Ferrari expands its hybrid range: when it launches the new 296 GTS

Ferrari adds the 296 GTS convertible to its plug-in hybrid range.

Ferrari is expanding its plug-in hybrid offerings with the 296 GTS, a convertible version of the 296 GTB coupe with a central engine that was launched in 2021 as Dino’s first V-6 model in the late 1960s.

The two-wheel drive 296 GTS with rear-wheel drive is powered by the 819 hp V-6 hybrid engine, which debuted at the 296 GTB. A V-6 turbo engine with a maximum power of 654 hp is coupled with a 122 kilowatt electric motor that produces 165 hp. The electric motor is powered by a 7.45 kilowatt-hour high-voltage battery. Only electric range is 25 km.

The name 296 GTS combines the engine displacement (2.9 liters) and the number of cylinders (6) with the acronym GTS (Gran Turismo Spider) typical of Ferrari roadsters.

The 296 GTS has an automatic roof that takes 14 seconds to retract or run at speeds of up to 45 km / h, Ferrari said. With the ceiling raised, the silhouette is almost identical to that of the 296 GTB.

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Ferrari said its designers and engineers took care to integrate the superior retractable system to maintain performance and efficiency.

Ferrari 296 GTS interior

A clever design

The hinged roof is divided into two sections that are placed at the same level over the front of the engine compartment, thus maintaining the heat dissipation characteristics and the balance of the overall design.

This also allowed the designers to insert a window into the engine cover to present the new V6. When the top is retracted, the cab and rear axle are separated by a height-adjustable glass rear sight, which protects passengers from bumps even at high speeds, says Ferrari.

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Ferrari said the rear wing profile and the buttresses of the roof guaranteed the same aerodynamic and thermal efficiency similar to the 296 GTB, despite the superior constraints of the retractable roof.

The roadster maintains the active rear wing of the coupe to generate aerodynamic force.

The 296 GTS is also available with the Assetto Fiorano package, which includes light features and aerodynamic changes.

It is the first of two models that Ferrari plans to launch in 2022; will be followed later this year by the company’s first SUV, Purosangue. 296 GTB is the second Ferrari hybrid plug-in after SF90 Stradale, launched in 2019.

Prices and delivery dates for 296 GTS have not been announced. 296 GTB has a base price in Italy of 269,000 euros.

More information on future products will be announced on June 16, the day of Ferrari’s capital market in Maranello, Italy.

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