It doesn't take long for Ferrari's flagship to plant a huge smile on Leno's face.
Jay Leno is one of the most passionate gearheads on the planet and owns a massive collection of cars, ranging from classics to modern muscle cars and supercars. And yet, surprisingly, Leno doesn't own a single Ferrari. It's going to take something special to change his mind.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, the former talk show host is joined by avid Ferrari collector David Lee, who lets Leno borrow his Ferrari SF90 - and it's safe to say he's smitten by Ferrari's new flagship. With its 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine and three electric motors producing a combined 986 horsepower, the SF90 Stradale Ferrari's fastest road car ever.
This electrified setup enables the SF90 to rocket from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, 0-124 mph in 6.7 seconds, and max out at 211 mph. All that power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Despite being more powerful, lighter, and more technologically advanced, the SF90 Stradale is considerably cheaper than the LaFerrari and Enzo before it. Granted, at over $500,000 the SF90 is still only obtainable for a select few, but Leno notes this shows how much progress has been made to lower the manufacturing costs and was expecting the SF90 to have a seven-figure price tag. When it's time to take the SF90 for a spin, it doesn't take long for it to plant a huge smile on Leno's face.
"We are truly living in the golden age of the supercar," he said. Despite having nearly 1,000 hp to play with, Leno found the SF90 surprisingly easy to tame thanks to its advanced electronic driving assists and four-wheel drive setup. "It almost feels like all four tires are breaking loose," Leno says after lightly tapping the throttle. Leno also praised the SF90's fetching curves, arguing that the design "will look new for a long, long time" compared to a Lamborghini Countach that looks straight out of the 1980s.
Time will tell if the SF90 persuades Leno to add a prancing horse to his collection, but if Ferrari's technological masterpiece doesn't convince him to take the plunge, nothing ever will.