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Ferrari 296 GTB Review: Hypnotic Hybrid

As electrification takes over, even Ferrari has been forced to start moving away from its staple diet of V8 and V12 power plants. The SF90 Stradale hybrid that arrived first still has a V8, but the all-new 2022 Ferrari 296 GTB is an even more extreme departure. This is Ferrari's first roadgoing V6 engine and it's supplemented by twin turbochargers and an electric motor. Combined, the 296 GTB delivers 819 horsepower and this is sufficient to propel the plug-in hybrid supercar to 62 mph in only 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of over 205 mph. Even though silent, all-electric driving is possible for short distances, you'll want the V6 switched on most of the time as it sounds glorious. In short, Ferrari has perfected the performance hybrid supercar with the GTB and the remarkable powertrain is joined by a poised yet deeply immersive driving demeanor. The McLaren Artura is another hybrid supercar with a V6 but is less powerful and cheaper than the 296 GTB. What Ferrari has come up with is a supercar for a new era that retains the marque's head-turning style and razor-sharp dynamics, but elevates its performance and versatility with electrification.

Ferrari 296 GTB Changes: What's New?

The Ferrari 296 GTB is another bold step forward for the Italian marque, at least until its first EV arrives. It uses a V6 engine with turbocharging and an electric motor to deliver 819 hp. Unlike the more expensive SF90 Stradale, the 296 GTB sends all its power to the rear wheels only. With its unique powertrain, the 296 GTB doesn't directly replace any other Ferrari model. Inside, the Ferrari is just as modern with its entirely digital interface which has a similar look to the SF90's interior.

Pros and Cons

  • Hybrid V6 sounds special
  • Exhilarating acceleration
  • Balanced, alert chassis
  • One of the best electric steering systems available
  • Arresting styling
  • Silent EV mode is weirdly cool in a Ferrari
  • Clumsy infotainment interface
  • Steering wheel is overloaded with finicky controls
  • Expensive

2022 Ferrari 296 GTB

Revealed midway through 2021, the 296 GTB is another stunning effort from the Italian marque. The new V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain produces 819 hp and the power goes to the rear wheels only. It can even be driven for short distances on electric power alone. Despite the complex powertrain, this is largely a classic Ferrari from its hyper-responsive dynamics to its mid-engine proportions. Like its more powerful sibling, the SF90 Stradale, the 296 GTB ushers in a digital cockpit.

296 GTB Exterior

The 296 GTB is an undeniably pretty thing. The front is low and devoid of any distracting embellishments, allowing the sleek headlight clusters, powerful fenders, and low hood to evoke a powerful look as the car fills up your rearview mirror. The side view is characterized by a crease line that runs along the doors and merges with the large air intakes. Wheels measure 20 inches in size, and carbon fiber wheels are available as an option. At the back, there is an integrated retracting spoiler, but perhaps the most distinctive styling feature is the Kamm tail. This is effectively a surface carved out of a solid volume. Another interesting feature is the single central exhaust tailpipe that, rather unflatteringly, looks like a pair of nostrils. It's very different to the usual rounded tailpipe design. If you want, the engine cover can be finished in carbon fiber.

The Assetto Fiorano Package adds carbon fiber appendages to the front bumper and a Lexan rear screen that saves weight. A unique livery for this model inspired by the 250 Le Mans is quite eye-catching, but we think the standard car looks better.

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The 296 GTB's dimensions reveal a car that is slightly shorter, lower, and narrower than the F8 Tributo. Final figures read as follows: the 296 GTB is 179.7 inches in length, 77 inches in width, and 46.6 inches in height. As for the wheelbase, that works out to 102.4 inches.

As with any hybrid, keeping the weight down is a top concern. Helping the 296 GTB's cause is its V6 engine, which is lighter than the traditional V8. It all works out to a dry weight of around 3,241 pounds. When equipped with the Assetto Fiorano upgrade, the GTB sheds another 33 or so pounds.

  • Length 179.9 in
  • Wheelbase 102.4 in
  • Height 46.7 in
  • Max Width 77.1 in
  • Front Width 65.6 in
  • Rear Width 64.2 in

Exterior Colors

Ravishing in traditional red, those who want to try something different have no shortage of options for the 296 GTB's color palette. Almost 30 colors are available, starting with special colors like Rosso Imola, Bianco Cervino, and Rosso Ferrari F1-75. The solid palette consists of six options including Nero (black), Rosso Corsa (red), and Giallo Modena (yellow). Following this are nine metallic shades including Blu Abu Dhabi, Nero Daytone, Grigio Silverstone, and Grigio Alloy. Finally, there is the historical palette with stand-out choices like Rosso Fiorano, Verde British, and Azzurro California. The Assetto Fiorano Package comes with unique livery in yellow that works best with darker colors.

More customization comes in the form of the brake caliper colors. Rosso Corsa and Yellow are the most striking, while Blue, Black, and Aluminum are more subtle choices.

  • Giallo Modena
  • Rosso Scuderia
  • Rosso Corsa
  • Rosso Mugello
  • Bianco Avus
  • Nero
  • Blu Pozzi
  • Grigio Ingrid Metallic
  • Grigio Alloy Metallic
  • Argento Nurburgring Metallic
  • Grigio Titanio Metallic
  • Grigio Silverstone Metallic
  • Nero Daytona Metallic
  • Blu Abu Dhabi Metallic
  • Blu Mirabeau Metallic
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296 GTB Performance

Don't think for a second that a modern Ferrari isn't capable of thrilling its driver with only six cylinders. The 2022 Ferrari 296 GTB's performance specs make for impressive reading. With 819 total system horsepower, the 296 GTB is not short of firepower. Directing all of that to the rear wheels, the car will reach 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and 124 mph in 7.3 seconds. The Ferrari 296 GTB's 0-60 time will be even quicker, although the company hasn't published this number. It has a top speed north of 205 mph and can complete a Fiorano lap in 1 minute, 21 seconds - that's quicker than the F8 Tributo.

Ferrari's claim that the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 has similar high-frequency notes as a naturally-aspirated V12 is no lie. This engine sounds phenomenal at higher revs - it can go all the way to 8,500 rpm - and the accompanying thrust that comes with pushing it to those extremes makes for a visceral driving experience. Lower down, the sound of the turbos is discernible, but that disappears as the V6 increases in volume. Because of the electric motor, turbo lag is not an issue for this force-fed beast. The powertrain always remains hyper-responsive to the driver's wishes.

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Engine and Transmission

The 296 GTB's powertrain is anything but straightforward, but you could gloss over the specifications and revel in the seamless experience without ever knowing about the mechanical wizardry taking place behind you.

Of course, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is the heart and soul of the car. This 120-degree V6 produces 654 hp on its own, and Ferrari quotes a peak torque figure of 546 lb-ft. Ferrari says that the V6 sets a new specific power output record for a production road car. The 120-degree layout and positioning of the turbos inside the vee make the engine more compact overall. The rear-mounted electric motor adds another 165 hp, and the peak output, when combined with the V6, is 819 hp. The Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic (MGU-K) between the engine and gearbox, Transition Manager Actuator (TMA), inverter, and 7.45-kWh high-voltage battery complete the PHEV system. It sounds like something assembled by many somber-looking scientists in pristine white lab coats, but paradoxically, the driving experience is anything but clinical.

The setup is linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. To drive, the powertrain is rewarding regardless of the speed. The instant hit of electric power makes getaways smooth and shockingly quick, and the V6 has huge reserves of mid-range pull that will see you escape slower traffic with little effort. Best of all, unlike many turbocharged cars, it doesn't run out of steam at higher engine speeds, so getting the Ferrari 296 GTB to its top speed is an unforgettable experience. Flicking through the gears with the tactile paddle shifters adds to the sensory delight that is the 296 GTB.

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo V6 Hybrid, 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmissions
    8-Speed Automatic, 8-Speed F1 DCT
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

The way that the powertrain balances electrification and turbocharging with the V6 extends to what Ferrari has achieved with the chassis. Every facet of the 296 GTB works in harmony with the next to deliver an immensely satisfying driving experience.

The wheelbase is a little shorter than previous Ferrari mid-rear-engines berlinettas, but the advantage of this is even greater agility. The rear-wheel drivetrain and V6 also save weight, and the combination of all of these elements is a hybrid that feels light on its feet. The electric steering and brake-by-wire system have been tuned to feel as natural as possible, even if the former isn't absolutely brimming with feedback. The weighting of the steering is exceptional, traction is magnificent, and the rear-end is perfectly poised despite contending with almost 60% of the car's weight. The advanced traction control system does a wondrous job of containing the car's considerable power, especially since there is only one pair of driven wheels. You can drive the GTB fast easily, without feeling on the edge of disaster, as the car's behavior is so easily manageable via the throttle and steering.

Four driving modes - eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, and Qualify - can be chosen from to tailor the driving experience. eDrive is the least Ferrari-like of all, with quiet all-electric propulsion that is shockingly at odds with what happens once the V6 wakes up. In Qualify, the electronic nannies take a back seat and you need to have your wits about you, but even in this mode, the 296 GTB plug-in hybrid coupe doesn't feel overpowered - a remarkable achievement for a car with 819 hp. It rides quite firmly but with enough composure to not rattle your bones.

For track use, we recommend the Assetto Fiorano Package with its Multimatic shocks and Michelin Sport Cup2R high-performance tires. These have even more grip, allowing one to fully exploit the car's capabilities.

296 GTB Gas Mileage

It may be a hybrid but the electric motor in the 296 GTB is more a means of enhancing performance than returning stellar gas mileage. Still, 18 mpg combined is better than the 16 mpg you'll attain in the F8 Tributo. With both gas and electric power combined, the GTB's EPA-rated figure is 47 MPGe.

The all-electric range is a measly eight miles, but it's a cool party trick to have at your disposal in a car like this one. With its 17.2-gallon gas tank, the GTB has a total EPA-rated range of 330 miles.

Ferrari has not published charging times for the 296 GTB's battery, it will take the battery around an hour to get to 100% using a 7.4 kW home wall box, or about 36 minutes with a faster public charger.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    17.2 Gallons
* Ferrari 296 GTB Coupe

296 GTB Interior

Like the SF90 Stradale, the 2022 Ferrari 296 GTB's interior has become almost completely digitalized. There is no central infotainment screen; instead, the GTB has a large digital driver's display that doubles as the infotainment system. The passenger, meanwhile, has another display to keep them busy above the glovebox. There are touch-capacitive controls all over the steering wheel, too. Although the interior design engenders a definite sense of occasion, the ergonomics do take time to acclimatize to. Climate control, luxuriously attired leather seats, and quick access to several drive modes are some of the features that come standard.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Ferrari 296 GTB provides accommodation for the driver and just one lucky passenger. As usual, the low ride height necessitates more effort when climbing in and out, but once seated, the car feels both snug and spacious enough for the heads and legs of six-foot-tall adults. High-quality Italian leather upholsters the seats, and these are available in numerous iterations. The standard buckets are comfortable and supportive, but you can also spring for style seats or Daytona seats. Two types of racing carbon seats are available, and are more thinly padded, yet surprisingly comfortable.

  • Seating capacity

Interior Colors and Materials

An Italian exotic, the Ferrari 296 GTB's cabin feels as expensive and sturdy as it should be. In darker colors, the environment can look a little stark, but this is easily remedied with the many optional colors. The main interior colors are too many to list here but include Nero, Crema, Rosso Ferrari, Blu Medio, and Charcoal. Even the carpets alone have their own color palette. Some of these options are Grigio Scuro, Otranto, Nuovo Rosso, and Testa Di Moro. As if that's not enough, the interior stitching can be individually specified, creating a near-limitless number of configurations.

The cabin is finished in fine Italian leather, along with bits of Alcantara and carbon fiber. More carbon can be added in specific areas, and even a leather finish can be selected for the carpets. A carbon fiber trim upgrade adds the lightweight material to the steering wheel, shift paddles, and other interior components. With the Assetto Fiorano Package, even more of the cabin features carbon fiber to save weight.

296 GTB Trunk and Cargo Space

Because the 296 GTB doesn't have to accommodate electric motors in front like the SF90 Stradale, this has freed up a respectable amount of space in the front trunk. Measuring around seven cubic feet, the frunk is quite deep and can accommodate a few thoughtfully placed bags for a couple for a weekend away.

In the cabin, there are very narrow door pockets for stashing a few odds and ends. There is a slot in the center for storing the key or your phone, cupholders, and a glovebox. Soft bags can be squeezed behind a net located behind the seats. All in all, it's about as practical as you're likely to get in a rear-mid-engined supercar.

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296 GTB Infotainment and Features


Many of the car's standard features are focused on the driving experience. Behind the steering wheel, there are two large paddle shifters. On the steering wheel itself, the eManettino switch adjusts drive modes depending on your mood and the environment. Even the usual push-button ignition has been replaced with a touch-sensitive controller on the steering wheel. Beyond the steering wheel is the digital driver's display. Of course, this is not a track-only machine so the 296 GTB also comes with power windows/mirrors, climate control, cruise control, and partial power adjustment for the seats.

The advanced traction control system and a rearview camera are standard, but you can enhance the safety specification with options like a surround-view camera system, radar sensors, and adaptive cruise control. A useful feature is the suspension lifter that raises the front of the car by just over 1.5 inches.


A 16-inch curved digital driver's display is positioned ahead of the driver. There is no central touchscreen interface, although the passenger does have a slim display for their specific use with access to navigation and music settings, among others. The main driver interface certainly looks sporty but, when paired with the overabundance of touch controls on the steering wheel, it's all not quite as user-friendly as it could've been.

The system comes with navigation, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay (but no Android Auto), and a premium sound system with 12 speakers. Wireless device charging is another welcome inclusion.

296 GTB Problems and Reliability

At this early stage, it's difficult to accurately assess the 296 GTB's reliability. It currently doesn't have a J.D Power rating. On a positive note, there have been no recalls for the new Ferrari hybrid.

Another advantage in Ferrari's favor is the brand's lengthy seven years of complimentary scheduled maintenance regardless of miles covered. The limited and powertrain warranties are less stellar at three years, but at least they are also unlimited by mileage.


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles

296 GTB Safety

There is no 2022 Ferrari 296 GTB crash review to speak of in the USA. This scenario is unlikely to change based on the car's exclusivity and sky-high price.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Key Safety Features

Ferrari's Side Slip Control system, traction control, and high-performance ABS/EBD brakes can all be considered vital safety features in a car with over 800 hp. The car also comes with tire pressure monitoring, a rearview camera, front/rear parking sensors, and front and side airbags.

Ferrari allows you to add to this list with a surround-view camera system. A front driving camera can alert the driver of speed limits and the unintentional crossing of lane markings. Front and rear radar-based sensors allow for pedestrian detection or a warning for other collisions, while the back radar specifically can pick up hazards in the driver's blind spots. Adaptive cruise control forms part of the front radar upgrade.

Verdict: Is the Ferrari 296 GTB A Good car?

Analyzing the Ferrari 296 GTB's technical specifications may lead you to believe that the automaker has built a high-tech computer first and a visceral driver's car second. Yes, this is an astonishingly advanced supercar, but the technology hasn't been allowed to corrupt the driving experience. Instead, hybridization adds another layer to the traditional rear-mid-engine Ferrari recipe, and the new V6 has a distinct character that will quickly silence anyone who believes a Ferrari can only be great with a V8 or V12. It's thrillingly quick, puts its power down masterfully, and looks terrific from just about every angle. We have our reservations about the interior's ergonomics, and it is far more expensive than the McLaren Artura - the only other V6 hybrid supercar out there right now - but those are the only criticisms of the 296 GTB. Good car? No - because Ferrari has delivered yet another masterpiece.

What's the Price of the Ferrari 296 GTB?

The price of the 2022 Ferrari 296 GTB places it way out of reach for most mere mortals. It starts at $321,400, and with the Assetto Fiorano Package, the price increases to a whopping $360,900. Those prices don't include the destination charge or any extras you may add. For around $30,000 less, you could drive off in the V8-powered F8 Tributo.

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Additional Packages

As with most Ferraris, there are quite a few ways to customize your purchase. However, most options are standalone - there aren't many packages to choose from at all. The array of colors and materials alone will take forever to sift through. For the exterior, buyers can select from standard rims, chrome-plated ones, or even carbon fiber wheels. Carbon fiber in a matte finish can be added to several exterior components, too.

Inside, there are options like Daytona seats, racing seats in two designs, and a fire extinguisher. The ADAS Pack combines electrochromatic exterior mirrors and front/rear radar sensors to enable various driver-assist systems like adaptive cruise control. A surround-view camera system is available, too.

What Ferrari 296 GTB Model Should I Buy?

The Assetto Fiorano will be the only choice for those who want the most focused iteration of the 296 GTB, but the standard car is already so good that we're inclined to stick with it and save around $40,000 in the process. The additional driver aids are worth going for in a car where visibility from the driver's seat isn't the greatest, and we'd have a hard time not going for the classic red paint. We'd also play around with some of the brighter interior color options, and the racing seats look great - just be sure they are forgiving enough for your frame and tastes.

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Ferrari 296 GTB Comparisons

Ferrari SF90 Stradale Ferrari
Ferrari F8 Tributo Ferrari
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ferrari 296 GTB819 hpTBC$321,400
Ferrari SF90 Stradale 986 hpTBC$511,295
Ferrari F8 Tributo 711 hp15/19 mpg$280,000

2022 Ferrari 296 GTB vs Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The SF90 Stradale arrived before the 296 GTB to show us how far Ferrari had come with hybridization. At almost double the price, the SF90 has all-wheel drive, another two electric motors, and a V8. Combined, it generates 986 hp and will get to 62 mph 0.4 seconds faster. With two more driven wheels and a V8, the Stradale is ultimately quicker but feels different as the front wheels play their part in pulling you through the corners, whereas the RWD GTB pushes you through them from the back. It is hard to say one is better than the other; each car is thrilling in its own way, but both transition between electric and hybrid power brilliantly. Similarly, each has a decisive and fast electric power steering system. Inside, the tech fest continues with digitalized cockpits. Does the SF90 Stradale feel like it's worth $300,000 more? Not particularly. But we'd consider ourselves privileged to drive off in either of these hybrids.

See Ferrari SF90 Stradale Review

2022 Ferrari 296 GTB vs Ferrari F8 Tributo

The F8 Tributo suddenly feels like a much older product compared to the 296 GTB. They both share RWD and twin turbocharging, but the F8's larger-capacity V8 has the more familiar soundtrack. Although down on power at 710 hp, the F8 is lighter so both cars are similarly rapid up to around 60 mph. Beyond that, the 296 GTB pulls away, and its quicker lap time around the Fiorano track means it effortlessly compensates for its weight. From behind the wheel, the F8's physical controls don't look as slick as the GTB's touch-sensitive ones, but the older car is friendlier from an ergonomic perspective. The 296 GTB's electric motor gives it that short all-electric range and an added punch from low down, along with better gas mileage. These are both special machines worthy of the Prancing Horse planted on their noses, but the 296 GTB's wider spread of talents edges it.

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