Ferrari SF90 Stradale: first plugin hybrid
Ferrari crowns its range with a plugin hybrid mid engine sports car.
The SF90 Stradale is the second new model presented by Ferrari in 2019, out of an array of five new cars announced to investors. After the F8 Tributo at the Geneva Motorshow, the second wave of this product offensive, nicknamed “project F173” or “Big Brother” on the internet, does not replace the F8, but occupies a new slot above the 812 Superfast in Ferrari’s model range.
Dimensions remain very similar to those of the F8 and 488. The 2650 mm wheelbase in particular remains unchanged:
|SF90 Stradale||F8 Tributo|
The SF90 breaks new ground in a number of areas for Ferrari: first plug-in electric vehicle, and first sports car with four wheel drive. And for the first time in the history of the prancing horse, a V8 tops the model range.
The powertrain comprises one combustion engine and three electric motors. The twin turbo 90 degrees V8 is a derivative of the unit powering the 488 and F8 Tributo, with a slighly larger displacement achieved through an increase of the bore to 88 mm. It is force-fed with fresh air by two turbochargers with electronically controlled wastegates.
Power peaks at 780 hp at 7500 rpm while maximum torque is 800 Nm at 6000 rpm. Specific power is a dizzying 195 hp/l and the rev limiter is set at 8000 rpm. The turbochargers have been lowered in the engine bay to lower the center of gravity, while the exhaust lines are routed above the rear diffuser. The dual clutch gearbox now features 8 ratios instead of 7 previously.