Drivetrain-wise, the 2023 Ferrari 296 GTS is identical to the 296 GTB coupe. It has the same plug-in hybrid powertrain, lithium-ion battery pack, and electric power steering. However, to accommodate the new power-retractable hardtop without losing rigidity, Ferrari redesigned the chassis, especially around the pillars. Incidentally, that roof goes up and down in 14 seconds at speeds up to 28 mph.
Although some weight gain is inevitable when you turn a coupe into a convertible, the 2023 Ferrari 296 GTS only weighs 154 pounds more than the GTB. And that’s with the new roof’s transparent panel and height-adjustable rear glass screen. Hence why Ferrari says it has the same 0-62 mph time and 205-mph top speed, though its 0-124 mph and test track times are slower. But if you want more performance, don’t worry, the Prancing Horse has got you covered. As standard, the 2023 Ferrari 296 GTS has the same kinds of performance features as the GTB. Namely, an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, adaptive suspension, adjustable traction and stability control, Slip Slide Control, and brake-by-wire discs that are just as good as hydraulic ones, Car and Driver notes. And yes, as a plug-in hybrid, this Ferrari has regenerative braking.
Also, remember those aero pieces I mentioned earlier? They’re part of the active aero system, which includes a rear diffuser and adjustable spoiler. And unlike previous Ferrari supercars with these features, the GTS’s system prioritizes downforce production over drag reduction.
Yet if the dedicated track goers and canyon carvers aren’t satisfied, there’s always the optional Assetto Fiorano package. As with the 296 GTB, this adds carbon-ceramic brakes, grippier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, adjustable Multimatic shocks, as well as carbon-fiber interior and exterior trim and aero pieces. The package also shaves 18 pounds off the GTS’s curb weight and is the only way to get the 250 Le Mans-inspired livery.
The Ferrari 296 GTS, the evolution of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined two-seater Berlinetta spider concept, is powered by the new 120° V6 engine coupled with a plug-in (PHEV) electric motor that debuted on the 296 GTB, which unleashes a massive 830 cv in total. The car thus redefines the whole concept of fun behind the wheel, guaranteeing pure emotions not just when it is being pushed to its limits, but also in day-to-day driving situations values of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval.
The fuel consumption and CO2 emission ﬁgures refer to the WLTP cycle. 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 the 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.
As 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. The hard-top convertible version of the 296 GTB goes 0-124 mph in just 7.6 seconds Ferrari 296 GTB is, as we put it, the complicated future of the supercar. With 819 hp and a hybrid drivetrain, the V-6 car may not be a replacement for the V-8 F8, but it certainly has all the makings of a main-line Ferrari sports car. Including, as of today, a drop-top version. The Grand Touring Spider, or GTS, gets the same 120-degree twin-turbo V-6 as the coupe, paired with an electric motor that sits between the engine and gearbox. That motor can generate up to 164 hp in small bursts, enough to boost combined output to a staggering 819 hp. Torque is much lower—546 lb-ft—but with the immediacy of the electric motor and the high-revving potency of the screaming V-6, we found it plenty quick.
Don’t expect the conversion to a drop-top to slow it down much. The 296 GTS’ dry weight comes in at just under 3400 lbs, roughly 150 lbs more than the coupe. That’s not anything, but for a power-operated hard-top with the requisite chassis stiffening, it’s a good number. The 296 should still hit 62 in 2.9 seconds and charge on to 124 in 7.6 seconds.
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