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Drag race: Ferrari SF90 vs Ferrari 296 GTB

May 12, 2023 by

Mat gets behind the wheel of the Ferrari 296 GTB, the ‘entry-level’ option in the Ferrari supercar line-up, and goes against Yianni who drives the Ferrari SF90 – one of the best drag racers we’ve had. Both are plug-in hybrids and both come with impressive performance figures.

The 296 GTB is fitted with a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 paired to an electric motor and it’s a newcomer to our drag race leaderboard. Weighing 1,470kg dry, the 830hp output and 740Nm of torque is sent to the rear wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

While the 296 is fresh to our drag races, the SF90 is not. This legend of the drag race leaderboard has clocked 9.6 seconds over the standing quarter mile, and has faced icons like the Rimac Nevera and the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Underneath the skin of the SF90 is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that’s twinned with three electric motors – two on the front axle, one on the rear – providing all-wheel drive. That setup develops 1,000hp and 800Nm, with the SF90 weighing 1,570kg dry.

While this seems like a foregone conclusion with the SF90 offering more performance, all-wheel drive and only being 100kg heavier – things might not be as they seem with this one. You have to watch the video to find out who wins.

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