Ferrari 296 GTS convertible caught fleeing spy photographer

ByDavid M. Conte

Oct 6, 2021

[UPDATE] The video has been deleted by the user.

Ferrari is putting the finishing touches on its second model in the Icona series as the retro-flavored V12 supercar is set to debut next month. At the same time, the Prancing Horse prepares a regular production model by cutting off the roof of the 296 GTB. Likely to carry the GTS suffix in the same vein as the 812 GTS, the new plug-in hybrid supercar was spied on directly at the Maranello plant.

Noticing the man with the camera, YouTuber Varryx, the Ferrari test driver decided to limit the damage by choosing another factory outlet instead of patiently waiting for the barrier to rise and the Opel van to pass. His efforts to lose the cameraman were unsuccessful as only five minutes later the 296 GTS was overtaken in open testing on public roads.

To reduce weight, we expect Ferrari engineers to install an aluminum roof. In the 812 GTS, the electrically retractable hardtop takes 14 seconds to open while the car is traveling at speeds of up to 28 mph (45 km / h). It goes without saying that the 296 GTS will be noticeably heavier than its sister GTB by needing chassis reinforcements controlled by the retractable roof. In the case of the 812 GTS, this car carries around 75 kilograms (165 pounds) more than its fixed-roof coupe sibling.

It will be interesting to see if the 296 GTS gets its big brother’s power rear window in which it can be lowered or raised regardless of the position of the roof. Beyond the main modifications, Ferrari could give the convertible new wheels and some minor cosmetic tweaks, but we don’t expect any major changes from the coupe.

Power will be provided by the same V6 plug-in hybrid system with a combined output of 818 hp (610 kW) and 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) of torque. The weight penalty likely means it will be a bit slower than the Coupe, which hits 62 mph (100 km / h) from standstill in 2.9 seconds and does the 0-124 mph (0-200 km / h) in 7.3 seconds before reaching a maximum of over 205 mph (330 km / h).

The official reveal is likely to take place in the first half of 2022, as Ferrari likely wants to leave a gap of several months between debuts. If the new Icona does arrive in November, the 296 GTS could be presented next spring.

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