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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Ferrari 296 GTS released as the fourth plug-in hybrid sports car of the Maranello-based auto breeder

~The Fourth~ Recently Ferrari on April 19. 2022 launched a new convertible sports car called the Ferrari 296 GTS which is the fourth plug-in hybrid model, amid efforts by the Maranello-based sports car maker to push for its product electrification strategy. The new sports car follows three of Ferrari's previous hybrid models that went into the company's production lines such the Ferrari SF 90 Stradale of the 2019, its convertible version called the Ferrari SF90 Spider in 2020, and the Ferrari 296 GTB last year.
Ferrari's new 296 GTS (on the right) and 296 GTS Assetto Fiorano (on the left) sport cars are pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on April 19, 2022. (Picture from: Reuters)
As quoted of Reuters, the Ferrari 296 GTS is the latest convertible sportscar equipped with a retractable hard top that could be stored in a special compartment in front of the engine. According to the official report, it's only takes about 1.4 seconds to go up or down its hard top. In raising and lowering the roof, the car does not need to stop because this system can work even though the car is traveling at a speed of 28 mph.
The new Ferrari 296 GTS sport car is built based on aluminum chassis and powered by a 819 hp (830 PS) hybrid-assisted 3.0-liter V6 engine. (Picture from: GoOto)
"Its top speed exceeds 330 kph," Ferrari wrote in a statement. This latest Prancing Horse logoed sports car is powered by a V6 turbo engine coupled with a 122 KW electric motor to produce a total power of 830 horsepower with 740 Nm of torque. All those power is sent to the rear wheels only through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, so it could made this hybrid car to accelerate from 0-100 kph only in 2.9 seconds.
The new Ferrari 296 GTS sport car gets an eManettino switch alongside the traditional steering-wheel mounted Manettino control, with four selectable positions. (Picture from: Carscoops)
You may be wondering, so far Ferrari's road cars are usually powered by more powerful engines like a V8 or V12, but why is it that the V6 has been fitted to its newest sports car? It seems that the Italian premium automaker is trying to fulfill its commitment to reduce the share of cars equipped with V12 engines because they are considered highly polluting in its production.
The new Ferrari 296 GTS Assetto Fiorano sport car is described as the tough and track-oriented package similar to one available in the coupe version as well. (Picture from: GearRice)
The first shipments of this new model will start from Europe in early 2023 but the price has not been disclosed (estimated that it would be sold for €300 thousand or around Rp. 4.6 billion).
Another new model is planned for release in the coming months, the Ferrari's highly-anticipated SUV variants named Purosangue (means Thoroughbred). The vehicle will be Ferrari's first sport utility vehicle (SUV) and take the company into a lucrative segment where direct rivals such as Volkswagen Lamborghini are already present.
A rendered image by @2NCS of the Ferrari's highly-anticipated SUV variants named Purosangue (means Thoroughbred) might be look. (Picture from: INFNews)
"I'm sure (Purosangue) will exceed our customers' expectations," the Ferrari's Chief Executive Officer, Benedetto Vigna said last week. Vigna is known as a veteran of the tech industry whose took over the CEO's chair at last year, with the task of bringing the brand synonymous with roaring combustion engines to a new era of quieter and cleaner electric mobility.
As part of this, Ferrari has promised its first full-electric model by 2025, while Vigna has said that the company will seek a technology partnership. Further details of Ferrari's electrification strategy will be presented by Vigna's first comprehensive business plan on June 16. Let's just wait. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS OSURCES | FERRARI | REUTERS | CARSCOOPS ]
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