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Ferrari 296

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

60
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

96
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

62
%
B

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

26
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

60
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

96
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

62
%
B

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

26
%
E

Summary


Proof that not even luxury supercar brands can escape the surge in automotive electrification, the Ferrari 296 is a mid-engined V6 super-coupé GTB or targa-roofed GTS that also happens to be a plug-in hybrid.

The 296 is the second Ferrari series production model to arrive in the UK that can travel on electric power alone, after the SF90 Stradale. It’s also the first roadgoing V6 model that Ferrari has produced since the Dino 246 GTB ended production in 1974.

However, having fewer cylinders doesn’t mean that the 296 is any less powerful than the V8 models in the Ferrari arsenal. The 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine is capable of producing more than 650hp and works in tandem with a 165hp electric motor. That produces a combined output of more than 800hp, almost 100hp more than the combustion-powered Ferrari F8 which the 296 will eventually replace. Plus it has an official electric range of around 16 miles.

Described by Top Gear as the supercar that will give McLaren “sleepless nights”, the Ferrari 296 GTB has had an overwhelmingly positive reception from British reviewers, universally highlighted for what Car calls “accessible high performance, mind-blowing dynamics and style crammed with real substance.” Journalists have also shared their enthusiasm for the coupé’s exterior design, which Ferrari says is inspired by the 250 LM sports car from the 1960s.

While the majority of reviewers were impressed by the Ferrari’s ability to cruise in near silence, others are not as impressed by the electrified evolution of modern Ferrari models. The Telegraph comments that “the hybrid system is adding performance far more than it’s saving the planet.” Some reviews also reported that the battery drains quickly, meaning that the car is mostly operating purely on petrol power.

Some motoring outlets also found the 296’s touch-sensitive steering wheel controls to be rather irritating, while limited boot space means there isn’t much room to accomodate shopping bags or travel luggage. The price is also steep, with optional extra packages that cost more than a full Ford Focus.

That said, the 296 GTB is regarded as a benchmark for the supercar sector – a coupé that Autocar concludes is “the latest in a long line of fabulous Ferraris that gains EV ability, but loses nothing of its drivability.”

The Ferrari 296 GTS was launched several months after the GTB coupé, but has scored similarly high praise from critics. The driving experience is almost unchanged despite losing the roof, while adding an open-top experience to further enhance summer driving.

As of January 2024, the Ferrari 296 range holds a New Car Expert Rating of B with a score of 67%, making the highest-scoring Ferrari in our Expert Rating Index. This includes both the GTB coupé and GTS targa versions.

Ferrari 296 highlights

  • Enormous performance from hybrid powertrain
  • Agile handling and body control
  • More appealing styling than many recent Ferraris
  • Able to coast in eco-friendly silence

Ferrari 296 lowlights

  • Very expensive base price with many pricey options
  • Touch-sensitive switchgear is irritating
  • Not particularly practical for day-to-day use

Key specifications


Body style: Two-door, mid-engined coupé
Engines: petrol/electric plug-in hybrid
Price: From £241,550 on-road

Launched: Spring 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the Ferrari 296 has not been tested by Euro NCAP. Due to its price and exclusivity, it is unlikely to be crash tested.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Ferrari 296 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. Again, we’re not expecting it to happen anytime soon – so you’ll just have to imagine how eco-friendly an 800hp supercar (albeit a plug-in hybrid) is likely to be.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Ferrari 296 GTB to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops.

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the 296, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models44 mpgC44 – 44 mpgC – C
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models151 g/kmB149 – 153 g/kmB – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F

The Ferrari 296 is a pretty exclusive model, and therefore we have little running cost data to display at the moment. However, we do know that the car’s insurance premiums are unsurprisingly in the most expensive bracket.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ferrari 296 has received

2022

  • News UK Motor Awards – Best Dream Car
  • Top Gear Awards – Best Supercar

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Ferrari 296, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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A supercar that is more eco-friendly but no less ferocious, the Ferrari 296 GTB is a 819hp plug-in hybrid and the Italian brand's first modern V6 model.Ferrari 296