It might not have the prestige of a V8 or a V12, but the V6 is still plenty quick.
After a nearly century break, Ferrari has returned to the six-cylinder game. The combustion engine isn’t alone, as it’s backed up by an electric motor that adds 167 horsepower (122 kW). The 296 GTB has an incredible 830 horsepower when the two are combined, which was put to good use in an acceleration test.
Motorsport Magazine had the opportunity to test drive the latest hybridised Ferrari. The new 296 GTB joins the SF90 Stradale, which is also a plug-in hybrid, and the non-PHEV LaFerrari hypercar in the Ferrari lineup. Even though it is slower than both models, this dash to 180 mph (290 km/h) demonstrates how swift it is. The electric supercar from Maranello has a top speed of nearly 205 mph (330 km/h).
For a “only” V6 engine, the twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine doesn’t sound half awful. It revs all the way up to 8,500 rpm despite not being naturally aspirated. The sprint was run using launch control, and while no sprint times were recorded, it’s safe to say the 296 GTB is a rocket. Ferrari claims it will accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds and cover the 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) sprint in 7.3 seconds. Those estimates appear to be about right, based on what we’ve seen so far.
Those who complain about Ferrari downsizing to a V6 obviously have never heard of the Dino and haven’t seen what the 296 GTB can achieve. It’s only a coupe for the time being, but a convertible – potentially called 296 GTS – is likely months away from being unveiled.
The Purosangue SUV, of course, will be the company’s most important debut this year. That one will be electrified to some level as well, but it’s unknown whether it’ll get the V6 from the 296 GTB or the V8 from the SF90 Stradale. Ferrari has promised to keep the V12 alive for as long as feasible, so maybe it will be available as well.