MILAN -- Ferrari has unveiled its second plug-in hybrid sports car, the mid-engine 296 GTB, the automaker’s first model to be powered by a V6 since the Dino that was introduced in the late 1960s.
The rear-drive, two-seat 296 GTB has an all-new V6 that has a maximum power output of 654 hp, coupled with a 122-kilowatt electric motor that produces 165 hp. Ferrari says the combined output of 819 hp (830 metric hp) "puts it at the top of the rear-wheel-drive sports car segment" and the gasoline engine’s output of 218 hp per liter is a record for a production road car.
The 296 GTB has a maximum speed of more than 330 kph (206 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) in 2.9 seconds, Ferrari said. Emissions have not yet been certified.
The 296 GTB is the second plug-in hybrid Ferrari after the SF90 Stradale, launched in 2019. Both models have an electric-only range of 25 km (16 miles). The 296 GTB has a 7.45 kilowatt-hour battery, slightly less than the 7.9 kilowatt-hour of the SF90.
The 296's name comes from the engine displacement of 2.9 liters plus the number of cylinders, while GTB, for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, draws on Ferrari’s tradition "to underscore this new engine’s epoch-changing importance," Ferrari said in a news release.