Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m

Shaun · Jul 6, 2022 08:54 PM

Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 01

This is the Ferrari 296 GTS, the open-top version of the 296 GTB, which is officially launched in Malaysia by Naza Italia and marks its Southeast Asian debut. The Berlinetta Spider is priced at RM 1.448 million before insurance, taxes, duties, and customisation options.

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Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 03

Like the 296 GTB, the 296 GTS is powered by an electrified 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine that makes 663 PS, while the electric motor delivers 167 PS. Combined, the hybrid powertrain outputs 830 PS/740 Nm.

Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 01

Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 02

Power goes to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with F1-derived component like the MGU-K (Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic) sitting in between the engine and transmission to recover energy losses from braking.

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Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 04

The Ferrari 296 GTS weighs 70 kg more than the GTB at 1,540 kg (dry weight), but its 0-100 km/h sprint time is identical to the hard top at 2.9 seconds. Though the 0-200 km/h acceleration time is three-tenths off the GTB, at 7.6 seconds. Top speed is claimed to be over 330 km/h.

Also read: Ferrari 296 GTB will debut in Malaysia with RM 2,110 road tax - cheapest for a Ferrari

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Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 06

Also like the GTB, there’s a floor-mounted 7.45 kWh battery, enough for an all-electric range of 25 km and at speeds up to 135 km/h.

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Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 08

Visual cues to tell the GTS apart from the GTB, aside from the obvious retractable hard top, would be the unique tonneau cover design and redesigned buttresses. Although only keen-eyed viewers would be able to spot the differences.

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Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 10

Like most convertibles, reinforcements have been added to compensate for the lack of a permanent roof, with modifications to the A- and B-pillar as well as side sills.

As for the roof itself, the mechanism takes 14 seconds to retract or deploy and can work at speeds of up to 45 km/h.

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Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 12

Inside, the cabin is mostly identical to the GTB, except for the redesigned centre tunnel that has a closing lid for the storage compartment. Plus the aerodynamic flaps that have been integrated into the rear trim structure to reduce buffetting and increase comfort in open-top driving.

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Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 14

Elsewhere, there's the full-digital instrument cluster and the steering wheel features capacitive touch buttons, and the passenger also has a display.

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Ferrari 296 GTS launched in Malaysia; PHEV with unlimited headroom, from RM 1.448m 16

And as with any brand-new Ferrari, sky’s the limit when it comes to customisation options. There’s also the Assetto Fiorano package with go-fast bits for those who want to track their Ferrari 296 GTS.

Also read: Can a V6 wear the prancing horse badge? Ferrari 296 GTB launched in Malaysia, priced from RM 1.2 mil before tax

Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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