Let me be the bearer of bad news and inform you that downsizing has struck yet again, but this time it has hit right where it would hurt us petrolheads. You must be wondering why am I speaking about bad news in an article about a new Ferrari supercar being launched. That is because the supercar in question is the Ferrari 296 GTB, the Italian supercar manufacturer’s first road-going 6-cylinder powered supercar.
But before we shed a tear for the V8 powertrain, let me give you the stats. Now, as the name suggests, the 296 GTB is powered by a mid-engined 2996cc V6 engine. This 2.9-litre 120-degree V6 combined with a 164bhp electric motor manages to produce a maximum of 819bhp and 740Nm of torque and a rev limit of 8500rpm (impressive enough?). That is not all; the 296GTB also impresses us with its numbers, 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, 0-200km/h in 7.3 seconds, which is half a second quicker than the F8 ad a top speed of over 330km/h. Also, just like in the SF90, the 296 GTB can be powered solely on its electric motor for up to 42 kilometres and achieve a top speed of 135km/h, all using its 7.45kWh battery pack stored underneath the car.
Ah, now onto the main bit of any new Ferrari, which is the styling. While the 296 GTB’s styling does follow some cues from the SF90, there is a complete redesign of the active aerodynamic package available on the supercar. Just like in the LaFerrari, the active rear spoiler integrated into the rear bumper is generating up to 360kg of downforce at 250kph with the hardcore, track-oriented Assetto Fiorano pack specified.
Ferrari claims that the 296 GTB has taken inspiration from their classic models, including the 1963 250 LM, which inspired the design of the B-pillar, rear haunches and Kamm tail. The one-off P80C and the J50, on the other hand, are the motivation for the wraparound windscreen. But I personally feel that the 296 GTB kinda resembles the Lancia Stratos, which was a beautiful car, to begin with.
Even inside the 296 GTB, the tech-ladened cabin that we first saw on the SF90 Stradale is nearly identical on this supercar. A concave dashboard housing consists of the digital instrument cluster and steering wheel consisting of touch-sensitive buttons are similar to the SF90. A head-up display features, too, while the stereo speakers are finished to match the dashboard for a minimalist look. Just like in the Roma and SF90, Ferrari has added a unique twist to the traditional gear shifter and now features the classic Ferrari H-gate design for the gear selector.
Also worth mentioning that the Ferrari 296 GTB is not India bound at present but looking at the boom of Ferrari sales in India over the past few years. We can expect to see a few at our shores sooner than expected.