The prancing horse is welcoming a new chapter in its history with the introduction of the brand’s first ever plug-in hybrid and all-wheel-drive model, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.
Let’s get down to the technical bits first because we know what you’re thinking, a PHEV from Ferrari?? In view of tightening emission standards, this is Ferrari’s way of reducing its overall emissions and the most straightforward way is electrification.
With the outstanding performance of the LaFerrari, you can trust that the engineers at Maranello know a thing or two about hybrid systems. The award-winning 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 is tuned to develop 780 hp and 800 Nm to drive the rear wheels via a new 8-speed dual clutch transmission.
The V8 is supported with three electric motors – one at the rear and 2 at the front axle, effectively giving the SF90 Stradale all-wheel-drive capabilities. Combined, the electric motors generate additional 220 hp giving the new mid-engine supercar a system output of 1,000 hp.
Century sprint is dispatched in 2.5 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h is done in a mild numbing 6.7 seconds while top speed is capped at 340 km/h. The SF90 Stradale is also the fastest Ferrari to go around Fiorano circuit at 1:19.00, just a fraction of a second quicker than the LaF’s 1:19.7 lap time. Hybrid assistance doesn’t sound too shabby now eh.
On top of the Manettino switch which sets the vehicle dynamics, there is an eManettino button on the left side of the steering wheel which toggles the hybrid system into 4 different drive modes – eDrive for pure electric drive mode (up to 25 km on full charge), Hybrid for maximum efficiency, Performance for balance between performance and battery charge and Qualify for all-out lap times.
The SF90 Stradale has to lug around 270 kg worth of hybrid system and battery pack, but the engineers have managed to keep the cars overall weight to 1,570 kg (with lightweight options) which is around 100 kg more than a 488GTB.
However, to have the SF90 Stradale in its lightest configuration, customers will have to opt for the Assetto Fiorano version which is the sports-oriented specification. The Assetto Fiorano specification bags you GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers, carbon fibre exterior pack, carbon fibre rear spoiler which generates 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h, titanium exhaust and specific Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 rubbers.
Also making a first appearance on a Ferrari is a fully digital instrument cluster, a 16-inch HD screen which curves towards the driver making it easier to read and give off an F1-style wrap-around cockpit effect. The buttons on the steering wheel have also been restyled with new touch controls, rotary cruise control knob and engine start/stop button on the centre spoke.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale Debut