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Open-top Ferrari 296 GTS unveiled | Autocar India

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Ferrari claims “class-leading ranges of driver engagement” with none loss in efficiency over the coupe model.

Ferrari has taken the wraps off the brand new 296 GTS – an open-top model of the agency’s new mid-engined hybrid supercar, the 296 GTB. The brand new Ferrari 296 GTS is certainly one of two new fashions Maranello will reveal this 12 months, with the extremely anticipated Ferrari Purosangue SUV due within the coming months to finish the line-up.

  • Ferrari 296 GTS retains 830hp, turbo V6 hybrid from coupe model
  • Efficiency stays similar to 296 GTB regardless of extra weight
  • Hardtop roof can open or shut in 14sec at speeds of as much as 45kph

Ferrari 296 GTS: what’s it?

Consistent with Ferrari custom, the variations between the hardtop Ferrari 296 GTB and its convertible sibling are minimal and restricted mainly to refined styling revisions to accommodate the opening roof.

So, silhouette-wise, the 2 automobiles are practically similar, however the retractable hardtop – an identical set-up to that utilized by the Ferrari SF90 Spider – is stowed in a brand new bay contained in the engine compartment, behind the seats.

Which means that the 296’s rear deck has been reworked, with re-sculptured buttresses and a extra outstanding step between the roof and the distinctive ‘aero bridge’ that spans the width of the automotive. There may be additionally a brand new window on the backside of the engine cowl, and the rear display screen is adjustable to make sure cabin consolation at excessive speeds with the roof down.

The general impact of the refined makeover offers “a particularly compact cabin effortlessly built-in with the wings and flanks”.

Aerodynamic effectivity and downforce are on a par, too – with Ferrari engineers taking care to make sure the airflow influence of the wing and buttresses is replicated – and there may be nonetheless an energetic rear spoiler stowed within the tail, which will increase downforce at pace.

The roof itself takes simply 14 seconds to open or shut at speeds of as much as 45kph, splitting into two sections that fold over the entrance of the engine – “thus sustaining the engine bay’s thermal dissipation traits and the stability of the general design”.

Ferrari 296 GTS: powertrain

The GTB’s powertrain is carried over wholesale, with the 664hp, 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 paired with a rear-mounted, 166hp electrical motor to take the full output to 830hp and 740Nm.

Which means the 296 GTS goes from Zero to 100kph in 2.9sec and tops out at greater than 330kph – figures that match the hardtop automotive, regardless of the convertible weighing 70kg greater than the coupe, at 1,540kg (dry).

As with the coupe, the GTS may be specified with the extra track-oriented Assetto Fiorano bundle – named after Ferrari’s Maranello take a look at observe – which brings Multimatic adjustable shock absorbers, carbon fibre aero and trim components, and varied weight-saving measures, together with high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres.

Ferrari 296 GTS: India launch plans 

Whereas an India launch as not been formally introduced as of now, we count on Ferrari to open order books for the 296 GTS within the close to future. In the meantime, the 296 GTB coupe is quickly anticipated to be in showrooms in India by mid-2022.

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