2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale: Maranello’s Most Powerful Road Car Is a 986-HP, AWD Plug-In Hybrid
It slots between the F8 Tributo and Ferrari's halo hypercars, meaning something even more extreme might be on the horizon.
Year, Make, Model: 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale
Top Line: Named after the company's Formula 1 car currently piloted by Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, the SF90 Stradale is Ferrari's brand new plug-in hybrid boasting a turbocharged V-8, three electric motors, and nearly 1,000 horsepower.
What's New: We'll cut to the chase—you're looking at the most powerful production Ferrari ever made. And to our fake surprise, it doesn't involve a V-12.
Mounted in the middle instead is a 769-hp, 4.0-liter, turbocharged V-8—the most powerful eight-cylinder in Ferrari history—hooked up to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Picking up the slack are three electric motors—one in the back and one dedicated to each front wheel. The result? A combined output of 986 hp, 0 to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, and a top speed of 211 mph.
Ferrari says the hybrid system takes up 595 pounds of the Stradale's 3,561-pound curb weight but the thrust it provides is well worth the weight gain.
In addition to being the first plug-in hybrid Ferrari, it's also the first Ferrari sports car to come with four-wheel drive. Yeah, the FF and GTC4Lusso power all four wheels but they ain't Ferrari sports cars, you see.
The lucky few who will ever find themselves climbing into the Stradale's futuristic bodywork and behind its touchpad-equipped steering wheel will be greeted by an entirely digital instrument cluster courtesy of a 16-inch curved HD screen. It's apparently the first of its kind to be found in a car, beating BMW to the curved-gauges punch.
It isn't all Prius-power, iPad gauges, and Ridge Racer styling, though. As a nice nod to Ferraris of the past, the SF90's automatic gear selector resembles the H-shaped gate of a manual shifter.
Quotable: "Ferrari’s engineers were able to further broaden the spectrum of dynamic controls by introducing the full-electric front axle, known as the RAC-e (electronic cornering set-up regulator)," reads Ferrari's release regarding the SF90 Stradale’s hybridized front end. "As well as exclusively providing propulsion in electric drive, the two front motors independently control the torque delivered to the two wheels, extending the concept of Torque Vectoring."
What You Need to Know: Despite being more powerful than the LaFerrari, the SF90 Stradale is not a direct successor. It actually slots in between the F8 Tributo and where a LaFerrari sequel would sit, meaning an even more extreme Ferrari could be coming sooner rather than later.
The Stradale can be driven in four drivetrain modes: eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, and Qualify. In the electric-only eDrive mode, the SF90's V-8 and rear electric motor shuts off, essentially rendering the car a front-wheel-drive EV. It has an electric-only range of 15.5 miles. Hybrid mode, meanwhile, is what the car starts up in and defaults to. Like its name suggests, all three electric motors and the fuel-powered engine work in tandem, maintaining a high level of both efficiency and performance.
Stick the Stradale in Performance and the V-8 is always-on, eschewing efficiency for more go-fast happy fun-times. The cheekily named Qualify mode, meanwhile, throws any and all pretenses of fuel economy out the window and puts all of the car's motors—electric or otherwise—in maximum attack position.
Those actually looking to purchase an SF90 Stradale can get the car as "standard" or in something Ferrari calls Assetto Fiorano spec. The equipment package, which I'm gonna go ahead and call Stradale AF, comes with Multimatic suspension, 66 pounds less weight thanks to various carbon fiber and titanium parts including a carbon rear spoiler, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
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