The SF90 Stradale is Ferrari’s first production plug-in hybrid – but it won’t be the last.
The wait for Ferrari’s new much-anticipated hybrid supercar is finally over, and it’s safe to say it’s exceeded expectations. Billed as the most powerful car to ever be built by the Prancing Horse, the SF90 Stradale is Ferrari’s first production plug-in hybrid – but it won’t be the last. According to AutoExpress, Ferrari will apply the new plug-in hybrid technology introduced in the SF90 Stradale to smaller, less expensive models as the brand attempts to broaden its appeal to customers.
Speaking to the British publication, Ferrari Chief Technology Officer Michael Leiters said it would be "very easy” to adapt the hybrid technology used in the SF90 Stradale for use in other new Ferraris. "There will be other [hybrid] models, but with specific powertrain characteristics,” he explained.
The SF90 Stradale is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine supplemented by three electric motors that are fed by a small 7.9 kWh battery pack and develop a combined 217 hp. This setup produces a staggering total output of 986 horsepower, enabling the hybrid supercar to do the 0-62 mph dash in just 2.6 seconds, reach 125 mph in just 6.7 seconds, and top out at 211 mph. Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
"By entering this segment I am certain we will attract new customers,'' Ferrari CEO, Louis Camilleri, commented after the launch of the new model. In total, Ferrari will launch five new cars this year and a total of 15 new models by 2022, 60 percent of which will be hybrids. Some of these new models will use a detuned version of the new electrified V8 introduced in the SF90 Stradale. Ferrari is also working on a new V6 powertrain that will be used for more affordable cars in the Sports series.