The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is A V8 Hybrid Monster With Nearly 1000bhp

Ferrari's first series production hybrid is here, and thanks to a combined 986bhp, it'll do 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is A V8 Hybrid Monster With Nearly 1000bhp

Here it is, Ferrari’s first proper, series-production hybrid hypercar. No cap to the number built, no seven-figure price tag - what we have here isn’t a new LaFerrari.

It’s called the SF90 Stradale, a name which references the 90th anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari. Power comes from a mid-mounted V8 - derived from the 488/F8 unit but with new cylinder heads - and a trio of electric motors. One is an F1-derived unit dubbed the MGUK (Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic) which sits between the V8 and Ferrari’s new eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, while the other two are for the front axle, making the SF90 all-wheel drive.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is A V8 Hybrid Monster With Nearly 1000bhp

The trio of motors is powered by a 7.9kW battery pack and provide 217bhp, while the V8 brings 769bhp to the party. Combined, you’re looking at 986bhp - more than any other road-going Ferrari.

The hybrid system is inevitably bulky at 270kg, but Ferrari has still managed to keep the weight down to a respectable 1570kg. As such, straight-line performance is spectacular: 0-62mph happens in just 2.5 seconds, 0-124mph is done and dusted in 6.7, and the top speed is 212mph.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is A V8 Hybrid Monster With Nearly 1000bhp

While the recently revealed F8 Tributo is a 488 (and therefore a 458) at heart, the platform and body of the SF90 Stradale are all new and made using a blend of materials including carbonfibre.

That new bodyshell is littered with aero devices, both active and passive. One thing Ferrari is rather keen to draw attention to is the ‘shut-off Gurney’ section of the two-part rear wing. If more downforce is needed - something the car decides if it detects heavy braking, heavy cornering loads or rapid changes of direction - a section of the wing is lowered into the body by two electronic actuators. This closes the lower “blown area,” completely changing the aero properties of the rear.

Sounds complicated, but all you need to know is the system works together with the rest of the aero work Ferrari has done here, resulting in 390kg of downforce being generated at 150mph. Even the forged wheels have been designed with maximum aero efficiency in mind - they’re designed to act like “rotor blades,” helping evacuate air from the wheel arches.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is A V8 Hybrid Monster With Nearly 1000bhp

The SF90 gives you four driving modes to play with. ‘eDrive’ switches the V8 off entirely, giving you - effectively - a front-wheel drive, all-electric Ferrari. Set thusly, the car will top out at 77mph, and can travel up to 15.5 miles.

‘Hybrid’ is the car’s default setting, in which the noisy bit of the powertrain is turned on or off as the car sees fit. ‘Performance’ leaves the V8 running permanently, as this “guarantees that power is instantly and fully available when required.”

If you’re determined to be the unofficial winner of your track day, you’ll probably want to stick the SF90 in ‘Qualify’. This sees the car prioritise speed over battery charging, and works the three electric motors as hard as possible.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is A V8 Hybrid Monster With Nearly 1000bhp

The cockpit is intended to be a radical departure from what we’re used to from Ferrari, showcasing a new direction of design we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future. It hinges around a 16-inch screen that forms the instrument cluster, but don’t panic, its default setting is to display a ruddy-great rev-counter in the middle. The dial is flanked by a navigation and audio display portions.

To keep things familiar to the Ferrari faithful, there are still no traditional indicator or wiper stalks - everything is kept on the steering wheel, so you don’t have to take your hands off it.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is A V8 Hybrid Monster With Nearly 1000bhp

The price is unknown at this stage, but we can expect it to be more expensive than something like an 812 Superfast, but a lot less than the LaFerrari was. Naturally, there’ll be plenty of ways to inflate the base figure. For instance, the SF90 can be bought in ‘Assetto Fiorano’ spec which includes motorsport-derived Multimatic dampers, various carbon and titanium parts, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. You’ll need this option if you want to achieve the full downforce figure.

First deliveries should begin in early 2020.


Dante Verna

So McLaren P1 front, C8 Corvette rear, and Ford GT engine cover. Not bad, actually.

05/29/2019 - 18:38 |
12 | 4

Lol, true

05/29/2019 - 19:33 |
2 | 2

The perfect mix

05/30/2019 - 15:14 |
0 | 0

I love the front and interior but the back looks absolutely terrible

05/29/2019 - 18:41 |
42 | 6

Absolutely just looks odd and out of place

05/29/2019 - 19:53 |
2 | 2

Looks a bit like a Corvette rear end.

05/29/2019 - 20:28 |
12 | 2

the tail lights are wayyyy too small and the vents at the side of the rear bumper are not nice

05/29/2019 - 22:46 |
6 | 0

It looked kind of like they took the ‘mid rear’ portion of the ford gt, then shrunk it down and stretched it up

06/01/2019 - 21:41 |
0 | 0
Ray Sloan

it looks like the design team had some bad pepperoni

05/29/2019 - 18:44 |
6 | 2

The steering wheel!!!

05/29/2019 - 18:54 |
0 | 0

It’s been a while since we’ve got a brand new car release with absolutely no leaks or build up. Quite refreshing to do things right.

05/29/2019 - 19:59 |
38 | 0

Actually a well known car collecter spotted the car completely un camoed a couple days ago, but blurred the pics to keep the suprise.
How nice!

05/29/2019 - 23:54 |
16 | 0

I saw a pic just a couple hours before release so almost yet

05/30/2019 - 00:26 |
4 | 0


06/01/2019 - 22:00 |
2 | 0
Derek 17

The front end reminds me of the SRT Tomahawk X in GT Sport

05/29/2019 - 20:04 |
4 | 0

Judging by its performance and estimated price, this is probably the modern day equivalent of the Testarossa, just switch the mid mounted 12 cylinder for a hybrid as both are pretty much the best you can get without going to flagship territory

05/29/2019 - 20:13 |
0 | 0

we live in the era where “a front-wheel drive, all-electric Ferrari” is said in broad daylight.

05/29/2019 - 20:30 |
22 | 0
Matthew Boxberger

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Well its just a mode

05/30/2019 - 15:13 |
8 | 0
Lord Saucius The Divine

Reminds me of the pininfarina battista

05/29/2019 - 21:19 |
4 | 0
RWB Dude

Chevrolet called, they want their 2019 Camaro taillights back

05/29/2019 - 21:39 |
4 | 4



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