The Ferrari 296 GTB is quite a special car for the folk at Ferrari. It was the first proper series production car from the Italian automaker to use a hybrid powerplant. Many purists were upset because that new-fangled battery electric technology was messing with the age-old tradition of high-revving petrol-guzzling engines, but as soon as the car was released and it became clear that the filter down technology from Ferrari’s exploits in Formula One was working, people really started to take notice. At the base of things is a twin-turbocharged 120-degree V6 with a nice and compact capacity of 3.0 litres, a big change from the traditional choice of a V8 powerplant. This part of the equation is already rather powerful with a rating of 488 kW. Then there’s the new-fangled technology that comes in the form of a single electric motor. Being a little different to how others employ electric motors, in the Ferrari 296 GTB, the electric motor has been cleverly designed to be incorporated into the gearbox. This motor alone makes decent enough power, 123 kW, about as much as a stock Mk4 GTI. With all systems working in unison, the total power output is rated at a nice and high 610 kW with the torque at an equally impressive 740 Nm. The transmission in the GTB is an 8-speed dual-clutch setup and power is sent to the rear wheels. This thing can go like the freaking clappers, when you hoof a Ferrari 396 GTB off the line it can hit the usual 100 km/h benchmark in as little as 2.7 seconds. 0-200 km/h comes up in 6.9 seconds and with the loud pedal flattened it can get to a top speed of 333 km/h. The whole setup is wrapped up in one seriously good-looking body too, possibly the only modern Ferrari we’d spend lotto money on besides a 458 Italia.
Take a look at the YouTube video that lets you see the details of the upgrade carried out on a Ferrari 296 GTB, one of the coolest cars to come from the Italian brand in the last 5 years. Mansory, while eye-wateringly expensive, can actually be a hit or a miss thanks to the extremes they sometimes take things to, but in this case, they rocked it!: MANSORY Ferrari 296 GTB | MANSORY
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