The 296 GTS represents the evolution of Ferrari’s classic, sweeping Berlinetta design concept. This model is powered by the marque’s new 120degree V6 engine – but here’s the ground-breaking part – coupled with a plug-in electric motor. This is the future of performance cars, right here.
Aside from the Dino Spyder 246, the new 296 GTS is the first true road-going Ferrari V6 convertible. It runs on the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain as the Berlinetta, giving the GTS 610kw at 8,000rpm and 740Nm of torque.
The immense power of this beauty is pushed through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to the rear wheels only – unlike Ferrari’s other hybrid supercar, perhaps the 296’s big brother – the four-wheel drive SF90. In spite of this, the car’s 0-100 sprint time remains unchanged at 2.9 seconds, with top speed also at a whopping 330kmph.
Weighing in at 1540kg, the Ferrari 296 GTS is 70kg heavier than its GTB sibling. That weight is attributed to the roof mechanism and the required extra structural reinforcements. In terms of handling and overall balance, Ferrari promises “class-leading levels of driver engagement”. The shorter wheelbase and lighter V6 engine, and chassis that is optimised to ensure torsional rigidity and bending stiffness are superior to previous spider models.
Ferrari talks about the fun-to-drive factor of their cars. This is measured by five factors:
- Lateral acceleration: determining response to steering wheel inputs; in other words, the fast (immediate?) reaction of the rear axle to steering inputs, and therefore, handling.
- Longitudinal acceleration: the speed and smoothness of the response to the accelerator pedal.
- Gear shifting in terms of shift times and feeling of coherent progression through the gears with every change.
- Braking: how the brake pedal feels in terms of travel and response.
- Sound levels and cabin quality.
We can’t wait to get our hands on one fo these for a proper test drive. Remember to check Surf4cars regularly for breaking motoring news and the latest car reviews.