Ferrari has chopped the roof off the 296 GTB, their new hybrid supercar, and the model has just made its spy photo debut, a little over a month after its counterpart was shown to the world.
With an open-top view of the sky above, presumably at the push of a button, which should tuck away the folding metal roof in a special compartment behind the seats, the 296 GTS – or is it the 296 Spider? – has been spied in the open.
The poor camo job cannot hide its design, which will basically mirror that of the 296 GTB. Thus, expect identical styling for the front, rear, and sides of the Italian machine, complete with the big air intakes behind the doors. The driver-oriented cockpit, with a retro flair, will be identical too, and the tech gear and every other stuff will come from its fixed-roof sibling.
Now, since chopping the roof off 296 has likely meant reinforcing the chassis, the GTS / Spider is allegedly a bit heavier. The supposed weight penalty will probably make it a hair slower than the GTB, which takes 2.9 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 kph), and 7.3 seconds to 124 mph (200 kph). With a decent dose of the brave pill and the open road ahead, it will eventually display 205 mph (330 kph) on the digital dials.
The six-pot Ferrari uses a 2.9-liter V6 gasoline engine, rated at 654 HP, and an electric motor, sandwiched between the ICE and eight-speed automatic transmission, backed up by a 7.45 kWh battery pack mounted under the floor. The powertrain produces a combined output of 818 HP (830 PS / 610 kW) and 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) of torque. Ferrari also quotes a 15.5-mile (25-km) all-electric range.
We don’t know yet when the 296 GTS / 296 Spider will be presented, but it could happen in the coming months, with deliveries perhaps kicking off before next summer.