We are getting serious palpitations at the mere thought of all the new hypercars that’ll be launched this year and next and some of them are so potent that the Doc has advised us from sitting in them let alone drive them. From the Mercedes-AMG One generating upward of 1,000 horsepower, the McLaren Speedtail producing 1,036, the Aston Martin Valkyrie with 1,160 and 1,479 Bugatti Divo — the one we’re most excited about is the SF90 Stradale — Ferrari’s first-ever plug-in hybrid! And, er, with ‘only’ 986 horses, we might be able to drive this one without passing out...
Maranello’s first series production PHEV has a 90 degree twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 making the highest power output of any eight-cylinder in Ferrari history. It has three electric motors (two on the front axle and one at the rear known as the MGUK — Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic — derived from its Formula 1 application and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is tasked with getting the power to all four wheels. It has 800Nm of torque and can go from 0-100kph in 2.5 seconds and 0-200kph in 6.7. Ferrari boasts that it will be faster than the company’s previous flagship, the LaFerrari; the SF90 Stradale (code for the 90th anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari’s formation) lapped the Fiorano test track in 1:19 — 0.7 seconds quicker than the mighty LaFerrari. It will be the closest to a Ferrari F1 car you can experience on public roads. It has four powertrain modes controlled by buttons on the lower left side of the steering wheel (the greenest mode is “eD,” for electric driving — the gutsiest one gets a clock icon, representing “Qualify”) and keeping it glued to the planet is some very clever aero including Vortex generators to generate front-end downforce, and a suspended wing divided into two sections at the back. It weighs 1,570kg (270 of that is from the hybrid system) and features a completely redesigned chassis with a multi-material and multi-technology approach to absorb the extra stresses associated with the new power unit and the introduction of AWD.
Inside, there’s a new ‘Human Machine Interface’ (with several touch surfaces on the dash and the steering wheel) a new full 16.0in curved TFT screen that is configurable in many different ways and a head-up display.
Best of all, you actually stand a chance of owning one as Ferrari is planning on producing up to 2,000 units per year. This isn’t a limited series car like the LaFerrari but a series production car meaning you don’t have to have a garage full of Fezza’s to get this one. Just a whole lot of money should do the trick.