Yesterday Ferrari revealed the all-new 296 GTB plug-in hybrid. That's right, Maranello's newest stallion is an electrified 'berlinetta' and makes more power than the F8: 830 PS and 740 Nm of torque. Clearly, the Prancing Horse just proved that hybrid power is here to stay and will bring the brand into the future, especially since the company is now pushing forward with V6 engines.
But what if you prefer your 296 GTB with a bit more finesse? To please clients that want a slightly more aggressive Ferrari PHEV, the automaker also revealed the 296 GTB Assetto Fiorano. Designed to exploit the car's extreme power and performance, this special package makes the 296 GTB lighter and more aerodynamic.
Beginning with the exterior upgrades, the front bumper gets carbon-fiber appendages which can deliver an additional 10kg of downforce. More carbon fiber was used on both the exterior and interior of the vehicle to further reduce overall weight. Ferrari also put redesigned door panels which shave off around 12 kg. Last but not least, an ultralight Lexan rear screen brings the overall weight reduction to 15 kg.
Aside from making it lighter and more aerodynamic, Ferrari also installed several key upgrades in its chassis. These include special GT racing-derived adjustable Multimatic shock absorbers. This allows users to set the dampers for street use or for the track. For added grip, all four corners come with Michelin Sport Cup2R high-performance tires.
As a final touch, a special livery inspired by the 250 Le Mans is also available for the Assetto Fiorano package. Its design runs from the front wings and hugs the central grille. This styling element continues towards the bonnet, creating a hammer-like motif before running lengthways up to the roof and then down onto the rear spoiler.
Power remains the same under the hood of the 296 GTB Assetto Fiorano. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 generates 830 PS along with 740 Nm of torque. The engine is then paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which allows this stallion to go from 0 – 100 km/ in 2.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 330 km/h.
The 2022 Ferrari 296 GTB will be available in European showrooms in Q1 of next year. As to when we'll receive the plug-in hybrid Ferrari, we could see it arrive in the Philippines in late 2022 or early 2023.