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New Ferrari 296 GTB To Replace the F8 Tributo

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The Ferrari 296 GTB is the Italian automaker’s new V6 hybrid-powered mid-rear-engined berlinetta sports car set to replace the F8 Tributo.
Ferrari 296 GTB Front Side
The new Ferrari 296 GTB. Credit: Ferrari

The newly unveiled Ferrari 296 GTB is the Italian automaker’s mid-rear-engined berlinetta replacement of the F8 Tributo and Ferrari’s first-ever V6 PHEV (plug-in) electric engine model.

Taking its name from a combination of its total displacement (2992 1) plus the number of cylinders (6) and the GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta) acronym, the Ferrari 296 GTB diverges from Ferrari’s traditional V8 and V12 engine models and borrows from the Formula One styled hybrid powertrains to deliver 818hp for a 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 205mph.

Ferrari 296 GTB Front
Set to replace the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Credit: Ferrari

The 295 GTB is also the first Ferrari road car to boast a V6 turbo engine with a V angle of 120° between the cylinder banks and a plug-in electric motor that helps to lower the center of gravity and reduce engine mass to deliver exceptionally high levels of power.

Ferrari 296 GTB Left Side
Powered by Ferrari’s V6 PHEV engine. Credit: Ferrari

Owners will be able to use the eManettino (power management) knob on the steering wheel to quickly switch through a range of driving modes, including eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, and Qualify modes.

In eDrive mode, the Ferrari 296 GTB’s internal combustion mode is off, and the MGU-K (Motor Generator Unit-Kinetic) engine will power the vehicle for up to 15.5 miles on electric power alone while Hybrid mode, which is the default mode on ignition, controls the power flow for maximum efficiency and varies between the V6 engine and electric motor.

Ferrari 296 GTB Rear Right
Owners have four driving modes to choose from – eDrive, Hybrid, Performance and Qualify. Credit: Ferrari

Performance mode allows the driver to take advantage of the V6 engine’s power without draining the battery. Qualify lets the driver get the most power out of the car without being concerned with battery life.

Ferrari 296 GTB Rear
Ferrari Styling Center’s new lines and exhaust design. Credit: Ferrari

Alongside the base model, Ferrari is also offering a $40,000 Assetto Fiorano track package that reduces the total weight by 26 pounds through the use of carbon-fiber elements and a special gray and yellow livery inspired by the Ferrari 250LM.

Ferrari 296 GTB Rear Aerial
The most compact berlinetta to emerge from Maranello in the last decade. Credit: Ferrari

In terms of styling, the new Ferrari 296 GTB has been redefined by the Ferrari Styling Center and is the most compact berlinetta to emerge from Maranello in the last decade. Details like its wrap-around visor style windscreen are reminiscent of several other limited editions Ferrari’s, including the J50 and other one-offs like the P80/C and its “teardrop-shaped” headlights, borrow from Ferrari’s designs of the past.

Prices for the new Ferrari 296 GTB will start at $320,000, with deliveries expected to begin the first quarter of 2022.

Ferrari 296 GTB Interior
Ferrari 296 GTB Interior Seats
Ferrari 296 GTB Silver Front Side Left
Special livery of the Assetto Fiorano track package. Credit: Ferrari
Ferrari 296 GTB Rear Right Silver
Ferrari 296 GTB Left Side Silver

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Bentley Celebrates Flying Spur Hybrid With “Odyssean Edition”

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New Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid “Odyssean Edition” is the first production Bentley to introduce elements of the futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car.
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The limited edition Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

Earlier this year, Bentley revealed the new Flying Spur Hybrid as their second electric model, and to celebrate the launch, they’ve created a special “Odyssean Edition” that takes inspiration from Bentley’s futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Side
Inspired by the futuristic Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car. Credit: Bentley Motors

As the first production Bentley to introduce details seen in the concept vehicle that imagines the future of luxury mobility in 2035, the new Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition introduces a range of new sustainable materials that enhance the design without compromising the level of luxury expected of a Bentley.

Like other Flying Spur models, the “Odyssean Edition” also uses Bentley’s signature Flying spur “lofted diamond” pattern throughout the interior and features tweed material made from 100% British wool especially made for Bentley, Koa veneers, sustainable leathers, and specially engraved treadplates and D-pillar badging.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Side Rear
Six curated colors have been selected for the exterior of the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

For the exterior of the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition, owners have a choice from a curated palette of six colors to complement the detailing and have five interior specifications to choose from, including Beluga, Porpoise, Cricket Ball, Brunel or Burnt Oak (owners are still able to select from the full range of Bentley colors if they desire).

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Treadplates
Custom treadplate of the Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is powered by a 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 engine combined with an advanced electric motor that together delivers 536 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds. When fully fuelled, the Odyssean will be able to travel over 435 miles due to the new powertrain that requires significantly less fuel.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Interior Dash
Luxurious interiors made with sustainable materials. Credit: Bentley Motors

Like other Bentley models, owners can review various options and data through the My Bentley app, including the “find my car” and “lock my car” feature, location of e-charging stations, remote initiation of battery charging, and cabin comfort control.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Seating
“Lofted Diamond” pattern featured throughout the Flying Spur Hybrid. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is a limited edition, although price and numbers have not been revealed as yet.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Interior
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Details
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Taillights
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Wheels

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McLaren 765LT Spider is McLaren’s Most Powerful Convertible Yet

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The new limited-edition McLaren 765LT Spider is McLaren’s most powerful convertible yet and offers owners the Longtail driving experience.
The new McLaren 765LT Spider revealed. Credit: McLaren Auto
The new McLaren 765LT Spider revealed. Credit: McLaren Auto

McLaren has revealed the McLaren 765LT Spider as the brand’s most powerful convertible to date and fastest accelerating LT Spider yet.

Following on from the McLaren 765LT “Longtail” coupe unveiled last year, the new 765LT Spider will be limited to only 765 vehicles to match the production numbers of the already sold-out coupe.

The 765LT Spider is McLaren's fastest accelerating LT Spider yet. Credit: McLaren Auto
The 765LT Spider is McLaren’s fastest accelerating LT Spider yet. Credit: McLaren Auto

The 765LT Spider, like its predecessors, stays true to the Longtail principles first developed over 25 years ago and features McLaren’s triple-patented retractable hard top roof for a driving experience that puts the driver at the center of the action.

Featuring an electrically operated one-piece carbon fiber retractable hard top. Credit: McLaren Auto
Featuring an electrically operated one-piece carbon fiber retractable hard top. Credit: McLaren Auto

“Lowering the convertible roof of the 765LT Spider opens up another level of driver engagement. The coupe is impressive in its own right, but when you lower the roof of the Spider, there is a step-change in character – almost a theatrical element, like experiencing a live orchestra from right in front of the stage,” shared Ian Howshall, Global Product Manager, McLaren Automotive.

The McLaren 765LT Spider is only 108lbs heavier than the coupe version. Credit: McLaren Auto
The McLaren 765LT Spider is only 108lbs heavier than the coupe version. Credit: McLaren Auto

As the most powerful convertible to date (not including the Elva, which doesn’t have a roof and thus can’t “convert”), the 765LT Spider is powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine to produce 765PS and 800Nm of torque, hitting 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 205mph.

Limited to only 765 vehicles in total will be produced. Credit: McLaren Auto
Limited to only 765 vehicles in total will be produced. Credit: McLaren Auto

Pricing of the McLaren 765LT Spider starts at £310, 500 with availability limited to only 765 cars for customer order worldwide and production capacity for 2021 already filled.

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McLaren 765LT Spider Lifestyle Parked Door Up
McLaren 765LT Spider Exhaust

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The Final Bugatti Divo Delivered To European Customer

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Bugatti has revealed the 40th and final Bugatti Divo hypercar has been completed at the Molsheim factory and delivered to a European customer.
Last Bugatti Divo Front Side View
The last Bugatti Divo has now been built and delivered. Credit: Bugatti

A little over three years ago, Bugatti announced the Divo as a revival of its coachbuilding division and has now completed the last and final Bugatti Divo of the 40 bespoke vehicles built in total.

Delivered to a European customer, the final Bugatti Divo is finished in Bugatti EB 110 Blue with contrasting Blue Carbon and an interior with French Racing Blue and Deep Blue accents.

Last Bugatti Divo Rear Side View
Reviving Bugatti’s historic coach-building skills. Credit: Bugatti

Following in the footsteps of Bugatti’s historic coach-built vehicles, each of the 40 Bugatti Divo’s has been individually styled by the owners with various colors, materials, and bespoke design features to ensure that none are identical.

Where the coach-built Bugatti’s of the past have consisted of various bodywork shapes tailored around a single chassis, owners of the Divo have been able to push the envelope with the design and development team being able to modify one-off technical components to create entirely individual models to suit the driving style of the owners.

Last Bugatti Divo Rear View
Custom built to each of the 40 owners specifications. Credit: Bugatti

“As well as unique design, customers who buy a coach-built model enjoy a new, individual driving experience,” explains Pierre Rommelfanger, Head of Overall Vehicle Development at Bugatti. “Each small series undergoes the same degree of development as would a larger production run.”

Named after the French race car driver Albert Divo, who scored a series of race victories for Bugatti over a 20-year period, in honor of him and headquarters in Molsheim, the French flag adorns the Divo’s left and right front fenders as seen on the final Divo to leave the factory.

Priced at five million euros, the Bugatti Divo was Bugatti’s most expensive model when it was first announced in 2018 and was sold within weeks of its first reveal to select customers.

Last Bugatti Divo Interior
Final Bugatti Divo delivered features interior with French Racing Blue and Deep Blue accents. Credit: Bugatti

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