SINGAPORE — Ferrari fans, get ready to salivate. The Italian car giant has just unveiled the SF90 Stradale, its first series-production Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and it looks absolutely stunning.
This is the first time that a V8 car is the top-of-the-range model in Ferrari’s long history. An encapsulation of the most advanced technologies developed by its famous Formula One racing team, the SF90 is expected to deliver high-performance yet simplistic drives.
It has a 90° V8 turbo engine capable of delivering 780cv in horsepower, the highest power output of any eight-cylinder car in Ferrari history. The remaining 220cv is delivered by three electric motors.
Yet, this system does not make for a more complicated driving experience, as the driver simply has to select one of the four power unit modes, and then just concentrate on driving. The sophisticated control logic takes care of the rest, managing the flow of power between the V8, the electric motors and the batteries.
The SF90 is also the first Ferrari sports car to be equipped with 4WD, allowing it to harness its considerable power to go from 0 to 100kmh in just 2.5 seconds.
Driving on the limit is also simpler with the RAC-e (electronic cornering set-up regulator), which makes use of the two front electric motors to control the torque delivered to the two front wheels. Its patented “shut-off Gurney” system regulates the air flow over the upper body, reducing drag at high speeds and increasing downforce in corners, under braking and during changes of direction.
Stylistically, the new car also breaks new grounds. For instance, the cockpit has a smaller frontal section and is placed closer to the front of the car to reduce drag.
Another major innovation is the steering wheel, which now has a touchpad and a series of buttons that allow the driver to control virtually every aspect of the car using just their thumbs.
For the first time on a Ferrari, buyers can choose between the standard car and a version with a more sports-oriented specification, such as shock absorbers, extra lightweight features and tyres designed to improve performance.
They will also enjoy a maintenance programme covering all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the SF90 car. The service is available on all markets worldwide and from all dealerships in Ferrari’s official dealership network.
The SF90 will be launched in Singapore in September and customers can expect delivery from the third quarter of 2020.