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It is now possible to drive in an 830 hp plug-in hybrid supercar with your hair in the wind. Ferrari unveiled the 296 GTS (for “Gran Turismo Spider”) on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, a convertible version of the 296 GTB. This evolution of the two-seater “spider berlinetta” is effectively equipped with a retractable roof, which allows it to become a real convertible. The engine has not changed from the fixed roof model.

Aesthetically, this retractable roof is therefore the main feature that differentiates the 296 GTS from the 296 GTB. Ferrari says it carried out “a period of thorough analysis of the dimensions of the car’s technical components” to make sure the changes had a “minimal” impact on “the exterior bodywork”. Thus, the roof is stored inside the engine compartment, making the rear face of the supercar slightly different visually.

The roof can be retracted while driving

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In Ferrari’s words, 14 seconds is enough to “retract or unfold” the roof of the car. This automatic handling can be performed when the 296 GTS is in motion, up to a speed of 45 km / h. “When the roof is retracted, the passenger compartment and the rear shelf are separated by a height-adjustable rear glass screen,” says Maranello’s firm, which has sought to prioritize passenger comfort. And that “even at high speed.”

0-200 km / h in 7.6 seconds

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Because this Ferrari 296 GTS is capable of climbing at unparalleled speeds. Like the 296 GTB, its rear cover houses a 663 hp V6 turbo 3.0 engine combined with a 167 hp electric motor and an eight-speed F1 gearbox. The total accumulated power is 830 hp for 740 Nm of torque, which allows the car to exceed 330 km / h and reach 0 to 100 km / h in 2.9 seconds. The 0 to 200 km / h is a bit longer than the 296 GTB, with an advertised time of 7.6 seconds versus 7.3 seconds. The fault of the retractable rigid hood, which increases the weight of the car to 1,540 kilos compared to 1,470 kilos of the 296 GTB.

You can drive in electric mode

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Equipped with a 7.45 kWh battery, the Ferrari 296 GTS is also equipped with a regenerative braking function that allows it to gain a few kilometers of autonomy when the driver uses the brake pedal. On board there is an energy management selector that offers the possibility to choose different driving modes. Among these four modes, Ferrari has significantly implemented the eDrive, which allows you to travel 25 kilometers – or up to 135 km / h – only thanks to the electric motor.

Sober and minimalist atmosphere inside

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Aboard the Italian supercar, the minimalist presentation is more or less similar to that of the 296 GTB. The driver will find a digital instrument panel behind the steering wheel, while a small screen is reserved for the passenger. The cabin features an Italian leather upholstery. Finally, Ferrari specifies that the central tunnel has been “redesigned”. It is now equipped with a lockable compartment.

If Ferrari does not announce a release date at the time of writing, the 296 GTS should logically be marketed throughout 2022. Its price will inevitably be higher than the 296 GTB, the base price of which is set at 269,000 euros.

To sum up

With its 830 hp V6 3.0 plug-in hybrid engine, the Ferrari 296 GTB was already impressive. Its uncovered version called 296 GTS should undo the brushes even more. Introduced on April 19, 2022 by Ferrari, this model features a retractable rigid hood, which fits the rear engine cover. This hood contains the same engine as the 296 GTB, which allows the convertible supercar to exceed 330 km / h and reduce from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.9 seconds. Thanks to its 7.45 kWh battery, the car is able to run in 100% electric mode for 25 kilometers.

Quentin Gueroult

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