Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is Your New 986 HP Plug-In Hybrid Prancing Horse

After a flurry of last minute leaks, Ferrari has officially unveiled their first plug-in hybrid.

Dubbed the SF90 Stradale, the car is a series-production supercar which celebrates the 90th anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari and the strong link between the company’s road and track cars.

Of course, the big news is the powertrain which features a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 769 hp (574 kW / 780 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. It is paired to a hybrid system which features three electric motors. One of motors is sandwiched between the V8 and a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the other two are located at the front axle.

The electric motors are powered by a 7.9 kWh lithium-ion battery and produce a combined output of 217 hp (162 kW / 220 PS). This gives the all-wheel drive SF90 Stradale an overall output of 986 hp (735 kW / 1000 PS).

In terms of performance, the supercar can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds and from 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in 6.7 seconds. Given enough room, the SF90 will eventually hit a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h). Furthermore, the model can travel up to 15.5 miles (25 km) on electricity alone – while being powered exclusively by the front wheels.

While plug-in hybrids aren’t known for being lightweight, the SF90 Stradale tips the scales at just 3,461 lbs (1,570 kg). This gives the model a “record-breaking weight/power ratio” of 3.5 lbs/hp (1.57 kg/cv).

Ferrari acknowledged that keeping the weight down was a “challenge” as the hybrid system added 595 lbs (270 kg) to the vehicle. However, they managed to accomplish this by using a multi-material body and chassis. These components are constructed out of a number of lightweight materials including carbon fiber and new aluminum alloys. The changes to the chassis didn’t just save weight as Ferrari revealed the architecture has 20% higher bending stiffness and 40% higher torsional rigidity than previous platforms.

Sticking with the performance theme, the SF90 Stradale has a new eManettino switch mounted on the steering wheel. It allows drivers to select between four different operating modes for the powertrain.

eDrive is the aforementioned EV mode which allows the car to travel silently in the city. Hybrid mode, on the other hand, is the default setting and it optimizes the overall efficiency of the powertrain. Performance mode keeps the V8 engine running at all times so “power is instantly and fully available when required.” Lastly, Qualify mode allows the car’s full potential to be unleashed as it prioritizes performance over battery charging and allows the electric motors to produce their maximum output.

Engineers also developed a new electronic Side Slip Control (eSSC) vehicle control system which optimizes driving dynamics. It incorporates an electric traction control system which “optimally manages the availability of the torque – both ICE and electric – distributing it to the individual wheels to suit driving conditions and grip requirements.” The eSSC also features a torque vectoring function – which relies heavily on the front electric motors – and a high-tech braking system which allows “braking torque to be split between the hydraulic system and the electric motors.”

On the styling front, the car is a billed as a “radical evolution” of sports cars produced over the past 20 years. The shape is instantly recognizable, but the model adopts slender LED Matrix headlights, a more curved windshield and slimmer A-pillars. The model also has aerodynamic side skirts, high-mounted intakes and a radical rear end. The latter boasts a prominent diffuser, dual exhaust tips and Camaro-like taillights.

The rear end of the car will likely prove controversial, but its design has a purpose – aerodynamics and downforce. As Ferrari explained, the engine cover is split into two sections. The lower section – with the third brake light – is fixed, while the other is “mobile.”

According to the company, “In urban usage or at maximum speed, the two sections are aligned and suspended above the engine cover, with the mobile wedge acting as an efficient fairing to the fixed element, allowing the air to flow both above and beneath the shut-off Gurney. In high downforce conditions (such as driving through corners, braking or in abrupt changes of direction), the mobile element is lowered by a pair of electric actuators, closing the lower blown area and uncovering the fixed element, generating a new tail geometry characterized by a broad load surface topped by a powerful nolder.”

That’s a lot to take in, but Ferrari says the car generates 860 lbs (390 kg) of downforce at 155 mph (250 km/h). The company calls this a new benchmark for high-performance road cars.

The futuristic styling continues in the cabin as there’s an “aeronautically-inspired cockpit” with a massive 16-inch digital instrument cluster. It features a center-mounted tachometer which is flanked by navigation and infotainment displays.

Elsewhere, there’s a flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel and new touch controls which provide easy access to commonly used features such as the climate control system. The model also has a head up display and a secondary display for passengers.

 

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  • Matthew Daraei

    What a beauty!

  • AMG44

    Rear end along with Camaro taillights is too much. Very busy design

    • donald seymour

      Thought they were concepcy, and that’s why I the taillights.

  • raikkonen

    meh…looks like a 488 w/ a bodykit.

    They couldn’t make it more of an individualistic, unique design???

    I feel like you could put a Lexus or Acura badge on this, and no one would think twice.

    I’m sure it accelerates from 0-60 in 1.0 second and laps Fiorano 10 seconds faster than a Pista, blah, blah, blah.

    I remember the days when new Ferrari’s used to make my heart race…each one more beautiful than the last.

    I used to yearn to own one.

    Apparently those days are over…

    • Mr. Viscous
      • Seats & a steering wheel

        It looks absolutely great, but in this day and age simply doesn’t stand out in a world of Koenigseggs, Bugattis, Pagani and other specialist exotic car manufacturers. A Lamborghini Veneno makes this look plain by comparison.I remember in the 80’s and 90’s ..and even early 2000’s when F40, F50 and Enzo shocked the world.

        • Matteo Tommasi

          The Veneno is remembered as the ugliest Lambo ever for a reason.
          It was overcomplicated as hell.
          If a car is plain compared to it, is a good start for it being good looking.

        • Matteo Tommasi

          BTW, this isn’t a new LaFerrari. It’s a regular production.

      • Mr. EP9

        Personally, I see that as just hideous. It’s as ugly, if not more so, than the Tributo.

        • Matt

          Calling this ‘hideous’ is a pretty major stretch. I mean seriously…

  • alex.remsen

    meh, nothing special

  • Six_Tymes

    Wow, very sexy from every angle, especially the rear. This is a million times better than Mclarens most resent release. Nice work Ferrari! I cant wait to see a full video review this sexy monster. And really love that gray color on this.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      In fairness, the GT can’t hold a candle to this in any metric– It’s not meant to. But you are right on the mark with everything else.

  • MPAMPIS

    amaizing …!

  • ctk4949

    Front is OK, but that rear…OUCH!!!! Did they have 10 different guys design it at the same time?!?! Why not just continue that glass engine cover up to the roof?? That way you don’t need that slit of a window for rear visibility!!

    • donald seymour

      I believe the packaging wouldn’t allow it from the looks of it.

  • ErnieB

    This one will have polarizing views. I personally like it.. it’s the future but I wish the exterior design was a bit more special. I think the onslaught of super cars has tainted us and the rush to come up with extreme hypercars quickly has something to do with it— but wtf do I know.. give me extreme and awesome give me Koenigsegg.

  • Mr. EP9

    What did they do to the back end? That’s awful. First McLaren phoned it in with the GT and now Ferrari did with this. Are they trying to one up each other?

    • donald seymour

      I like the backend. It looks all conceptual like. But yes, they are trying to one up each other.

  • GobbleUp

    Poorly done…not liking the bad 488-based design.

  • SafeBrowse ✔✔

    pininfarina battista at the front

  • Necmy

    generally ferrari editing videos are serious epilepsy trigger, unhealthy as much as ferrari CO2 outputs…

  • nikolas karelis

    second to none..unique category of performance!

  • B.Stokes

    In love with everything besides the taillights.

    • donald seymour

      I actually love the taillights.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Looks great, but too close to a 488 in design with a bit of La Ferrari..kind of lacks ‘newness’ overall, but I like the Huracan inspired front end. Copying Lambo with the horizontal themed lights rather than the longitudinal.

    • nikolas karelis

      lamboring frond end copy??? lol
      open you eyes boy!

  • lagunas3ca

    RIP Battista.

    • Christian

      The wrestler dead ? Batista? Oh no?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Thought I was the only one getting those vibes…

      This is like a sexier sister of the Battista…And that’s a gorgeous car!

  • Matteo Tommasi

    One important thing: it has NO reverse gear.
    Only 8 forward.

  • Kagan

    They looked at Honda for inspiration.

    • Dan Iosubescu

      Honda nsx is a tricycle

  • lagunas3ca

    Couldn’t have gone with the headlights without the negative space added to them, huh?

  • lagunas3ca

    Looks like a Zenvo – too much poor design language.

  • Agus Hillairet

    And now I wait till I see a video of this vs the 720s

  • mas921

    looks good, but whats up with the camaro taillights ?

  • Xandao

    so, the eletric motors gives 217cv and add 270kg. Is it wotrh it?

  • An Existing Person

    It looks good, but it’s not beautiful. The last truly beautiful Ferrari in my opinion was the F12. What’s with the same interior we’ve seen from the 458? It’s not hard to change up the design. Ferrari have really lost the magic their cars once had.

  • designer_dick

    Somebody needs to tell Ferrari, when it comes to styling, less is more. This looks rather clumsy and contrived, and while you could justifiably call it striking, it certainly isn’t beautiful.

    They haven’t produced a truly elegant car in years.

    • Matt

      A lot of the design is dictated by aerodynamics. The fact it can produce near enough to 400kg downforce at top speed is very impressive for a road car. I also think the design works very well, it’s quite futuristic and should look unbelievable in real life.

  • Ben

    I say Ferrari hit gold with the 458. Such beauty and less was absolutely more. The 488 Pista was a bit busy, but close enough in lineage to the 458 it still looked good. I’m sure this SF90 will grow on me, but my first impression is the headlights were ripped off a future audi model.

  • Dude

    Absolutely beautiful inside and out. It’s a pity that some are so jaded towards it

  • TheBelltower

    I’d like to see more of the silver car. The red car isn’t impressive from the front or rear. Thought the contouring of the side is really sexy.

  • MarkoS

    Interesting, I am not sure just how I feel about it yet. Certainly not offensive. Those tail lights though.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    sexy as hell ! although looking at it from afar it looks almost identical to the 488/f8

  • SteersUright

    Whats not to absolutely love aside from the price?

  • Alpina

    I see the comments are divided on looks but IMO this is the first good looking Ferrari since F430.
    It is beautiful inside and out and I think it will age better than 458/488/Enzo/LaFerrari.

  • Mike anonymous

    Personally this is the best Ferrari designed & likely engineered This decade (at least since 2013) + a Few SF90 New Images.
    From about 2009 to 2013, Ferrari was following a new design language with a slew of beautiful vehicles (in my opinion) to be considered iconic works of art; The 2013 F12 Berlinetta, the FF, the LaFerrari, and the original 458 Italia, and that is excluding concepts such as the Sergio. These were some of the best years for modern Ferrari,.. although

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/590073dff2cd0c156623a65fd62b47b9e9db286b6ed4a53a57d2bf1464f0c108.png

    …It seems after 2013 in 2014 things began to take a bit of an excessive dive, as their designs looked more to compete with McLaren and Lamborghini adding slews of unsavory lines and extra editions that are mostly there for excessive design. While they may look nice occasionally, they did not and do not stand to some of the (in my opinion) timeless designs of the early 2010s’ (the Original 2013 F12 Berlinetta comes to mind, (shown above and directly below.)).

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    Some of you may agree, it seems as though since those original greats (in my opinion) is has just been coachbuild after coach build and updates to vehicles every other year (to keep up with the competition) with every new vehicle being an updated or re-bodied 458 or F12 B.

    This has not to say it has all been bad, they’ve have a few nice vehicles in the more recent and later years of the 2010s’, although nothing really seems to match the ‘renaissance’ of Ferrari design coming from the company during the tie period of 2009 – 2013.

    For those who know about what was going on within the company during this time, you will know that Ferrari was ver much so going full throttle (no pun intended) on creating the BEST vehicles they could, and icons that could live up the the classics of the 50s’ and 60s’, and while the designs of those eras are nigh untouchable, they, at the turn of the decade had created design that were the closest examples of such efforts at least this century.

    With this SF90 I am glad to say that they seem to be back (or at least on their way) to that track (again no pun intended)… and I am not just saying that because it is a supercar from the company this ISN’T a restyled 458 or subsequent 488 (with new body panels, or a refresh to something existing, but rather instead something new…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ba88834d2e96bebdda3357158f60deb4fa1b1e2a2c1864ac1716d21b5dab72c8.png

    …. This finally seems to be a return to vehicles that are beautiful and memorable (and not just vehicles you are excited about one day,.. and forget about the next), albeit with a more modern take on design and a slightly revised design direction. From what I can gather, this (while these digital renders don’t seem to do it justice,) will look much better in person, with more smooth and organic curves than sharp edges and lines likely portrayed visually on the photoshopped and digitally rendered images above. There is clear F1 inspired details in the shape with the front facia resembling older F1 Ferraris with the ‘winglets within the lights (reminiscent of the SLR McLarens’ grilles) & the F1 Nose cone within the lower bumper facia, which has clear hints of modern day Pininfarina design.

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    So, with this said (and to shorten things down as I’ sure this has been a lot to read if you have made it this far) For myself personally, this is the nicest vehicle that I have seen desied by Ferrari themselves since the 2013 F12 Berlinetta. While the F12 B. Is still my favorite design from Ferrari this decade apart from the FF & Sergio Concept,.. I can attest that Ferrari finally seems to be back on track (maybe not to the same degree, but they certainly are on their way). Hopefully they will be able to keep it up, because the SF90 we see here, from design, to engineering, & and at least to me, is a keeper. ?

  • R55

    Rear of the vehicle looks quite sad, or worried.

    Excited to see this in almost every racing game in the coming years .

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Already the new Forza cover car.

  • PK

    tell that to bmw.

  • DR.FUNK

    A gorgeous (if transitional) car. Not that the buyers for this sled care but these hybrid systems are gonna be hell to deal with. Ferrari has a tougher choice than most makers about the future of it’s powerplants.

  • STEFAN LAUGENIE

    So…… the first front wheel drive Ferrari….. interesting.

  • lattep

    Personally I am not a fan of the design. The side profile is ok. I don’t like the headlights. And the rear is a bit ugly. The Tail lights look like a Camaro. I don’t know what those veritcal cut outs are for, the look a little Lexus-like. The rear takes cues from the F12 which I thought had a really ugly rear end. I think McLaren is doing a better job styling-wise right now, except for the Speedtail, that is ugly. Looking forward to seeing some video reviews for this car.

    • ErnieB

      I thinks McLaren is taking more design risks..

  • Mike anonymous

    Aww thanks @donaldseymour:disqus (Honestly made me blush a little bit there,.. maybe one day..), I suppose I get a bit more in depth on things I am interested in and/or passionate about, I really appreciate it. ?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      This was an excellent read. I thoroughly enjoy your comments. And I agree wholeheartedly with you.

      It does seem about that time, too. Their F1 team is not looking so hot right now…

    • donald seymour

      No problem.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Phwoar!

    I like this. I really like this.

    • ErnieB

      Expensive

  • Alx

    looks heavy.

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