A new chapter begins in the history of Ferrari with the introduction of its first series-production PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), the SF90 Stradale.
The new Ferrari SF90 Stradale is extreme on every level. For the first time in Ferrari's history, a V8 engine stands at the top, not only of its category, but also its range with unprecedented performance for a series-production car: 1,000 cv, a weight-to-power ratio of 1.57 kg/cv, and 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h.
The 90° V8 turbo engine is capable of delivering 780 cv, the highest power output of any 8-cylinder in Ferrari history. An additional 220 cv is delivered by no fewer than three electric motors, one at the rear, known as the MGUK (Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic) which derives from Formula 1, located between the engine and the new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission on the rear axle, and two on the front axle. The driver simply has to select one of the four power unit modes thanks to a sophisticated control logic which manages the flow of power between the engine, the electric motors and the batteries.
The SF90 Stradale is also the first Ferrari sports car to be equipped with 4WD, which allows the incredible power unleashed by the hybrid powertrain to be fully exploited and makes the car the new benchmark for standing starts: 0-100 km/h in 2.5 sec and 0-200 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.
A further innovation is theshut-off Gurney, a patented active system located at the rear of the car which regulates the air flow over the upper bodywork, reducing drag in straight lines or with minimal steering angles and increasing downforce in corners, under braking and during changes of direction when demanding high performance from the car.
From a stylistic perspective, the mid-rear-engined sports berlinetta proportions introduced on the 360 Modena twenty years ago have been completely rewritten and inspired by Ferrari's recentsupercars. A good example is the cockpit, which has a smaller frontal section and is placed closer to the front of the car to reduce drag. This was also achieved without impacting on-board comfort.
The track-derived “eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” philosophy takes on a truly central role for the first time too, significantly influencing the ergonomics and styling of the interior. The result is an HMI (Human-Machine Interface) and interior layout concept that are a complete departure from previous models.
The steering wheel now has a touchpad and a series of haptic buttons that allow the driver to control virtually every aspect of the car using just their thumbs. The central instrument cluster is now entirely digital with the first automotive application of a 16” curved HD display which can be fully configured and controlled using the controls on the steering wheel.
For the first time on a Ferrari, clients can choose between the standard car and a version with a more sports-oriented specification: the Assetto Fiorano one. This specification includes significant upgrades, including special GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers, extra lightweight features made from high-performance materials such as carbon-fibre (door panels, underbody) and titanium (springs, entire exhaust line), resulting in a weight-saving of 30 kg. Another difference is the high downforce carbon-fibre rear spoiler which generates 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h.