New Ferrari SF90 Stradale is Ferrari's FASTEST Car Ever
Imagine a supercar faster than LaFerrari, a third of the price of a LaFerrari, running a proper hybrid system and boasting 1,000bhp! Welcome to the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.
Ferrari didn’t tease much in it’s build up to this launch. (We detailed Ferrari’s pre-release and teases here.) However it has truly delivered an amazing machine, which we’ll look at in detail below.
Last night in Maranello, Italy the world was introduced to Ferrari’s new flagship supercar. Coined as a true successor to the legendary LaFerrari, the SF90 Stradale has more horsepower and less weight. And the craziest fact is this new supercar will only cost from £375,000. Compared to the LaFerrari’s price tag of £1.1million, its a true bargain (in supercar terms!).
New Ferrari SF90 Stradale is Ferrari's FASTEST Car Ever
Imagine a supercar faster than LaFerrari, a third of the price of a LaFerrari, running a proper hybrid system and boasting 1,000bhp! Welcome to the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.Read our review - https://drivefoundry.com/news/new-ferrari-sf90-stradale/Posted by Drivefoundry on Thursday, 30 May 2019
Show Me The Facts
Jumping into some quick numbers, the SF90 Stradale produces 986 horsepower. That’s an increase over the LaFerrari’s 949 horsepower. As we mentioned it is lighter too, weighing in at 3,461 pounds. 0-62mph will take only 2.5 seconds, establishing itself up among the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Porsche 918 Spyder’s of the world. And it has a reported top speed of 211mph.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale
Price – £375,000
Power – 986bhp
Top Speed – 211mph
0-62mph – 2.5 seconds
Engine – 4 litre twin turbo V8 hybrid
Let’s Talk About Power
It was known before the official launch of the SF90 Stradale that it would be driven by a modified 4-litre twin turbo V8 which has been lifted from the current 488 GTB. The modifications Ferrari have made to the V8 bring the power from the engine alone up to 769bhp.
Paired with the V8 engine are three electric motors, one on each front wheel and a third bolted directly on to the transmission. This produces an active all-wheel drive layout for blistering 0-62mph times. The electric motors combined produce 217bhp. This brings the full output of the SF90 Stradale up to a blistering 986bhp.
Joined to the engine is an upgraded eight-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission) which shifts in just 200 milliseconds! The gearbox itself is smaller than any that Ferrari have produced before it, allowing the entire transmission, engine and motor combination to sit lower in the car, therefor lowering the center of gravity. Perfect for getting round corners in a hurry!
It’s not only the power output which boasts impressive figures. As with a lot of modern day supercars, the SF90 Stradale has an active rear spoiler which activates at speed. When the rear spoiler is active it produces a massive 390kg of downforce. That is rather a lot!
If you fancied a slower pace of travel, the new hybrid system has the ability to travel 15mph on electric power only! You can even get up to 84mph on pure electric power.
Who Are The Competitors
The first reference of competition, is most obviously the outgoing LaFerrari. It boasts similar performance stats, although improved all round. It also features a hybrid system similar to the LaFerrari, although much more advanced.
The improvements all round, including the new AWD system allow the SF90 Stradale to lap the Fiorano test track over a second faster than the LaFerrari.
Moving on from looking internally, the outside competition such as the Bugatti’s, Lamborghini’s and McLarens of this world.
The SF90 slots perfectly in to the holy trinity of hypercars, joining other hybrid driven supercars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1. Unlike the other two members of the holy trinity, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the only one in production.
How Does It Look?
One thing to note is the new SF90 Stradale is mighty clean to look at. There are a lot of swooping clean lines throughout without too many overly dramatic styling quirks. Remember the Enzo’s F1 style nose!
The rear of the car is the most dramatic change to the classic Ferrari formula. They have gone for high up exhausts protuding out of the bodywork, and a set of quad tail lights, not too dissimilar to those found on the new Camaro.
The whole car has the look of a concept car come to life, with its large glass cabin area, futuristic headlights and different (some may say awkward) rear configuration. Overall we quite like it, although wouldn’t say love just yet. Possibly in person there will be more drama which the renders can’t deliver.
This time around Ferrari have made a conscious effort to ensure the driver doesn’t have to take their hands off the steering wheel.
They have included touch sensitive surfaces on the steering wheel itself to control certain features including the start-stop button. There are also a lot of touch buttons throughout the cabin, which like a lot of Ferrari’s is angled at the driver ensuring they have full control.
There are also no stalks protruding out from behind the steering wheel. Ferrari have included these in to the touch buttons on the wheel.
There is also the obligatory heads up display ensuring the driver doesn’t need to look down or away from the road. This will display information such as speed, a rev counter and more.
When reviewing the new SF90 Stradale, we can’t help but be in awe over the future technology Ferrari have introduced. The hybrid powertrain lays a true foundation for Ferrari supercars to come, with a plethora being released between now and 2022.
The exciting element of the SF90 Stradale doesn’t come from the car itself. But instead the level of performance and technology which its future competition will have to rise to, just to compete with this amazing car. We have an exciting couple of years ahead with the releases of cars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-Benz AMG One. It’s an exciting time to be a petrol head!
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