Ferrari 296 GTB Hybrid – The 1st Modern V6 Ferrari

Why is it called the Ferrari 296 GTB? The name comes from the engine displacement of 2.9 liters plus 6 cylinders. GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta. Hence, the new Ferrari is aptly named the 296 GTB.

The last time Ferrari manufactured a 6 cylinder supercar was in the 1960’s. And like the cars of the 60’s, the 296 GTB is quite compact. Though a V6 combined with an electric engine saves space, several modifications were also made, including special positioning of the turbochargers. The slim frame and smaller gas engine allows Ferrari to off-load over 60lbs, further increasing power.

Ferarri 296 GTB Stats

What does the 296 GTB offer? It’s a mid-range rear wheel drive sports car. The gas engine outputs 654hp and the electric 165hp, producing a combined total of 819hp. The Ferrari tops out at 206mph and goes 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. The gearbox is an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is used on several Ferrari models. It has a 7.45kWh battery and an electric-only range of 16 miles.

There are four drive modes: eDrive (electric only), Hybrid (default), Performance (gasoline engine stays on) and Qualify (which maximizes performance).

Ferrari says; ”Sound-wise, the 296 GTB harmoniously combines two characteristics that are normally opposed: the force of the turbos and the harmony of the high-frequency notes of a naturally-aspirated V12”.

Cost and Features

The 296 GTB begins production next year and costs about $350,000. Ferrari is offering the Assetto Fiorano package. This package includes lightweight features and aerodynamic modifications. 

As supercar companies transition to electric, hybrid vehicles are a common interim step. Competition for the 296 GTB includes the Maserati MC20 and the McLaren Artura. Lamborghini plans to introduce a new hybrid line-up as well. By combining gas and electric engines, they’re taking their first steps toward global emissions goals. And the advantage is clear: Gas and electric combos provide better performance and mileage, with lower emissions.