Isn't noise supposed to be part of the theater of Ferrari ownership?
As the automotive world rapidly shifts to an all-electric future, there are some manufacturers who are still kicking and screaming at the thought of dropping gas for spark. One such company is Ferrari. The legendary Italian automaker has built some of the best-sounding gas engines known to man and has at one stage promised to never build a fully electric vehicle. Ferrari recently changed its tune when acting CEO John Elkann announced that the company's first-ever electric vehicle would appear in 2025. In the meantime, the hybrid Ferrari 296 GTB continues to flirt with electric power, and in a YouTube video posted by Varryx, we get to see (and not hear) the new supercar in all its glory.
The upcoming 296 GTB was recently spotted testing in Maranello, Italy and is still wrapped in a few camouflage pieces despite the car having been officially unveiled already. As the car merges into traffic, there is a clear lack of exhaust note, and all one can hear is the tire noise of other cars. Pretty depressing stuff. After making a loop of the road, the car returns, but this time we get to hear the new V6 engine purring. A 296 Spider eventually joins in the fun, but denies us the pleasure of a throttle blip.
The 296 GTB signals a new era for Ferrari; one where electrification plays a big role, and V8s not. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine in the 296 GTB produces 653 horsepower, but an extra 164 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque are added by the electric motor for combined figures of 818 hp and 546 lb-ft. Ferrari claims that this will be good enough for a 0-60 mph time of only 2.9 seconds, a 0-124 mph time of 7.3 seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph. In all-electric mode, the 296 GTB will get you up to 84 mph, and offers a maximum range of 15.5 miles.
While Ferrari might swear its future EVs won't suck, we can't help but feel the loss of noise is a core characteristic we can't see Ferrari overcoming.