The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is only the beginning of the Italian supercar company's electrified future. While an all-electric hypercar is still a few years away, Ferrari has made it very clear it plans to continue with plug-in hybrid powertrains. The technology has finally advanced to a level that meets Ferrari's most basic requirements and then some. As we wait for the SF90 Stradale to hit the streets, Ferrari is wasting no time with its next hybrid offering. Only this one won't have a V8 combustion engine like the SF90 Stradale.
This new spy video, taken on the streets of Maranello shows, shows not only will the Prancing Horse's next hybrid sport a mid-engine design, but also a nearly completely silent V6 engine. Compared to other Ferraris - including the SF90 testing alongside it - this test mule is awfully quiet. What's the reason for this? The chosen powertrain.
Previous reports have already indicated Ferrari is likely using a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 similar to the one found in the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV, and could produce much as 610 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque once Ferrari's engineers are finished with it - and that's without any electric aid. Bolt on an electrical assistance system and output will very likely hit an even more impressive 723 hp and 800 lb-ft of twist.
To compare, the SF90 Stradale produces 989 hp, meaning this new V6 hybrid model will be slotted beneath its V8 sibling within the lineup. The low-displacement V6, turbos, and hybrid system, even combined, are fairly quiet. Definitely a far cry from the days of naturally aspirated V8s and V12s.
But it's also important to bear in mind this is merely a prototype and not the finished product. It's clearly wearing Ferrari F8 Tributo sheetmetal. It may not even be equipped with the ideal exhaust system yet, so we're not making any final judgments at this time. What's also possible is that this disguised prototype is the successor of the F8 Tributo, which only debuted last year.
One reason why Ferrari could be rushing its successor is because of new and more stringent fuel emissions regulations. A V6 hybrid replacement would help Ferrari stay within those legal confines.