Ferrari’s all new SF90 Stradale is the Italian supercar maker’s first series production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Representing a major landmark for the company that has brought us such a wealth of sports car innovation for decades


The Ferrari SF90 Story

Firstly, if you think you must compromise to take an environmental path, consider that the car boasts a whopping 986-horsepower.  As a result, it is the fastest Ferrari road car ever. The SF90 styling is eye-catching to say the least.

The svelte, sinuous lines flow superbly and the car does credit to Ferrari’s in-house design team headed by Flavio Manzoni. Consequently, even parked on the street, the car looks sensational. Passers-by drool over the power unit as they gaze through the small glazed panel over the mid-engine location.

Supercar Performance

The vast power levels are generated by a Ferrari 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8, boosted by no less than three powerful electric motors. Interestingly, two of the electric motors are located at the wheels and the other at the transmission.

This makes the car the first mid-engine Ferrari with all-wheel drive, a highly valuable asset in a car with this much power. Getting all this performance to the wheels is an 8-speed automatic transmission. There are four driving modes. EV only (about 25 km range), Hybrid, Performance, and Qualifying.  With the last choice exploiting the car’s optimal capabilities.

The cockpit is very much up to Ferrari’s usual high standards and comes with a wide range of creature comforts.  This includes a large infotainment screen plus six speakers, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth. There’s also a rear backup camera and warning sensors for reversing.  Certainly something any owner of a car like this would deem essential.

Expectedly, there are some sacrifices owners will have to make and one of them is very minimal cargo space. Two people off for a weekend road trip will have to use lots of imagination to squeeze in anything by way of luggage, but no doubt the hybrid supercar’s performance will easily compensate for that.

In short, what buyers will get, at an understandably substantial price, is one of the fastest Ferraris ever built. They will be hard pressed to find the driving thrills in any other car available right now. Like all Ferraris, it will have considerable collector value eventually because the Maranello manufacturer is not likely to build very many SF90 Stradales.

The Statistics

ENGINE: Twin turbo V-8 plus three electric motors.

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed dual clutch automatic, all-wheel drive.

ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 2.5-seconds.

TOP SPEED: 340 km/h.

I LIKED: Above all, an outstanding styling job by Ferrari’s own design team and a joy to look at from any angle. Other-worldly performance almost unmatched anywhere in the industry. Handling developed to match the engine’s capabilities.

I DIDN’T LIKE: Very minimal cargo space, therefore limiting the length of road trips.

MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Aston Martin Valhalla

WHO DRIVES ONE? Ferrari enthusiasts with the money to invest in something very special, even by Ferrari standards. Buyers in this class who have been waiting for a PHEV to come along.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Available soon at around €562.500.


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