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We test drive the super-fast £241,550 V6 hybrid engine

Nobody needs any encouragement to drive a Ferrari fast.

These are powered by V8 or V12 engines.

Ferrari's 296 GTB is the most important new car in years because it's the first V6 hybrid

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Ferrari’s 296 GTB is the most important new car in years because it’s the first V6 hybrid

But, of course, if you’re speeding on one go, you’re not going to get any sympathy just because you’re in a Ferrari.

The 296 GTB is the most important new Ferrari in years as it is the first hybrid of a V6 engine. Which many purists may not like.

But in fact, it’s giving you the first good reason to drive fast.

The 296 will run 15 miles like an EV – and that V6 acts like a powerful generator.

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Simply put: The harder you drive, the more electrons will flow into the 6kWh battery.

So, if you get stopped for speeding in a 296, you can at least tell the officer that you want to recharge your batteries before hitting the town limit and driving through schools in eDrive mode. .

Now, I have to admit I was a bit nervous about this car.

A Ferrari V6 plug-in hybrid? I mean, seriously?

The engine is the heart and soul of a Ferrari. Its identity. And the battery is very heavy. The opposite of what a supercar should be.

But I don’t need to worry because, my God, this car is blinding.

Yes, the hybrid system adds 170kg but the short wheelbase and extremely low center of gravity mean it handles more like a Ferrari

Challenge racing cars than road cars.

That’s crazy. The front handle is huge. Sharp handlebars.

The brake system is like an anchor.

And it’s quick. Fast.

In fact, hybrid systems do more than save the planet.

The F1-derived e-motor eliminates any turbo lag at the top end.

Power is endless.

Look ahead at the horizon and there you are. Total concentration is required.

Now, I know why it took me 11 signatures to get the key.

I’ll back up that last paragraph with some numbers for you: The 2.9-liter engine makes a staggering 633hp. The e-motor adds 167 horses. Total power: 833hp. All to the rear wheel.

The 0-62mph sprint time is irrelevant, this can accelerate from 0-124mph in just 7.3 seconds. And I’ll admit, it looks good.

Main event: Ferrari 296 GTB

Price: £241,550

Engine: 2.9 liter V6 plug-in hybrid

Power: 830hp

0-62mph: 2.9 seconds

0-124mph: 7.3 seconds

Max speed: 205mph

CO2: 149g/km

EV range: 15 miles

Ferrari engineers have named the 296 “piccolo V12” – the small V12 – and I’ll let them have that.

It hits the harmonic order of the V12 as it soars to 8,500rpm.

Maybe I should explain the name too: 296 stands for 2.9 liters and six cylinders, and GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta.

In terms of appearance, do you like? Me too.

It is the perfect blend of art and science. Elegant and necessary.

The headlights and air intakes (for the front brake) are part of a simple design.

The overhead center exhaust is a technical necessity but also looks evil.

The active rear spoiler is horizontal with the taillights when not in use.

At speed, it bounces up to generate 100kg of downforce.

Those muscular rear fences hide the radiators and coolers.

Every inch of this car serves a purpose.

Because in the end the difference between what works and what doesn’t is just air.

The cutout cabin rear aka the “flying bridge” is a name associated with the 250 LM (Le Mans) from the 60s.

Jump inside the 296 and it’s pure PlayStation: Digital dash, giant paddles, tactile controls, Performance and Eligibility modes, carbon-shell racing seats and not much else. Because you don’t need much else.

Visibility is excellent, with the windshield wrapping around you like a motorcycle visor.

Gripes? Aside from the £241k price tag, nothing really.

296 is easy to drive fast and easy to drive slow. It was a ballerina with an iron fist.

We all know Ferrari must be seen as doing the right thing as we dive headfirst into electrification.

But really this car is a genius.

It will please environmentalists and at the same time satisfy gasoline investors, once they can be persuaded to give it a try. I want one on the F8.

For you, McLaren. . .

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The 296 will run 15 miles like an EV - and that V6 acts like a powerful generator

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The 296 will run 15 miles like an EV – and that V6 acts like a powerful generator
Jump inside 296 and it's pure PlayStation

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Jump inside 296 and it’s pure PlayStationCredit: FERRARI
296 is the perfect blend of art and science - elegant and essential

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296 is the perfect blend of art and science – elegant and essentialCredit: Carrstudio
296 rockets from 0-124mph in just 7.3 seconds - and it looks good

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296 rockets from 0-124mph in just 7.3 seconds – and it looks good
We tested the 296 hybrid on road and track

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We tested the 296 hybrid on road and trackCredit: Lorenzo Marcinno
296 easy to drive fast and easy to drive slow - it's a ballerina with an iron fist

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296 easy to drive fast and easy to drive slow – it’s a ballerina with an iron fist

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8517193/ferrari-296-gtb-v6-hybrid/ We test drive the super-fast £241,550 V6 hybrid engine

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