Video: Ferrari 296 GTB hit mind-bending 271kph in Sepang Circuit

Launched in March this year, the Ferrari 296 GTB V6 PHEV reintroduces a V6 engine after about 54 years (if you consider the Dino a Ferrari). It is the second plug-in hybrid Ferrari after the SF90 and fetches a price of RM 1.228 million before taxes, duties, registration, and options.

Making up the plug-in hybrid system is a 2.9-litre V6 engine with a 120° “hot vee” layout and an electric motor. Combined, the system makes 830 hp (metric) and 740 Nm, launching the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, and capable of a top speed of 300 km/h.

During its international launch event, Ferrari Chief Technical Officer Michael Hugo Leiters said the new 296 GTB provides a “fun to drive, go-kart feeling”. Determined to understand what that means, GC had a go with the 296 GTB PHEV on Sepang International Circuit. Here’s the video to show you how it went down.

With sleek and measured curves, the Ferrari 296 GTB’s design is relatively subtle in comparison to other cars by the brand. Its chassis is 50 mm shorter than that of the F8 Tributo, but the 296 GTB weighs about 140 kg more due to its electric components. To keep the weight down, the hybrid battery is a small 7.45-kWh battery pack that provides 25 km of pure electric driving range.

Inside, you will find exclusive Italian leather trim on the dashboard, seats, the wraparound digital instrument cluster, steering wheel, and gear selector panel.

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To spruce up the 296 GTB’s looks, there is also an optional Assetto Fiorano package which provides a more aggressive exterior design and unique livery. It also slashes the car’s weight by more than 12 kg with the help of carbon fibre components. A sportier-tuned suspension is also part of the package.

With customisation options, duties, taxes, and insurance, you can expect the price of the Ferrari 296 GTB PHEV to hover around RM3 million. Included in the price is a standard Ferrari extended seven-year maintenance programme, which covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life.

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