This successor of sorts to the LaFerrari hypercar is the most powerful Ferrari road car in the Italian marque’s history. It’s also the car that set the quickest lap time around the firm’s Fiorano test track. Oh, and it’s a plug-in hybrid that can travel for up to 15 miles on electricity alone. The SF90 Stradale is a very different kind of Ferrari, then.
It makes use of a heavily reworked version of the 488 Pista’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V8, which is complemented by a trio of electric motors that see the Ferrari’s total power output rise to a staggering 986bhp, and allows for a 0-62mph time of 2.5sec. It’s a technological tour de force for sure, but despite the additional weight its battery and three electric motors bring it’s still just as incisive, intuitive, engaging and devastatingly quick as you’d expect a mid-engined Ferrari to be.
That it makes for a comfortable long-distance cruiser is an added bonus, and the fact you could theoretically run it as a zero-emissions commuter car is an amusing prospect to contemplate. As a blueprint for Ferrari’s electrified future, the SF90 is extremely encouraging.
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Ferrari will tell you its new F8 Tributo is a replacement for the excellent 488 GTB, but in reality it’s more of a heavy facelift. That said, it’s a facelift that makes use of plenty of reworked engineering know-how from the stunning track-focussed 488 Pista and the 488 Challenge race car, so we can probably cut Ferrari some slack in this respect.
Anyway, its twin-turbocharged V8 now develops 710bhp and 568lb ft, and surprise surprise, it’s as devastatingly fast as ever. It might still lack some of the aural drama of the 458’s old naturally aspirated V8, but the introduction of a new Hot Tube Resonator helps pipe a dash more noise into the cabin. Variable Boost Management ramps up torque gradually, too, so it not only feels more like a non-turbo engine, but cuts turbo-lag to almost non-existent levels, too.
It’s chassis is the main attraction, however. Not only does it make the engine’s stratospheric performance accessible, it also endows the Tributo with otherworldly levels of agility, balance and handling panache. Make no mistake, this is a sensational supercar. It’ll take a full road test to see whether it’ll topple the 720S, mind. Watch this space.