The details come to life under dealership lights.
The Ferrari 296 GTB is a product of Maranello that breaks with tradition, but it does it with style and grace. In fact, it's so good that we think it's worth being called a masterpiece. We've had quite a few press photos and videos shared with us since its reveal almost a month ago, but we haven't really had the chance to see it up close. Fortunately, a new video sees Top Gear's Jack Rix get the chance to do just that at a dealership in Surrey, England, and his quick walkaround clip has only made us love the latest mid-engine Fezza even more.
The video doesn't tell us much we don't already know, but the information is conveyed in a way that puts this car's spectacular numbers into perspective. Its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is truly phenomenal and its turbos, despite being larger than those in the F8 Tributo, are said to spool up even faster than in the V8 car - not that the F8 was ever accused of feeling laggy. Combined with the electric motor, this power plant produces 819 horsepower - the same as you get in the insane, limited edition, 812 Competizione, and that car has a 6.5-liter V12. Furthermore, the 296 GTB can lap Fiorano in 1:21, making it faster than a Ferrari 488 Pista, almost identical to the epic F12tdf, and only just over a second slower than the game-changing LaFerrari. Wow.
Throughout the video, Rix shows us highlights like the vertical side intakes inspired by the 250 LM of the 1960s, the double-bubble rear engine cover, the brake ducts under the front DRLs, and the touchpads on the steering wheel and dash. But he also notes how much more practical the 296 is compared to the similarly styled SF90 Stradale, a car that Rix says behaves like a GT but just doesn't have any room inside. This car has storage bins and even a usable frunk, or 'froot', as his dry British humor charmingly puts it.
Is this, therefore, the best Ferrari you can buy? Maybe, but Maranello says that when the F8 Tributo is retired next year, the 296 won't take its place. Instead, a less powerful version of the 296 GTB will probably slot in beneath this epic supercar, possibly without hybrid assistance and certainly with less mass. We can't wait.