Hard on the brakes and downshifting for the hairpin which is the tightest corner of the Fiorano test track, the SF90 Stradale is totally, really Ferrari. The biturbo V8 barks like a big, very bad dog as the brakes bite with brutal force. Then, he sculpts the tight left turn and accelerates as if propelled by a series of explosive charges, not gasoline and electricity.
Yes, you read that right …
The SF90 Stradale, the new top of the range model from Ferrari, is a hybrid. And not a simple old Prius type hybrid, but a rechargeable hybrid capable of driving in electric mode only.
Why? Because nowadays, even Ferrari owners want to be socially responsible, it seems.
In electric mode, the SF90 Stradale can sneak in early on a Sunday morning without waking up the neighbors, or drive through city centers without emitting a bit of pollution.
In hybrid mode, the default selection at startup, the SF90 Stradale operates electrically when possible and automatically triggers the V8 when necessary. This mode naturally saves fuel.
But the car’s hybrid technology is also essential to its speed and power. Starting at $ 846,888 plus options and costs on the road (about $ 1.1 million by car), the SF90 Stradale sets a whole lot of new heights for a legal Ferrari on the road – it’s the most popular Fiorano fastest ever, the first with 1000 horsepower (or 736 kW)), with the fastest times from 0 to 100 km / h (2.5 seconds) and from 0 to 200 km / h (6.7 seconds).
Because Ferrari was determined to increase performance while earning eco-credit, the SF90 Stradale is a very complicated car.
It has three electric motors. Two at the front drive each of the front wheels. The third engine is sandwiched between the mid-mounted V8 engine and Ferrari’s new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which increases the power of the rear wheels.
They all draw electricity from the same lithium-ion battery mounted behind the two seats in the car. It is not a big pack, so charging takes only two hours with a wall box or about three hours with a standard power outlet. But the small size of the battery limits the electric range of the Ferrari to around 25 km.
In mode E, the SF90 Stradale drives only the front wheels. Power is obviously reduced, but the Ferrari has no trouble keeping up with traffic and can reach 135 km / h in this mode. The front electric motors also provide power when the reverse gear is engaged.
The SF90 Stradale in E mode is therefore an almost silent front-wheel drive electric car. At first, it sounds as strange as it sounds. The look of the car – partly a racing car and partly a sci-fi spaceship, according to Ferrari’s design chief – is a visual cry for attention, so it’s weird when it makes little real noise .
But after a short moment behind the wheel, the realization begins to think that this adds to the appeal of the SF90 Stradale. It is a remarkably quiet car to drive quietly, quietly and smoothly for something so sporty. Even when the battery is drained and the Ferrari goes into hybrid mode, calm is hardly disturbed.
However, the raucous roar of the V8 and its maximum performance are just the flick of a switch. Push the powertrain selector on the new Ferrari steering wheel in Performance or Qualification mode, and the engine will run full-time.
Although the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 develops 574 kW, a kind of supercar, it is the electric motors that make the SF90 Stradale a truly exceptional drive. They contribute 162 kW to the maximum total power of the Ferrari, but they deliver where it really matters.
Front-mounted engines make the SF90 Stradale all-wheel drive at all times. They are therefore the secret of its overwhelming acceleration from a standstill. But there is more. Because the engines can deliver different amounts of power to each of the front wheels, they can be used to pull the car’s nose out of corners. They are therefore also the key to his Fiorano lap time record.
The rear engine, on the other hand, helps push the SF90 Stradale to its top speed of 340 km / h. The front engines stop above 210 km / h.
Ferrari’s very first rechargeable hybrid offers more than everything the brand stands for – power, speed and handling prowess – not less.
The first SF90 Stradale in Australia should be delivered in early 2021.
FERRARI SF90 STRADALE VITALS
Price: About $ 1.1 million by car
Warranty / maintenance: 3 years, unlimited mileage / 12 months / 20,000 km, free for 7 years
Security: Uncategorized, 4 airbags, AEB, stability control
Engine: 4.0-liter V8 hybrid twin turbo plug-in with 3 electric motors; 736kW / 800Nm
The thirst: Unavailable
0-100 km / h: 2.5 seconds