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In the last couple of months, Ferrari has been pumping out some impressive limited-edition models. It’s interesting to note that they all give a nod to Ferrari’s motoring history in some way. A couple of days ago, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale was presented to the public, and it too follows the same ideology.
The name SF90 Stradale hides some essential secrets for Ferrari. 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of Ferrari’s Scuderia division, which is what the SF90 stands for. Those of you that are familiar with this years F1 cars will also notice that the SF90 is the designation of their F1 car. To not mix the two, the road going PHEV receives the Stradale suffix.
At the heart of the aggressively styled Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the monstrous 986 hp plug-in hybrid power plant. The petrol-electric combination features a flat-plane V8 in the middle, while the electric part consists of three electric motors. Two of the motors are mounted up front, with the F1 derived MGUK unit fitter out back, between the gearbox and the engine.
The tried and proved 4-liter V8 pushes out 769 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, while the electric trio is responsible for the leftover 217.
Diverting power to the rear wheels is an eight-speed dual-clutch ‘box. Since the Ferrari SF90 Stradale also has motors on the front, it’s an all-wheel-drive layout, which is a first for Ferrari. This results in a 2.5s sprint to 60 mph, with 211 mph being the top speed mark.
Something New, Something Old
The hybrid drive is certainly not a novelty for Ferrari. What is a novelty, however is the plug-in capability. Ferrari joined the eco-friendly trend of high-performance hybrids with the SF90 by giving it a pure electric mode. If you switch to it, the eco stallion can cover 16 miles in silence, with a conservative top speed of 84 mph.
Speaking of driving modes, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale has four of them. The default mode is Hybrid, where the ECU optimizes the efficiency of the whole system. The extreme ones are Performance and Qualify, in which the petrol-electric systems work in synergy.
What is left is the all-electric eDrive mode, in which you only have front wheel drive.
I have to admit that it’s kinda strange to say front wheel drive and Ferrari in the same article.
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Isn’t A Thing Of Beauty
Unlike the P80/C, where four years were spent on perfecting the way it looks, it seems Ferrari was exhausted when designing the SF90.
While it does have the recognizable Ferrari silhouette, there are some debatable styling decisions. The front is aggressive with the massive vents, but the headlight assembly reminds me of the new Renault Megane.
The sides feature big vents for the mid-mounted engine, while the rear is a mix between the LaFerrari and the future of Ferrari.
I think it’s a shame they opted out of the full glass cover because that puts the heart of the car in 1st person view.
Instead, the cover features something called a shut-off Gurney, and it plays a significant role in rear-end aero.
It’s worth mentioning that the funky body of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale makes 860 lb of downforce at 155 mph. Impressive given the reasonably minimal use of wings.
Welcoming The Future
On the interior side of things, it’s standard Ferrari with some new additions that’ll find it’s way into the Ferraris of the future. The first one is the huge 16” digital cluster that wraps around the driver.
The steering wheel is typical Ferrari, while the center console gives the nod to the manual Ferraris of the past with switches arranged in a gated fashion, reminiscent of the shifter gate.
Allowing you to keep your hands on the wheels at all times is the handy HUD display that project various important info to the windscreen. It’s also worth mentioning that the Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the first one to feature keyless entry.
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is In High Demand
There’s no info on the pricing as of right now, nor the date of the delivery. The collectability factor is an important one, and there’s even a build spot available for sale for $1.5 million, which is just insane.