With its V8 and three electric motors, the Ferrari SF 90 Stradale reaches 1000 horsepower. And driving, it's violent!
You remember the scene from Star Wars where Yan Solo said "punch it!" Chewbacca at the controls of the Millennium Falcon? At the wheel of the SF90 Stradale, it's the same! In 500 milliseconds, the new Ferrari goes from silent electric operation to maximum power mode: a jump from 220 horsepower to 1000 horsepower, which sticks you to the seat in a rocket explosion on takeoff! What to be struck and convinced: we have just entered a new era.
Battery side: 25 km of range and 135 km / h maximum in all-electric mode. Front side: 2’’5 to shoot the 0 to 100 km / h and 340 km / h in peak with the maximum power mode. To obtain these figures, the twin-turbo V8 borrowed from the Tributo F8 is modified and assisted by 3 electric motors. The first is placed between the engine and the 8-speed dual clutch transmission, also used on the Ferrari Roma, and the other two are placed at the front. The total weight? 1,570 kilos claimed empty. On paper, the SF90 sits between the 1,490 kilos announced by the McLaren P1 and the 1,633 kilos declared by the Porsche 918 Spyder. For the record, Ferrari estimates the total mass of the electrical system at around 270 kilos.
Not so heavy
The subsidiary question concerns balance, given the greater proportion of the mass on the front axle, where there are two electric motors. And the threat it poses to the accuracy of the scalpel. But on the road, the Stradale feels as agile as a Ferrari 488 Pista. A hairpin bend? The SF90 rushes in with a snap. A series of large right / left curves? It stalls on its trajectory and changes support with the regularity of a metronome. As for the electric steering, it requires a short moment of adaptation but proves to be precise enough not to be an obstacle to pleasure. In this regard, the drive-by-wire braking system, that is to say without mechanical link between the pedal and the calipers, is more natural than on a Porsche 918 Spyder. Clearly, on open road, it is flawless. The SF90 gives the impression of flying over the fray of the Ferrari 488 Pista and Porsche 911 GT2 RS while retaining filtering and a certain level of comfort.
Fiorano, icing on the cake
Right out of the stands of the Fiorano circuit, the SF90 Stradale sounds the load with a bestial and constant thrust. Before planting the jaws of its calipers in the ceramic brake discs, well wedged to the left, to aim the rope for the turn at the end of the straight line. In the right and left that follow, the SF90 Stradale is very natural and starts to oversteer, but not too much, just enough to give the impression of being a pilot. It flatters the ego and it makes you want to delay the braking that follows. The Stradale runs like it would plant a plow in the bitumen. The grip of the Michelin Sport Cup 2 is phenomenal and the front-wheel drive brings an undeniable advantage in terms of grip. With a reservation on the consistency of the brake pedal, not as frank as on the Ferrari 488 Pista. But the contact under the sole is infinitely more convincing than on the Porsche 918 Spyder. Speaking of persuasive, the accelerations claimed arise there: 6 "7 only to reach 200 km / h. Or a tenth better than a McLaren P1. About the latter, a short downpour gave us the opportunity instructive to drive with the SF90 Stradale on wet roads, and to be able to compare the two monsters in real life.In these conditions, the level of grip of the Ferrari, therefore of active safety, is infinitely higher than that of the McLaren.
Sport Auto's review of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale
There is the technical masterpiece but also, and above all, the experience. At the wheel, we are first surprised by the ease of access, and then the current passes and everything comes alive. Beyond the performance, the pleasure, the atmosphere, the SF90 projects into another dimension. Here we are not talking about driving, or piloting or technology, but magic. We can never say it enough: Maranello engineers are magicians.
Find the full test of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale and all the details in the Sport Auto issue dated July 2020, on sale from June 26.
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> Technical sheet
Ferrari SF90 Stradale
Type: V8 biturbo + 3 electric motors
Capacity: 3990 ccm
Maximum power: 1,000 hp at 7,500 rpm * (780 thermal + 220 electric)
Maximum torque: 126 mkg at 6000 rpm *
* cumulative values equivalent to
Length: 4710 mm
Width: 1972 mm
Height: 1186 mm
Wheelbase: 2650 mm
1,570 kg claimed empty
0 to 100 km / h: 2.5
0 to 200 km / h: 6.7
Maximum speed: 340 km / h
Base price: 423 514 €
Ferrari F8 Tributo