There’s one good reason not to want a Ferrari 296 GTB: the 296 GTS

Under the skin, the just unveiled Ferrari 296 GTS is almost identical to the 296 GTB. This means that a centrally placed three-liter V6 with two turbos works closely with an electric motor. The latter adds 167 hp to the 663 hp six-cylinder, which brings the combined power to 830 hp.

There's one good reason not to want a Ferrari 296 GTB: the 296 GTS

Ferrari 296 GTS drives 25 km electrically

We don’t know exactly how Ferrari did it, but the relatively compact V6 sounds great. Unfortunately, nowadays there are also people who have nothing to do with combustion engines. Therefore: if you leave early in the morning and you woke If you don’t want to wake up your neighbors – those of the cargo bike – you can choose to drive purely electrically. And then hope your driveway isn’t too long, because the electric range of the Ferrari 296 GTS is only 25 kilometers. This is because the battery has a meager capacity of 7.4 kWh. The top speed in electric mode is 135 km/h.

Roof splits in two

During those first electric kilometers you can use the retractable hard top leave us alone. But as soon as the V6 takes over, the roof has to come off. You do that with the push of a button and it only takes 14 seconds. You don’t even have to stop for it. Unless you drive faster than 45 km/h. Nice: when folding down, the roof plate divides itself in two and nestles itself above the engine. Then a glass screen rises behind your back. This keeps the journey in check for the occupants.

There's one good reason not to want a Ferrari 296 GTB: the 296 GTS

Formula 1 associations

Then the accelerator can go to the bottom, ice and uncle cop serving. Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., that means at least 2.9 seconds of fun, because it doesn’t take longer than that to reach 100 km/h. If you exhaust the Ferrari 296 GTS at our eastern neighbours, you can try whether it indeed reaches 0-200 in the promised 7.6 counts. And while you’re at it, test the top speed right away. According to Ferrari it is only at 330 km/h Ending.

When operating the equalizer that determines the soundtrack, Ferrari’s sound engineers set the treble slider quite high. As the speed increases, you occasionally even get associations with old-fashioned whining Formula 1 cars. With the roof off, you’re guaranteed to have goosebumps all the time – and that’s not from the cold.

There's one good reason not to want a Ferrari 296 GTB: the 296 GTS
There's one good reason not to want a Ferrari 296 GTB: the 296 GTS

830 hp on the rear wheels

The fact that the hybrid battery is rather small has the disadvantage that you can only drive it electrically for a small part. There is also an advantage: the weight is also limited. Ferrari has limited the extra kilos that the reinforcements of the open bodywork entail by using a lot of carbon fiber. The 296 GTS is only about 100 kg heavier than its closed brother, which brings the total weight (dry) to 1540 kg.

There's one good reason not to want a Ferrari 296 GTB: the 296 GTS
There's one good reason not to want a Ferrari 296 GTB: the 296 GTS

This way, the typical Ferrari light-footedness is not endangered. In fact: together with the 296 GTB, the 296 GTS is perhaps the finest handling Ferrari ever. It sounds scary, 830 hp on the rear wheels only, but a limited slip differential keeps the chassis in check and extra aerodynamic tricks provide extra downforce.

Prices Ferrari 296

It is still unclear how much the Ferrari 296 GTS will cost more in the Netherlands than the 296 GTB (301,848 euros). But if we take into account the price difference between the Ferrari F8 Tributo (EUR 301.832) and F8 Spider (EUR 329,346), we expect it to remain on the right side of the EUR 330,000 … As a dream millionaire, we say: “That surcharge of 10 percent does not matter in this class and is not a reason to opt for the closed Ferrari 296!”

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