2023 Ferrari 296 GTS Hybrid Is An 819-HP Tanning Machine
The job of configuring a new Ferrari 296 just got a whole lot harder with the announcement of an open-top GTS that joins the existing GTB coupe.
Sharing the same basic aluminum chassis and 819 hp (830 PS) hybrid-assisted 3.0-liter V6 as the fixed-roof car, the GTS features a retractable hardtop that can be opened or closed in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 28 mph (45 mph).
Flick the switch on the console and the roof splits into two parts, and goes to hide beneath the engine cover, while a height-adjustable glass screen behind the two seats helps minimize buffeting. The price of those theatrics is a 154 lbs (70 kg) weight penalty versus the 3,241 lbs (1,470 kg) dry weight of the GTB, but performance doesn’t appear to suffer much.
Ferrari still quotes the same 15.5 miles (25 km) of electric driving range when in EV mode, which is good for 84 mph (135 km/h), and although the roadster’s 7.6-second 0-124 mph (200 km/h) time is 0.3 seconds longer, both the GTS and GTB get to 62 mph (100 km/h) in the same 2.9 seconds. The 8,500 rpm V6 engine is carried over from the GTB and makes 654 hp (663 PS), to which Ferrari adds 165 hp of electric power, the resulting 819 hp (830 PS) total driving the rear wheels only.
That combination sounds like plenty of fun, but for drivers more interested in burning rubber than burning arms draped over the side of the door as they cruise around in the sun, Ferrari offers the GTS with the same Assetto Fiorano package available to coupe buyers.
Seen here on the red car, the driver-focused upgrade brings a greater use of carbon fiber, lightweight door panels that reduce weight by 17.6 lbs (8 kg), and aero winglets on the front bumper that increase downforce by 22 lbs (10 kg). Ferrari says an AF-equipped GTS develops 795 lbs (360 kg) of downforce at 155 mph (240 km/h).
Opting for the Assetto Fiorano pack is also the only official way to get the front-to-rear stripe package, and the super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2R tires, though both of those gems will set you back even more money.
We’re waiting to hear about U.S. prices and delivery times, but we expect it to cost in the region of $30-40,000 more than the $323,000 296 GTB.