For the first time, Ferrari held a presentation for only a small group in Miami, and here we were lucky enough to test out the new 296 GTB, a model that represents a new era for Ferrari. The initials “GTB” stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta.
This new model stands out because it revolves around a V6 engine with hybrid technology. In the 296 GTB, it is the first Ferrari to fit a six-cylinder engine in nearly 50 years.
Its beautiful body and modern cabin styling make the 296 GTB an eye-catching car and certainly fits right into the classics of the legendary Italian brand.
The Ferrari 296 GTB brings a V6 turbo engine coupled with a plug-in hybrid system. The gasoline engine and electric motor combine to produce 819 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque.
This power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It has electric power steering and wire brake system.
This Ferrari is also capable of driving electric alone, with power drawn from a 6.0 kWh battery pack placed under the floor. It comes with four driving modes, eDrive, Hybrid, Performance and Qualify, providing increased performance features.
Its system is good for 47 MPGe, with a mix of city and highway driving, and its onboard battery can deliver about 8 miles of driving on electricity alone.
Like all Ferraris, it’s not for everyone to get in, but this model is easier than other models of the brand. It is very comfortable inside and you feel like you are the commander of a spaceship. Some Ferrari lovers will say that the extreme controls create an ergonomic nightmare, but for the new generation it is a miracle.
The comfortable seats and various interior surfaces are covered in Italian leather, showcasing the luxurious side of the imposing vehicle. Its center console features a push-button shifter inspired by Ferrari’s much-loved manual gearboxes of yesteryear.
The 296 GTB does not have a traditional infotainment system, as the functions of the audio and navigation systems are integrated into the digital instrument cluster. Smartphone integration is very easy.
The board has an all-digital interface derived from the SF90. It has a front display built into the top of the front panel. For a former Ferrari owner, the system is quite complex to use, so there are moments of learning. But as the minutes passed and I set off, I was able to measure his pulse.
The 296GTB comes with airbags and a backup camera, but this is a car made for driving enthusiasts, so Ferrari hasn’t equipped it with any driver assistance technology that could hinder its performance.
on the highway
The turbocharged V6 engine with the hybrid system is pure power, even if you can’t hear it, but you can feel it louder at the touch of a button, it’s a clear Ferrari. All that power is sent to the rear wheels, which combined with the 296 GTB’s compact size and relatively light weight make it a fun machine to drive.
The automatic transmission system is very simple, and its 8-speed dual-clutch transmission doesn’t even feel like a motor when in hybrid or electric mode.
The test was, of course, a ride from Bal Harbor to West Palm Beach, without speeding, where I enjoyed every minute and let some of them pass, fingering up to say hello depending on how they were feeling. .
I’ve driven several Ferraris in my life and this one is different. For the new generation who is into electronics and doesn’t like to use the stick to change gears. The 296 GTB is a relatively comfortable Ferrari in every way.
The Ferrari 296 GTB is the start of a new trend for the brand, which is starting to embrace the shift to electrification with smaller displacement engines and hybrid integration as the global automotive industry enters the transition.
The fact that it’s hybrid and has a smaller engine makes the 296 GTB a next-generation Ferrari and is just as worthy of a car as its V8 and V12 powered brethren.
Price: Base price starting at $322,986
Consumption: 47 MPGe in the city
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