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Ferrari SF90 Stradale: Maranello’s 986bhp, 2.5 second hybrid revealed

Published: 30 May 2019

► New Ferrari SF90 Stradale
► Hybrid, AWD and 986bhp
► Plus new interior technology

It’s always a good day when it’s New Ferrari Day. This is the all-new Ferrari SF90 Stradale – Maranello’s new halo model, revealed at the brand’s Fiorano test track.

This extreme supercar introduces a wealth of firsts for Ferrari, not least because its latest top-of-the-range model has a V8, not the usual V12. It’s also a plug-in hybrid, uses all-wheel drive and ushers in new chassis construction techniques.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Did you say PHEV? Give me performance specs! 

I did. But it is a Ferrari after all. The 4.0-litre V8 from the F8 Tributo has been completely redesigned, according to Chief Technical Officer Michael Leiters; ‘we had to go beyond the best V8 ever’, alluding to Ferrari’s V8 being an International Engine of the Year winner. In the SF90, it alone produces 769bhp and 590lb ft and revs to 8,000rpm. 

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That is then mated to a 7.9kWh battery and three electric motors – one for each of the front wheels and one between the combustion engine and the gearbox. That means the SF90 is capable of up to 16 miles on electric power alone. The electric drivetrain produces 217bhp.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

So, a total of 986bhp, then. That means the new ultimate Fezzer can sprint to 62mph in 2.5 seconds, making it the fastest-ever production Ferrari, and a launch to 124mph is possible in just 6.7 seconds. Top speed is logged at 211mph.

The ‘multi-material approach’ for the chassis, according to Leiters, offsets the extra weight hybrid powertrain burdens a car with. It’s a space frame – as always with Ferrari – but uses aluminium and carbonfibre in its construction. A new eight-speed dual-clutch auto has been developed, too.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Electronic torque vectoring (known as RAC-e in Ferrari speak) and electronic Side Slip Control are just some of the handling aids incorporated into the SF90. Brake-by-wire tech blends the physical brakes with e-motor regen, too.

It’s certainly a looker

As quite literally illustrated by Ferrari design boss, Flavio Manzoni, during the reveal event. Before we saw the car in the metal, he sketched out the front, rear and profile live. The SF90 is 8mm longer, 20mm slimmer and 70mm taller than a LaFerrari.

There are blended elements of the F8 Tributo that replaces the 488 but also the J50 Roadster and the SP38. After we poked around up close, we noticed – through the F40-like slatted rear window – that the engine and drivetrain are mounted incredibly low. You can also see some of the orange electrical piping underneath the vents that flank said window. 

Ferrari has introduced a ‘shut-off Gurney’ flap for the spoiler. It’s a suspended wing split into two, with one part being fixed and the other movable. The movable part is designed to manage downforce, with its higher position creating less drag and its lower one creating almost whale tail-like aero drag under high-speed cornering. 

Tell me about the interior…

Even when the late Sergio Marchionne was still CEO, Ferrari knew its interior layout wasn’t especially known for its ease-of-use. Leiters points it out himself during the car’s reveal event, too; ‘we know it is sometimes difficult to navigate in our cars.’ With the SF90, the team think they’ve cracked it with a brand-new HMI (human-machine interface).

An all-new steering wheel and user interface has been introduced with the brand’s new ultimate supercar. The wheel has illuminated touch pads, with Leiters pointing out that ‘around 80% of all of the car’s functions’ can be controlled through it. The Manettino dial (thankfully) remains analogue, but the starter button has been replaced with another touch-sensitive spot in the lower centre of the wheel. 

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Another first for Ferrari is an all-digital instrument display. It’s a 16-inch curved screen, that allows for a central (admittedly digital) rev counter in the centre and three ‘wings’ of information to slide from side-to-side behind it. If you like there are other view options, with a full map view available or a pared-back, more discrete view. A HUD is also included for the first time.

There are four drive modes that are actually separate to those on the Manettino dial, with the digital rev counter changing between them. eDrive is self-explanatory, with Hybrid mode being the default – swapping between the electric motors and combustion engine depending on throttle level and speed. Performance mode keeps the combustion engine on at all times, with the e-motors assisting power flow and the brilliantly-named Qualifying mode that has the electric motors work at maximum attack and prioritises performance over battery charging. The Manettino dial still has Wet, Sport, Race, CT off and ESC off via backlit colours on the wheel, and there is still an LED rev display on the top edge of the steering wheel.

Anything else?

There’s also a special Assetto Fiorano specification, which is 30kg lighter. It makes better use of carbonfibre in the doors and undertray and a carbonfibre fixed rear wing with a steep angle that generates up to 290kg at speeds of 155mph, has titanium springs and exhaust and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Shut up and take my money!

Okay, but you’ll have to stump up around £450,000. That’s our estimate, as CAR understands the price will be between 812 Superfast and the LaFerrari. We’ll update when we get more concrete info.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches