Ferrari 296 GTB vs McLaren Artura: Italy-England 1-0

The year of birth of a new lineage of plug-in hybrid supercars is 2021, with the just unveiled Ferrari 296 GTB e McLaren Artura. Both two-seater coupes are equipped with a three-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and an electric motor that allows them to travel for several kilometers with zero emissions.

A curious convergence in terms of mechanics, performance and target customers makes the two supercars plug-in hybrid very similar, with the Italian winning the power (830 hp against the English’s 680 hp), but it is also be the most expensive (269,000 euros against 231,000 euros).

In short, this first match between Italy and England seems to end with the result of 1-0, a victory for Ferrari that must however be analyzed in detail, given that in some respects the British defends herself very well.

Style, size and weight – a good fight

Before starting with the numbers, power and performance, we want to make a quick comparison of size and style between the two hybrid supercars, both almost 4.5 meters long and less than 1.2 meters high.

Ferrari 296 GTB vs McLaren Artura
Ferrari 296 GTB vs McLaren Artura

The two coupes follow different stylistic schools, with the Ferrari 296 GTB embracing the principle of the “visor” passenger compartment that hides the front pillars and makes the rear ones massive, while the McLaren Artura remains linked to the style of the roof arch. continuous and curved from hood to tail.

Ferrari 296 GTB vs McLaren Artura
Ferrari 296 GTB vs McLaren Artura

It is also worth noting the absolute will of the two supercars to cleverly hide their aerodynamic refinements, giving up spoilers and spoilers separated from the rest of the bodywork.

Ferrari 296 GTB McLaren Artura
Length 4,56 m 4,53 m
Width 1,95 m 1,97 m
Height 1,18 m 1,19
Step 2,60 m 2,64 m
Tires 245/35 ZR20
305/35 ZR20
235/35 ZR19
295/35 R20
Dry weight 1.470 kg 1.395 kg
Weight / power ratio 1,77 kg/CV 2,04 kg/CV

The 19 “front and 20” rear wheels of the McLaren respond to the four 20 “wheels of the Ferrari. Also in terms of weight the two coupes are very close to 1.4 tons, with the Englishman who seems to have a small advantage in dry weight.

Ferrari 296 GTB vs McLaren Artura
Ferrari 296 GTB vs McLaren Artura

In the weight / power ratio, what tells us how many kilograms each horsepower must carry with it, we see that Ferrari is clearly ahead with its 1.77 kg / CV.

Twin engines, but the Ferrari is more powerful

If we talk about engines, the Ferrari 296 GTB and the McLaren Artura are practically twins, since they both mount a twin-turbo V6 of about three liters in the middle position coupled to an electric motor in the double-clutch automatic transmission. The drive is rear and both can travel between 25 and 30 km in 100% electric mode.

Ferrari 296 GTB
McLaren Artura

Where Ferrari clearly prevails is in the overall power of the hybrid powertrain which adds the 663 hp of the V6 to the 195 hp of the electric to touch the 830 CV. McLaren, on the other hand, manages to reach the 680 CV adding the 585 HP of the V6 to the 95 HP of the electric motor.

Ferrari 296 GTB McLaren Artura
Engine 3.0 V6 Biturbo + electric
(longitudinal central-posterior)
3.0 V6 Biturbo + electric
(central longitudinal)
Displacement 2.992 cc 2.993 cc
Cylinder configuration V6 120 ° V6 120 °
Power 830 CV a 8.000 giri/min 680 CV a 7.500 giri/min
Couple 740 Nm at 6,250 g / min 720 Nm at 2,250–7,000 g / min
Change Automatic 8-speed double clutch Automatic 8-speed double clutch
Traction Rear Rear

The electric part of the 296 GTB is therefore more powerful than that of the Artura and offers a greater boost to the thermal engine, even in terms of torque. Battery capacity, electric range and zero-emission top speed are virtually equal between the two challengers.

Ferrari 296 GTB McLaren Artura
Electric motor power 167 CV 95 CV
Torque electric motor 315 Nm 225 Nm
Battery capacity 7,45 kWh 7.4 kWh (net)
Electric autonomy 25 km 30 km
Maximum electric speed 135 km/h 130 km/h

Speed ​​and shot almost on par

The “over 330 km / h” of the Ferrari 296 GTB is contrasted by the electronically limited 330 km / h of the McLaren Artura which, even in the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h, is only beaten by a whisker: 3.0 seconds against 2, 9 seconds of the Italian.

Ferrari 296 GTB vs McLaren Artura
Ferrari 296 GTB vs McLaren Artura

The greater power of the Ferrari is also valid in the acceleration from 0 to 200 km / h in which it takes almost a second less than the McLaren. The braking system of the Italian, of the carbon-ceramic type as for the English one, then allows the car to be stopped in a space of less than 200 km / h.

Ferrari 296 GTB McLaren Artura
Full speed >330 km/h 330 km / h (electronically limited)
Acceleration 0-100 km / h 2.9 seconds 3.0 seconds
Acceleration 0-200 km / h 7.3 seconds 8.3 seconds
Braking distance 200-0 km / h 107 m 126 m

The Artura costs a little less

Finally, here we are at the price chapter that sees McLaren Artura prevail with its Italian base price list of 231,000 euros. The Ferrari 296 GTB instead has a base price of 269,000 euros which corresponds to 15% more than the English one.

To have the even more extreme and lightened Ferrari 296 GTB Assetto Fiorano, you need at least 302,000 euros.

Ferrari 296 GTB McLaren Artura
Base price in Italy 269.000 euro 231.000 euro

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