As promised, Ferrari today introduced its first-ever plug-in hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale, marking the first time that a V8 is the top-of-the-range model in the glorious history of the Italian automaker.
The car’s name refers to the 90th anniversary of the foundation of Scuderia Ferrari and underscores the strong link that has always existed between Ferrari’s track and road cars.
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The SF90 Stradale produces a phenomenal 986 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm by mating a new 769-horsepower turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 to a trio of electric motors delivering a combined 217 horsepower. The intake and exhaust systems were completely redesigned in the process.
One of the motors is mounted at the rear between the engine and the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The other two sit on the front axle and exclusively power the car in electric mode (range of 25 kilometres based on the global WLTP cycle and top speed of 135 km/h thanks to a high-performance lithium-ion battery) while independently controlling the torque delivered to each wheels.
This four-wheel drive hybrid Ferrari sports car tips the scale at 1,570 kilograms, giving it an incredible weight-to-power ratio of 1.57 kg/hp. As a result, it sprints from 0-100 km/h in a mere 2.5 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.
For the first time on a Ferrari, customers will be able to choose between the standard car and a more sports-oriented model called Assetto Fiorano. The latter includes significant upgrades such as special GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers, extra lightweight features, a high-downforce carbon fibre rear spoiler (390 kilograms at 250 km/h) and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires designed specifically to improve performance on the track in the dry.
Taking Design to the Extremes
For maximum performance in terms of overall weight, rigidity, aerodynamics and centre of gravity, the chassis and body shell of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale are all new, built using multiple materials such as carbon fibre.
Particularly noteworthy is the innovative shut-off Gurney, a patented active system located at the rear of the car which regulates the air flow over the upper body, reducing drag at high speeds and increasing downforce in corners, under braking and during changes of direction.
From a design standpoint, the SF90 Stradale takes its inspiration from Ferrari’s recent supercars. A good example is the F1-style wraparound cockpit, which has a smaller front section and is placed closer to the front of the car to reduce drag. Meanwhile, the human-machine interface and interior layout concept are a complete departure from previous models.
In particular, the steering wheel now has a touchpad and a series of haptic buttons that allow the driver to control virtually every aspect of the car using just their thumbs. The central instrument cluster is now entirely digital with the first automotive application of a 16-inch curved HD screen that can be fully configured and controlled using the controls on the steering wheel. A large head-up display is included, as well.
Ferrari launched a dedicated microsite (SF90stradale.com) for fans who want to get complete details, photos and videos of the new SF90 Stradale. Needless to say we’re extremely anxious to get behind the wheel.