latest production series is the most unique Maranello ever. The Ferrari 296 GTB is the most powerful model in the series to date. The supercar has a twin-turbo V6 and is also a hybrid. Ferrari claims the 296 GTB is the first V6-engined model in its history. However, if you like to be pedantic, the Dino 246 GT that was last seen in 1974 was a Ferrari with a V6 engine. However, the 296 GTB is also a plug-in hybrid model, and it’s undisputedly the first. All of this may upset some purists, but it is claimed to be as exciting as any other Ferrari before. We delve into the details and highlight all the things we love about the new Ferrari 296 GTB.

The stunning look of the 296 GTB

One look at the 296 GTB and jaws hit the ground. Some say he looks like the love child of the iconic Ferrari Roma and the epic supercar SF90. The V296’s LED headlights are stylish and very compact. DRLs sit on the insides with a cooling duct underneath. The slim and wide front grille is located at the bottom.

Along the side, the 296 GTB doesn’t look too dramatic. The nose drops sharply like most modern supercars. The rear features bulging wheel arches that sweep down and then swoop up, a design element that pays homage to Ferrari’s winning sports cars of the past. The car is based on a beautiful set of 20-inch wheels. The look is what you’d expect from a classic Italian berlinetta (coupe).

At the rear are four square-shaped LED taillights with a bespoke design. The large, raised exhaust outlet is located under the galloping horse logo. Below are high-gravity-style diffusers that help provide rear downforce. The 296 GTB also features a hidden rear spoiler that only appears when needed at high speeds.

With the way the 296 GTB looks, you can’t help but fall in love with the new Ferrari.

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The 296 GTB has a stunning driver-focused interior

Step into the cabin of the 296 GTB, and you will be greeted with a typical driver-centric cockpit, finished as beautifully as any Ferrari. However, in the 296, the dash is completely devoid of any buttons or switches. It doesn’t even have a touch screen infotainment system. The 296th engine was specifically designed to be driven.

However, if you want to use navigation or multimedia, you can still do so with our fully digital driver gauges suite. The Ferrari-style steering wheel with buttons has been updated and is now simpler. While the power off button and Ferrari Manettino key remain, the other keys are now touch-sensitive buttons instead. The Manettino features new driving modes called E-Drive, Hybrid, Performance and Qualification. Everything in the cabin has been designed to ensure that a person feels more private when behind the wheel.

The 296 GTB is Ferrari’s first plug-in hybrid six-cylinder

The new engine is what made the headlines. The 296 GTB features a new 2.9-liter V6 with a twin-turbocharged engine paired with an electric motor. The engine is much smaller than the V8 used in the outgoing F8 Tributo. However, the full package still provides much more power. Ferrari claims the 296 GTB produces more than 840 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the SF90’s all-wheel drive setup, all that power from the 296 GTB is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. These engine performance figures are comparable to the 2003 championship-winning Ferrari V10 driven by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Now that says something.

It’s certainly not as light as an F1 car, and the SF90 supercar is faster. Ferrari claims the 296 GTB will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and go to an impressive top speed of 205 mph. Even more impressive is that the Ferrari can drive up to 15 miles using electric power alone, drawing power from a 7.45 kWh battery.

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296 GTB can get more privacy

The model 296 GTB has a price tag of about $300,000. Ferrari also offers an optional Assetto Fiorano package that adds more carbon fiber making it lighter, special suspension tuning, and an option for a special race-inspired paint job. A set of super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires is also part of the package.

However, Ferrari is expected to introduce a track-oriented version of the 296 GTB soon if its track record is up to the mark. We can’t wait to see what they can do with the new V6 hybrid powertrain.

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