2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale – With the coming of the SF90 Stradale, Ferrari now uses electrification innovatively and with real commitment in an attempt to surpass any dynamic expectation one might think of. The SF90 Stradale has broken some long-standing records in the Ferrari family of supercars. One of such records is that the SF90 is now the fastest and most powerful Ferrari. This it did without the regular V12 engine which makes it amazing.
The SF90 is a plug-in hybrid operating with three electric motors to further enhance its performance. The electric motors are positioned differently as one is stationed between the engine and the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission producing 157 hp and 196 lb-ft of torque. The remaining two electric motors are mounted on the front axle of the SF90, to distribute power across the front wheels as well as contribute 97 hp and 62 lb-ft of torque.
The SF90 can allegedly hit 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 6.7 seconds. The handling and brakes are smooth, thanks largely to the brake-by-wire system and electric power steering, both firsts for Ferrari. According to MotorTrend, driving the SF90 is better than therapy.
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With the SF90 comes a slightly lower-slung cabin with a respectable space at the steering wheel. As with most mid-engine cars, the SF90 does not have enough legroom for the very tall occupant. However, the headroom is magnificent.
Ferrari has gifted the SF90 a 16in, multimode digital binnacle screen that serves as the instrument panel, infotainment display, and navigation system for the car all at once. Interacting with the secondary control functions of the car as well as with the car’s trip computer information is done on the touch-sensitive controls found on the steering wheel spokes. Adjusters for heating and ventilation and the door mirrors are on the small consoles found on either side of the column. The car is not entirely left out of storage space as it boasts of a number of them though small in size.
The Engine Options
The mid-engine Ferrari SF90 features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 769 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The car also comes with three electric motors to further enhance its performance. The electric motors are positioned differently as one is stationed between the engine and the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission producing 157 hp and 196 lb-ft of torque. The remaining two electric motors are mounted on the front axle of the SF90, to distribute power across the front wheels as well as contribute 97 hp and 62 lb-ft of torque.
The battery that comes with the Ferrari SF90 is capable of generating 15 miles of all-electric driving. Don’t worry about charging the battery as it gets recharged once the Performance mode is engaged. The Performance mode is one of the four driving modes that the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale comes with. The other three are Hybrid, Qualifying, and eD (electric drive). With the different driving modes and motor configurations, switching between rear-wheel, all-wheel, and front-wheel drive becomes very easy while still maintaining the car’s excellent performance.
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The axles that come with the SF90 Stradale are similar to the F8 Tributo. It features double wishbones at the front and multiple links at the rear, as well as coil springs (rising-rate at the rear) and adaptive dampers as standard.
Opt for Ferrari’s Assetto Fiorano specification and you get firmer titanium springs and uprated passive dampers (supplied by racing specialist Multimatic), as well as a higher-downforce rear wing and some extra weight-saving carbon fiber panels. Carbon fiber wheels are another option, carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, and while Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are fitted as part of the Fiorano pack, grippier Cup 2 R tires can be specified at extra cost.
Ride and Handling of the SF90
The SF90 is a super if not a hypercar. Its credentials when it comes to lap time, handling balance, outright grip, body control, and all-around precision are undoubtedly phenomenal. The car will go well with enthusiasts who like picking off slower-moving traffic with torque-rich ease and ready composure that even a Nissan GT-R or Porsche 911 Turbo S driver would struggle to fathom.
Frankly speaking, there is an aspect of performance from the SF90 Stradale characteristically fast power steering beyond what most modern Ferraris offer. Its keen sense of accuracy and composure makes it unexpectedly intuitive and reassuringly stable on a fast and weaving A-road.
For the SF90 Stradale supercar that at the moment has no rival, Ferrari offers a four-year warranty. The warranty is flexible as it can be extended at extra cost, along with seven years of complimentary scheduled servicing and maintenance. This flexibility makes it more accommodating for buyers.
As far as fuel economy and emissions are concerned, the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Clearly isn’t your average plug-in hybrid. Expect just under 25mpg at a typical 70mph motorway cruise after the battery is fully depleted.
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