Ferrari SF90

Stradale - the

plug-in supercar

Ferrari SF90 Stradale, 2019, side
Ferrari SF90 Stradale, 2019, overhead
Ferrari SF90 Stradale, 2019, rear
Ferrari SF90 Stradale, 2019, tail
Ferrari SF90 Stradale, 2019, nose
Ferrari SF90 Stradale, 2019, interior

THE electric revolution sweeping the auto industry has arrived at Ferrari in the shape of the new SF90 Stradale - the Italian supercar brand's first plug-in hybrid with almost 1,000bhp on tap.

It's got three electric motors variously mated to a 4.0-litre V8 and breathtaking performance of 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 211mph.

The SF90 Stradale is also likely to command a hefty price tag and as the flagship of the entire Ferrari range could be as much as £400,000 when it arrives in the summer of 2020.

Nevertheless, the SF90 Stradale - named to honour the 90 years of racing cars from Scuderia Ferrari - has lapped the company's proving ground at Fiorano in Italy in just 79seconds - and that's quicker than any other production car it has made.

Fuel consumption is still undergoing homologation but Ferrari says the SF90 Stradale will have a pure electric range of up to 15.5 miles and will come with a variety of drive modes to get the best from its performance.

It is also the first four-wheel-drive Ferrari sports car with the front wheels driven by two of the electric motors while the third is linked to the eight speed automatic gearbox.

Ferrari describes the plug-in as a paradigm shift and says the SF90 Stradale is extreme on every level.

The V8 engine - a development of the 3.9-litre unit used in its other models - develops 789bhp alone and with the electric assistance total power output is 986bhp.

Active aerodynamics and electronic traction systems are fitted and the cockpit is placed closer to the front of the car to help reduce drag.

Inside, most of the controls are operated by haptic touch keys on a new-look steering wheel while thecentral instrument cluster is now entirely digital with the first automotive application of a 16-inch curved HD screen which can be fully configured and controlled using the controls on the steering wheel.

And in another first for the brand, the F90 Stradale will also be offered in two specifications with an Assetto Fiorano model that is more sports-oriented.

Not only is the Assetto Fiorano lighter but also comes with a carbon fibre rear spoiler to generate more downforce at high speed.

The car has a boot capacity of 74 litres and tips the scales with a dry weight of 1.57 tonnes and Ferrari describes the SF90 Stradale as its first series production supercar, slotting into its range between the current F8 Tributo, and exotica such as the LaFerrari.

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