New Ferrari Supercar Coming Soon

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A new year. A new supercar.

New Ferrari reveals follow a familiar pattern: Typically, the Italian carmaker will launch a new supercar coupe. Several months later, the convertible/spider variant will debut. A couple of years later we'll see a hardcore coupe followed closely bit its drop-top counterpart. The life of the Ferrari 296 GTB, the company's first-ever hybrid V6 model, is just getting started and its spider sister ship could arrive in time for spring.

The Supercar Blog sites unidentified sources who claim the 296 GTS/Spider could officially be unveiled in February. Based on recent spy shots and our own renderings, the 296 GTS will receive a folding hard-top with a roof mechanism design reminiscent of the F8 Spider.

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Ferrari is also rumored to be planning a Targa top variant, but the pure convertible will definitely debut first. As is always the case between coupe and convertible, the 296 GTS will share the coupe's 3.0-liter V6 hybrid setup that's good for 654 horsepower.

Factor in the extra assistance courtesy of the electric motor and output dramatically increases to 819 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent directly to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch auto. Zero to 60 mph happens in 2.9 seconds, 0-124 mph in 7.3 seconds, and top speed is clocked at 205 mph.

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We expect the 296 GTS to have very similar performance specs. As is always the case with convertibles, Ferrari has to improve the car's structural rigidity due to the loss of a fixed roof. This could result in ever so slightly slower speeds. It's also possible Ferrari has chosen a different name for its next drop-top aside from 'GTS' or 'Spider.' We do expect the 296 moniker to remain. It will be more expensive, too.

The 296 GTB, Ferrari's so-called "entry-level" mid-engined model, begins at $321,400. The Assetto Fiorano package raises the price to $360,000. Expect the convertible body style to carry a starting price somewhere in the middle.

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Source Credits: The Supercar Blog

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