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With 1,000 horsepower this plug-in hybrid SF90 Stradale is the most powerful Ferrari road car ever built

With 1,000 horsepower this plug-in hybrid SF90 Stradale is the most powerful Ferrari road car ever built

Dejan Jovanovic 3 weeks ago
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This is the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the most powerful Ferrari ever and the first mid-engined supercar from Maranello to feature all-wheel drive

When the Italians in Maranello decided to do a hybrid, it wasn’t the planet they were trying to save. The target was 350 kilometers per hour, not a polar bear’s next meal. With a price tag of a million dollars and over 900 horses from its V12/electric powertrain , the resultant LaFerrari put batteries in the performance limelight and made up the hypercar triumvirate together with the hybrid Porsche 918 and McLaren P1.

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Now six years after the LaFerrari first surfaced at the Geneva motor show in 2013, the Scuderia is ready with a successor. Seeing as these are some big shoes to fill, this new Ferrari SF90 Stradale should make quite a splash with 1,000 horsepower, 390kg of downforce at 250km/h, and a dry weight of 1,570kg.

These sort of figures equal some ridiculous performance specs: the SF90 Stradale will do zero to 100km/h in 2.5 seconds, hit 200km/h in just 6.7 seconds, and go on to a maximum speed of 340km/h.

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To handle all the power, the SF90 Stradale is also the first mid-engined Ferrari supercar to feature all-wheel drive, since the car features a twin-turbocharged V8 combustion engine along with three electric motors, one to aid the V8 at the back and two to drive the front wheels.

With all that gear on board the engineers couldn’t avoid adding 270kg of hybrid bits into the car, so they took weight off elsewhere with tricks such as hollow castings; carbon fibre bulkhead,  door panels, and underbody; titanium springs and exhaust; plus a seven-kilo lighter gearbox.

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Ferrari says the SF90 Stradale features a zero-emissions mode for short trips in urban environments, and curiously in this mode the V8 engine is disengaged which possibly means this is also the first front-wheel drive Ferrari ever, since the car is powered exclusively by the front motors when you want to silently zip along.

Otherwise we expect the Ferrari SF90 Stradale will be fairly ballistic to drive, certainly expensive to buy, and a rock-solid investment to own, especially seeing as most of them will be bought by collectors and parked in cave lairs under waterfalls somewhere.

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The Italians haven’t revealed anything about pricing yet, and they didn’t specify the SF90 Stradale being a limited edition model either. This means it could be up for an open production run, although it probably helps to have a LaFerrari in your garage already in order to qualify for SF90 ownership.

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