Ferrari Launches the Ferrari SF90 Stradale – the Most Powerful V8 Yet
Automologist ATHERTON introduces us to Ferrari’s hybrid monster.
Ferrari has just launched the most powerful V8 yet in its history. This Italian beauty shares the same name with the SF90 Formula One car from 2019. The SF90 name stands for the 90th anniversary of the Scuderia Ferrari racing team while “Stradale” means “road” in Italian.
Flavio Manzoni, the lead designer, said the car’s design lies in between that of a spaceship and of a race car. It certainly looks the part, especially the front.
As you must know, it is a hybrid, which means it has electric motors at the front axle that produces 220PS and its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces 780 PS for a total of 1000PS!! And with a torque of 800Nm, this latest edition to the Prancing Horse stable is freakingly fast.
To put it in perspective, here are some numbers that’ll make you cringe with delight:
0-100 km/h – 2.5 seconds
0-200 km/h – 6.7 seconds
Top speed – 340 km/h.
Behind the seats is a lithium-ion 7.9 kWh unit made by SK Innovations. The eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission is 10kg lighter, as the reverse gear is eliminated. Well, how do you reverse then? Simple – turn electric motors in reverse.
The weight is just 1,570 kilogrammes and there are four modes to choose from by selecting the eManettino controller:
- All-electric eDrive
- Hybrid. The default setting when the car is turned on. It autonomously decides whether to keep the internal combustion engine running or switched off.
- Performance. Keeps the engine running and prioritises charging the battery above efficiency.
- Qualify. Maximum power output which allows the electric motors to work at their maximum and battery charging is thrown out the window to prioritise performance.
Inside is a new 16-inch curved high-definition digital instrument cluster you can easily configure and control via the steering wheel control buttons.
There is a plethora of goodies for a car worth from RM1.908 million (before duties, customisation options, taxes and insurance). And even if you have the cash, it may take a year and a half to two years to get the car on this side of the border as even the European customers haven’t received theirs as of August due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Putting that aside, we hope you will just enjoy the pictures for now. Or you can visit the Naza Italia showroom – it is pure joy.