The SF90 Stradale: The Most Powerful Street-Legal Ferrari Supercar Yet
Ferrari has introduced its most powerful car to date to its production lineup.
In late May, after months of speculation, Ferrari released details about the much-anticipated SF90 Stradale. This plug-in hybrid electric Ferrari supercar should soothe the fears of those dreading the phase-out of the internal combustion engine. This model is powered by a V-8 turbo engine, along with three electric motors—one in the car’s rear and two on the front axles—and a 7.9 kWh lithium-ion battery. Combined, the powertrain produces an astonishing 986 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, and its maximum speed is 211 mph.
Here’s what you need to know about Ferrari’s latest innovation.
Cost of Ferrari Supercar SF90 Stradale
Ferrari hasn’t released the price of the SF90 Stradale yet, but because it’s a production car, the price likely won’t be as high as the LaFerrari, the brand’s previous foray into electric that debuted in 2013 and started around $1 million. Only 500 LaFerrari units were produced. Some Ferrari dealers estimate that the SF90 Stradale will cost less than the LaFerrari but more than the $350,000 488 GTB, Ferrari’s last V-8 mid-engine.
Ferrari should begin deliveries in early 2020, but buyers should anticipate a long waiting list.
This is another unknown, as Ferrari has not released the final data yet. With the Ferrari supercar’s top speed at more than 200 mph, drivers won’t see the same numbers as hybrids specifically engineered for fuel economy.
Ferrari Supercar Interior
The SF90 Stradale Ferrari supercar will set the standard for the interior of future Ferrari models. Expect a minimalistic design, as the dashboard eschews physical buttons and relies on capacitive touch controls for almost everything.
Thanks to a new, 16-inch curved screen that contains the instrument cluster, the interior of the SF90 Stradale feels like the cockpit of a Formula 1 car. More controls have been placed on the steering wheel. This allows drivers to turn on the headlights and windshield wipers and shift between performance and all-electric modes without moving their hands from the wheel. Climate controls are to the right of the steering wheel on a capacitive touch pod. Drivers change gears using three push-pull toggles on the transmission hump, similar to a gated manual shifter, and downshift with steering wheel paddles.
The car’s electric motors can power the car up to 88 mph on its own, with a driving range of about 15 miles.
While the move to electric could take away some of the race car feel of combustible engine Ferraris, the automaker has ensured the SF90 Stradale’s performance won’t disappoint. This model is Ferrari’s first of its type with all-wheel drive, and the added traction translates into impressive acceleration.
Ferrari’s engineers have redesigned the car’s intake and exhaust systems and have lowered its center of gravity by 15 mm with a more compact clutch assembly. They also added slightly bigger pistons to increase the engine capacity by 2 cc and added new front wheel brake calipers that send cooling air to the brake pads and discs. The electric motors power each front wheel, which allows them to alter the power to the front wheels in real time. This feature gives the driver more control around corners. The front-wheel motors also back the car up, so the transmission doesn’t need a reverse gear.
For buyers looking for a little something more and willing to pay for it, Ferrari will offer the Assetto Fiorano edition, which will weigh 66 pounds less and travel faster. This model will come with titanium springs and exhaust, as well as a carbon fiber underbody, rear wing, and doors. Special Michelin tires made with fewer grooves and a softer material will better hold the car to the road as well.
SF90 Stradale Driving Modes
The SF90’s control logic is designed to decide when to use the different power sources. The car operates in electric mode in reverse, as it does in the driver-selected eDrive mode, in which the two front electric motors take over for up to 15 miles. In hybrid mode, all power sources have been engineered to operate as efficiently as possible, while in performance mode, the engine runs continuously to charge the battery or drive. Qualify mode prompts the engines to focus on maximizing power to the wheels rather than charging.
Aerodynamics of the SF90 Stradale
The SF90 Ferrari supercar is outfitted with a low engine cover and rear diffuser that increase downforce and improve the car’s aerodynamics. An active element in the back controls how air flows over the car, whether it’s reducing drag for high-speed driving, or adding downforce around corners and when the car changes direction. In addition, radial elements on the wheels’ spokes direct away hot air from the brakes. This design feature channels heated air off the wheel rims and into the flow of air along the side of the car.
As several countries around the world plan to eliminate sales of gas- and diesel-powered cars, some have made exceptions for hybrids. For Ferrari customers who still want to buy a traditional Ferrari engine, the SF90 Stradale Ferrari supercar could be an excellent solution.