Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari unveiled the 296 GTS, the latest evolution of Maranello’s mid-rear-engined two-seater berlinetta spider. The car’s name combines its total displacement (2992 l) and number of cylinders with the GTS (Gran Turismo Spider) acronym.
The 296 GTS is powered with the new 663 cv 120° V6, coupled with an electric motor capable of delivering a further 122 kW (167 cv), which debuted on the 296 GTB. This is the first 6-cylinder engine installed on a road-going spider. The engine produces its class-leading 830 cv total power output to deliver previously unthinkable performance levels and an innovative, exhilarating and unique soundtrack.
The 296 GTS is an extremely usable car as it is fitted with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system. The introduction of advanced dynamic control systems as well as meticulously honed aero will impress the driver with its astonishing agility and responsiveness to commands.
The car features a lightweight retractable hard top. With the roof stowed it features a sleek, sporty design and with the roof up, the silhouette remains very similar to that of the 296 GTB.
The hard top needs a mere 14 seconds to retract or deploy at speeds of up to 45km/h. The folding roof divides into two sections that fold flush over the front of the engine, thus keeping the engine bay’s thermal dissipation characteristics. This also allowed the designers to introduce a window in the rear section of the engine cover through which the new V6 can be admired. When the top is retracted, the cabin and the rear deck are separated by a height-adjustable glass rear screen which guarantees optimal passenger comfort even at high speeds.
The 296 GTS’s cockpit was developed around the new concept of a digital interface. When the engine is off, the onboard instruments go black. The seats are wrapped in exclusive Italian leather and aerodynamic flaps have been integrated into the rear trim structure to reduce buffetting. The sculptural door panel features a deep lozenge-shaped scoop that makes it look light. The specific diapason-style seats use contrasting grooves that coordinate aesthetically with the edge strip of the instrument cluster.
The 296 GTS is offered with the Assetto Fiorano package, which includes lightweight features and aero modifications. It includes special GT racing-derived adjustable Multimatic shock absorbers optimized for track use; high downforce carbon-fibre appendages on the front bumper and more extensive use of carbon-fibre for both cabin and exterior.
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