Ferrari opens roof on 2023 296 GTS

Ferrari opens roof on 2023 296 GTS

Ferrari has launched an open-top sister model to the 296 GTB coupe. Called the 296 GTS (Gran Turismo Spider), the new model is the first ever V6 spider to wear Ferrari badges. With the roof up, the profile retains the 296 GTB’s sinuous shape that echoes the 1963 Ferrari 250 LM.

Very similar aerodynamics to the 296 GTB are retained, including the active aero rear spoiler that generates the same downforce as the coupe. A specific 296 GTS tonneau cover creates a “virtual fairing” that mimics the aerodynamic behaviour of the coupe, with buttresses that are enhanced by contrasting sculpted extensions that frame the engine cover screen, fuel filler and battery charge covers. The retractable hardtop can be electrically deployed in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45km/h (28mph). The folding roof splits into two sections and folds flush over the front of the engine. There is a new transparent panel in the rear section of the engine cover, through which the V6 engine can be seen. Ferrari says that the engine bay’s thermal dissipation is unaffected.

Ferrari opens roof on 2023 296 GTS

A new glass rear screen behind the passengers can be raised and lowered electronically (unlike the 296 GTB’s fixed screen). Turbulence inside the cockpit is managed by new trims behind the headrests, allowing air to be channelled towards the tonneau cover, and a modified windscreen. Strengthening has been added to the A-pillars, B-pillars and sills to maintain torsional rigidity and bending stiffness – 50% and 8% better respectively than the F8 Spider, says Ferrari.

2023 Ferrari 296 GTS - interior

Mechanically the GTS is identical to the GTB. The plug-in hybrid combines a 3.0-lityre V6 petrol engine with 663hp and a 167hp electric motor, for a total power output of 830hp. Dry weight is 1540kg, some 70kg more than the GTB. While the top speed of 205mph and 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds are unchanged over the 296 GTB, the Fiorano lap time of 1min 21.8sec is 0.8sec slower than the coupe. It’s possible to drive up to 25km (15 miles) in all-electric eDrive mode. One small change is a revised version of the hot tube resonator that pipes engine noise into the cabin.

The 296 GTS is also available with an optional track-focused Assetto Fiorano pack. This includes adjustable Multimatic dampers, carbonfibre front bumper appendages (for 10kg extra downforce), and carbonfibre cabin and exterior parts. An optional livery inspired by the 250 LM runs from the front wings through the centre-line, creating a “hammer motif” all the way back to the rear spoiler.

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