Revival of the Dino(saur): Meet the V6 Ferrari 296 GTB
It produces 218bhp per litre, which is said to be record-breaking for a production car
The phrase "hybrid V6" probably reminds you of an economical family car, right? Well, McLaren tried to change that perception with the Artura and now Ferrari will be joining the 'hybrid revolution' with the all-new 296 GTB. It is the spiritual successor to the Dino and it packs quite the punch.
As for the name, the '29' refers to the 2992cc displacement of the engine, whilst the '6' has to do with the number of cylinders. On its own, the twin-turbo V6 produces 654bhp. That is 218bhp per litre, which is claimed to be a record for a production car. With the added hybrid system, this Prancing Pony produces a combined 818hp and 546lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a 8-speed dual-clutch, which can rev to an eyewatering 8,500rpm.
0-62mph? Done and dusted in 2.9 seconds. 0-124mph? 7.3 seconds. Top speed? A ludicrously fast 205mph (330kmh). What's even more impressive is that the car will hit 84mph on electric power alone or can cover up to 15.5 miles. Keep in mind, this was a secondary objective as Ferrari does not produce hybrids for improved fuel economy or range.
Unlike its older brother, the SF90, the 296 GTB is strictly rear-wheel-drive, so you can expect to go sideways on a closed circuit. The other advantage of going RWD is a low dry weight, which in this case is still a reasonable 1470kg (3240lbs).
The four driving modes offered are "eDrive", "Hybrid", "Performance" and "Qualify", which can be selected using the "eManettino" switch on the steering wheel. All of this exciting performance will come with a hefty Ferrari price tag though, starting at $321,400 USD for the base model. The track-focused Assetto Fiorano specification meanwhile starts at $360,900.