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

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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.

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Comments (23)

  • It looks quite boring - I think the Artura is better looking than the 296 GTB

      1 month ago
    • finally! someone agrees with me

        1 month ago
    • I wasn't completely sold on the looks either but then I saw someplace that the 250 LM was the inspiration for it. Looking at this rear quarter shot it makes perfect sense. The shoulders and rear deck here.

        1 month ago
  • It looks clean, compact and beautiful!

    Nice work on this one!

      1 month ago
  • I love that it has some the 70s and 80s retro cues from Italian sports cars like the Dino! And I think its a pretty good car especially as an entry level model

      1 month ago
    • I'm sure it will look even more attractive in the flesh. And you would think that a V6 Ferrari would be the new entry-level model but nope! It's actually more expensive than the F8 Tributo, which starts at $280k ($40k less).

        1 month ago
  • I’m lukewarm to Ferraris and can’t possibly keep up with all their models, but I do find this one appealing. It’s clearly designed to attract Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lamborghini and even Bentley buyers, and could become a big success.

      1 month ago
    • I would agree with you that this stunning V6 Ferrari is designed to steal customers from other luxury brands, but the price is too steep.

      It costs more than the V8 Ferrari F8 Tributo which is also a mid-engined supercar, albeit less...

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        1 month ago
    • It’s true the Roma is a beautiful car and is less expensive than the 296 GTB, but the 296 has an edgier design and is higher in the pecking order for those who can afford a Ferrari.

        30 days ago
  • Sub Zero car

      1 month ago