The design has taken a turn from past Ferraris.
After nearly six years since the company’s first hybrid supercar, the LaFerrari, new pictures have emerged of Ferrari’s next offering. This is the 986 horsepower SF90 Stradale, and it’s the company’s most powerful car to date. While it certainly has the speed you would expect, it looks markedly different from any Ferraris that have preceded it. On power, layout and overall intent, many would consider this next chapter to the original LaFerrari from 2013.
The name “SF90 Stradale” is a nod to the 90th anniversary of the Scuderia Ferrari team’s founding.
Let’s stick with the numbers for a minute, though. The engine, on its own, is Ferrari’s most powerful V8 ever. It produces 769 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. However, it’s backed up by a squadron of three electric motors — two in the front and one in the rear. Together, those three motors provide 217 extra horsepower. The result is that 986 horsepower figure, as well as an all-wheel drive powertrain.
Not that it particularly matters with a supercar, but its two front electric motors let you drive up to 16 miles on electricity alone. The SF90 Stradale also has no reverse gear, as that’s handled by the electric motors.
It’s how fast?
Its claimed 0-60 time is a staggering 2.5 seconds, while its top speed is pegged at 211 mph. Not surprising, naturally, given the fast Ferraris that preceded it. The Ferrari SF90 Stradale moves on from the LaFerrari’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, using an 8-speed unit instead. It supposedly shifts 100 milliseconds faster than the unit in the 488 Pista, and weighs 22 pounds less than the old 7-speed gearbox. The whole SF90 tips the scales at 3,461 pounds —about 35 pounds less than the LaFerrari.
The interior looks pretty civilized compared to race-focused Ferraris of yesteryear. It even has a cupholder in the center console! But before you confuse it with a GT car, it’s worth noting almost all the controls are aimed toward the driver. As they should be, of course. There’s even a 16-inch screen serving as the car’s instrument cluster.
Apart from the onslaught of information provided through the screen in the SF90 Stradale, let’s get into the styling. There are lines, creases, curved and shapes of all sorts running everywhere on the car. It certainly looks futuristic, and many of those forms offer up more downforce, which is good. The lights are slimmer than they were even on the LaFerrari, while there are two mid-mounted exhausts that, no doubt in my mind, shout the Ferrari V8 shout.
The squinting front end may turn some off, but you have to admit it definitely looks different. Ferrari hasn’t announced pricing, but you can bet it will be more expensive than the F8 Tributo Ferrari recently unveiled.