“Class-leading levels of driver engagement” are claimed by Ferrari, with no performance penalty compared to the coupe version.
The new Ferrari 296 GTS, an open-top version of the firm’s new mid-engined hybrid supercar, the 296 GTB, has been unveiled. The new Ferrari 296 GTS is one of two new models that Maranello will unveil this year, with the highly anticipated Ferrari Purosangue SUV following suit in the coming months.
- Ferrari 296 GTS retains 830hp, turbo V6 hybrid from coupe version
- Performance remains identical to 296 GTB despite additional weight
- Hardtop roof can open or close in 14sec at speeds of up to 45kph
What is The Ferrari 296 GTS?
The differences between the hardtop Ferrari 296 GTB and its convertible sibling, in keeping with Ferrari tradition, are minor, consisting primarily of minor styling changes to accommodate the opening roof.
The two cars are nearly identical in terms of silhouette, but the retractable hardtop – which is similar to the Ferrari SF90 Spider – is stowed in a new bay inside the engine compartment, behind the seats.
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The rear deck of the 296 has been reworked, with re-sculptured buttresses and a more prominent step between the roof and the distinctive ‘aero bridge’ that spans the car’s width. There’s also a new window at the bottom of the engine cover, and the rear screen can be adjusted for cabin comfort when the roof is down at high speeds.
“An extremely compact cabin effortlessly integrated with the wings and flanks,” says the overall effect of the subtle makeover.
There is still an active rear spoiler stowed in the tail, which increases downforce at speed, and aerodynamic efficiency and downforce are on par, with Ferrari engineers taking care to ensure the airflow impact of the wing and buttresses is replicated.
The roof splits into two sections that fold over the front of the engine, taking just 14 seconds to open or close at speeds up to 45 kph – “thus maintaining the engine bay’s thermal dissipation characteristics and the overall design balance.”
Powertrain of The Ferrari 296 GTS
The GTB’s powertrain is carried over in its entirety, with a 664hp, 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 paired with a 166hp electric motor mounted at the rear for a total output of 830hp and 740Nm.
That means the 296 GTS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and tops out at over 330 km/h – figures that are identical to the hardtop car, despite the convertible weighing 70 kilograms more than the coupe at 1,540 kilograms (dry).
The GTS, like the coupe, can be equipped with the more track-oriented Assetto Fiorano package, which includes Multimatic adjustable shock absorbers, carbon fiber aero and trim elements, and various weight-saving measures, as well as high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres.
Plans for The Launch of The Ferrari 296 GTS in India
While an India launch has yet to be confirmed, we anticipate Ferrari opening order books for the 296 GTS in the near future. Meanwhile, the 296 GTB coupe is expected to arrive in Indian showrooms by mid-2022.