The 2021 296 GTB is the Italian firm’s first road car to come with a V configuration 6-cylinder Twin Turbo Hybrid engine, delivering 830hp total power output.
Powering the new model is an all-new, 120-degree twin-turbocharged V6 engine, displacing 3.0 litres – though Ferrari brands the 2992cc engine as a 2.9-litre unit, thus its name, with the ‘6’ referring to the cylinder count – developing 487kW, thanks to advanced combustion chamber technology and ‘hot vee’ turbocharger positioning.
The car’s hybrid system was specifically touted for cutting pedal response times to zero, making it feel very responsive to the driver’s commands.
It uses a high voltage battery with a 7.45kWh capacity that is located under the floor to minimise volume and weight. The cooling system, structure and fixing points are integrated into a single component.
It’s paired to a plug-in hybrid system comprising a 7.45kWh lithium-ion battery and a 123kW electric motor, combining for a total of 610kW and 740Nm.
The 296 GTB is also the first Ferrari road car to sport a V6 turbo with the turbos installed inside the vehicle. This helps lower the centre of gravity and reduce engine mass while delivering high levels of power.
The engine is said to be capable of an 8500rpm redline – just shy of the cut-off for the 812 Superfast’s naturally-aspirated V12.
Ferrari claims a 2.9-second 0-100km/h sprint time for the 296 GTB and a 7.3-second 0-200km/h time, towards a top speed of over 330km/h.
The new architecture also led to the development of a more linear exhaust line located in the upper part of the engine compartment. The shape of the exhaust reduces back pressure and contributes to boosting performance, Ferrari said.
Meanwhile, the more traditional internal combustion engine and the gearbox are cooled by two radiators installed at the front of the car, ahead of the front wheels, where there are also two condensers for the high-voltage battery cooling. The hot air is evacuated along the underbody, to avoid it interfering with the cooling air to the intercoolers along the upper part of the flanks.