Ferrari unveils most powerful car – a new plug-in hybrid hypercar

Ferrari unveils most powerful car – a new plug-in hybrid hypercar

The SF90 Stradale is the first plug-in hybrid model from Ferrari.

Ferrari has pulled the covers off its most powerful production car ever, which also happens to be the Italian supercar maker’s first plug-in hybrid model.

The SF90 marks 90 years since Scuderia Ferrari – the manufacturer’s racing team – was formed, and is appropriately named for that reason.

It combines the 3.9-litre V8 from the F8 Tributo supercar – which produces 769bhp in itself – with an electric motor producing 217bhp for a total of 986bhp. That makes it the most powerful Ferrari road car ever by quite a margin. To put it into perspective, Ferraris last hypercar, the LaFerrari, produced 789bhp.

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This means that the SF90 Stradale is also Ferrari’s quickest road car to date, as it’s able to accelerate from 0-60mph in a staggering 2.3 seconds, with a top speed of 211mph. Because it’s a plug-in hybrid, it can also run solely on electric power, with Ferrari claiming a range of just over 15 miles in EV mode.

The power from the V8 is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with the electric motor sending its grunt to the front axle, making it four-wheel drive.

Active aero and a drag reduction system (DRS) discreetly lowers a section of the bodywork when braking and hard cornering in order to improve downforce.

The cabin also features a touch-sensitive steering wheel and a new 16-inch digital instrument cluster with a new head-up display.

Ferrari is offering a track package for the SF90 called ‘Assetto Fiorano’, which adds a number of carbon-fibre upgrades and titanium details that help to cut 30kg of weight from the standard car. It is worth noting that the SF90 is a series production car, rather than a limited numbers model like the LaFerrari.  

Ferrari won’t tell us how much it’s going to cost, but as it will be the firm’s range-topping model, expect a significant increase over the 812 Superfast’s £260,000 listing price.

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