The SF90 is the craziest Ferrari to date – really; it is

The 2020 Ferrari SF90 isn’t the first Ferrari hybrid – that title is reserved for the Ferrari LaFerrari. It is, however, a huge stepping stone into Ferrari’s electrified future and it sets a bunch of in-house records in the process. What would you say if I told you that the new SF90 Stradale was actually the most powerful V-8 Ferrari ever made? What if I told you that the SF90 is also the most powerful road-legal Ferrari ever produced? What if I told you that it’s the only model outside of the GTC4Lusso to be driven by all four wheels? What if I told you that it Kicked the LaFerrari’s ass around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track? Okay, well, that one is a little exaggerated – it didn’t actually kick the LaFerrari’s ass, but it very well may have beat it by a few tenths of a second. You can see the pattern here, so let’s dive into the goods a little more.

The 2020 Ferrari SF90 is Powered by a V-8 and Three Electric Motors

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Supercars today are evolved, and the SF90 is no exception. Under the skin, the SF90 houses a 4.0-liter V-8 that delivers a cool 769 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That alone makes it the most powerful V8 Ferrari to ever roll off the production line. That power is backed up by not one, not two, but three electric motors that suck juice from a lithium-ion battery pack.

With two motors in the front and one in the rear, they are able to add on an extra 217 ponies, bumping power output up to a spine-cracking 986 horsepower.

Ferrari hasn’t said anything about additional torque, but we know the benefit of electric motors is the electric torque, so you can expect the SF90 to pump out a bit more than just 590 pound-feet. But, that’s the official number for now, so we’ll leave it at that.

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Those 986 ponies are shunted through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and to all four wheels – something only one other Ferrari in history has been capable of doing. Of course, I’m talking about the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, but that’s a discussion for another time. All of this power, the electric motors, and this car’s outrageous aerodynamics lead to a Ferrari-claimed sprint time of just 2.5 seconds to 60 mph and 6.7 seconds to 125 mph.

Top speed is pegged at 211 mph, but that’s without consequence because when Ferrari let this horse loose on its Fiorano test track, it was able to run a lap in 79 seconds or, roughly, 1:19.

When you consider the fact that the Ferrari LaFerrari – one of the craziest cars to wear a prancing horse badge – did the same lap in 1:19.70 it’s quite possible that the SP90 Stradale actually beat its run. If nothing else, it at least matched it, and that’s huge for a road-going car.

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Hybrid drivetrain specifications
Internal combustion engine
Type V8 - 90° - turbo – dry sump
Total displacement 3990 cc
Maximum power output 574 kW (780 cv) @ 7500 rpm
Max torque 800 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Specific power output 195 cv/l
Max. engine speed 8000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Hybrid system
Maximum power electric motors 162 kW (220 cv)
Battery capacity 7.9 kWh
Max. range under electric power 25 km
Transmission and gearbox 8-speed, F1 dual-clutch transmission
Performance
Maximum speed 340 km/h
0-100 km/h 2.5 s
0-200 km/h 6.7 s
100-0 km/h 29.5 m
Dry weight/power 1.57 kg/cv
Laptime at Fiorano 79s

The 2020 Ferrari SF90 Actually Has All-Electric Range

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Believe it or not, the SF90 actually has an all-electric range. It’s not much, mind you, at just 16 miles (25 km) but it can reach a top speed of 84 mph running on battery power alone. Unlike the LaFerrari, however, the SF90 also has plug-in charging capability as well. Yeah, this hybrid Ferrari can actually cruise around town silently and then raise the dead with its amazing soundtrack the very same day. Of course, I can’t think of one person that would actually enjoy driving a Ferrari without its amazing soundtrack – or at a limited speed of 84 mph – but it’s cool enough to say that it can do it. We’ll give it that.

The SF90 is the First Ferrari With a Publicized All-Electric Range, But It’s Not the First To Drive Silently!

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I know, the SF90 is the first Ferrari to actually have an all-electric range.

Unless you’ve paid really close attention, you’ll probably argue with me for days. But, it’s not the truth. Believe it or not, the Ferrari LaFerrari did offer some all-electric range. It wasn’t 16 miles like the SF90 but, as it turns out, some customers actually requested all-electric capability. And, this came directly from Ferrari’s communications department Of course, Ferrari apparently never kept it a secret, but it was never really put out there outside of the initial press event either. In fact, almost everyone overlooked the fact. When you consider the fact that the LaFerrari’s battery is smaller than the battery of a Porsche 918 Spyder, which has an electric range of 12 miles, the Laferrari can’t do much – maybe 8 miles at best, after a lot of regenerative charging. Needless to say, the SF90 isn’t the first to feature an all-electric capacity, but it is the first to actually have an electric capability that’s actually worthwhile... if you consider 16 miles of range worthwhile, anyway.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale vs Ferrari LaFerrari
Ferrari SF90 Stradale Ferrari LaFerrari
Engine V-8 V-12
Horsepower 780 HP @ 7,500 RPM 800 HP @ 9,000 RPM
Torque 800 NM @ 6,000 RPM 700 NM @ 6,750 RPM
Hybrid system three electric motors HY-KERS system
Hybrid power 220 HP 163 HP
Top Speed 340 km/h 350 km/h
0-100 km/h 2.5 s <3 s
0-200 km/h 6.7 s <7 s

The 2020 Ferrari SF90’s Aerodynamics Are Also a Leap Forward

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The SF90 might carry some pretty crazy or radical styling but, believe it or not, it’s actually a big step forward. Well, for supercars, anyway.

The front section of its chassis actually sits a bit higher – about 0.6 inches or 15 mm – than the center. Thanks to more airflow through the car’s vortex generators, total downforce generated at speed (155 mph) comes in at 860 pounds – a number that Ferrari claims is a new benchmark for efficiency in high-performance road cars… we’ll see. The point is that it looks amazing and it delivers amazing downforce, all thanks to some pretty interesting aerodynamic innovation.

2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Hybrid exterior dimensions
Length 4710 mm
Width 1972 mm
Height 1186 mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Front track 1679 mm
Rear track 1652 mm
Dry weight 1570 kg
Weight distribution 45% front - 55% rear
Boot capacity 74 l
Rear shelf capacity 20 l
Fuel tank capacity 68 l (2 reserve)

2020 Ferrari SF90 Weight and Drive Modes.

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Since we’ve talked about the SF90’s near-1,000-horsepower output, and it’s 2.5-second sprint to 60 mph, it’s time we explain a little bit of how this is possible. Despite the V-8 hidden under the skin, all the crazy aerodynamic bits, and a rather lush interior, the Ferrari SF90 has a curb weight of just 3,461 pounds. Sure, it sounds like a lot, but it’s actually 33 pounds lighter than the LaFerrari. Just when you think automakers can’t do anything else to save weight, Ferrari hit’s us with something lighter than the LaFerrari. T

his reduction in weight is what helps that all-electric range exist, and that’s also why this beast has a few drive modes: eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, and Qualify.

The first two drive modes, eDrive, and Hybrid, are pretty self-explanatory. The former is all-electric mode while the latter pairs that V-8 and electric power for some extra grunt when you hit the go pedal. In Performance mode, the V-8 actually works as a generator – to some extent – to keep the battery pack juiced up and electric motors operational. Qualify, on the other hand, puts the engine and motors in go mode and you’ll get to experience all 986 horsepower. Of course, that’ll only be for a limited time as without sending some juice to the battery – unless you do a lot of braking – logic says that the battery will eventually run dry.

2020 Ferrari SF90 Interior – It’s Crazy

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Ferrari’s interior designs are never dull, but the SF90 takes things to a new level.

This thing has a 16-inch wraparound screen, and advanced head-up display and, naturally, the F1-inspired cockpit.

For a car of this caliber, the interior actually looks quite spacious, and the overall shape of the dash is just appealing. It does look a little spaceship-like in the right light, but I’ll stick with the term “modern.” I could go on an list all of the little goodies, but we’ll do that more in-depth when we update our speculative review.

Further reading

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale Marks Progress and Breaks a Lot of In-House Records
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Read our full review on the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

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