Ferrari SF90 debuts in Australia, priced from $846,888

Brett Davis

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale made its Australian debut in Melbourne yesterday, coming in as the first plug-in hybrid electric Ferrari ever. It’s also the most powerful road-going Ferrari ever.

It was initially revealed to the world in May this year, and, as the name suggests, it has been created to help celebrate the 90th anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari. This is the Italian marque’s motorsport division, and the SF90 features plenty of motorsport-derived technologies and performance.

Behind the cabin is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, based on the existing 3.9-litre unit. Not happy with simply increasing the combustion capacity, which sees the output soar to a whopping 574kW and 800Nm from the engine alone, the engineers added three electric motors.

Yep, three. These produce 162kW and help to provide an electric driving range of about 25km. That’s not all they do, though. They also take the overall combined output to an incredible 736kW (1000PS). With all-wheel drive and a dry weight of just 1570kg, it’s no wonder Ferrari claims 0-100km/h is done and dusted in just 2.5 seconds, with 0-200km/h coming up in a phenomenal 6.7 seconds.

It’s not all about sheer speed. The interior is designed to be quite practical and luxurious. There’s a 16-inch digital HD screen that curves around the driver, with head-up display, while most of the controls have been designed so that when the car is off the controls go black and out of view. Many of the controls are positioned on the steering wheel as well to go with Ferrari’s ‘hands-on-the-wheel’ philosophy.

Ferrari put together a special black tie dinner for 250 of its closest clients in Port Melbourne last night, giving everyone a first local look at the new beast. Local deliveries are set to commence during the fourth quarter of next year, with prices starting from $846,888. See below for key specs.

Internal combustion engine
Type: V8 – 90° – turbo – dry sump
Total displacement: 3990cc
Maximum power output*: 574kW (780 cv) @ 7500rpm
Max torque: 800Nm @ 6000rpm
Specific power output: 195 cv/l
Max. engine speed: 8000rpm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1

Hybrid system   
Maximum power electric motors: 62kW (220 cv)
Battery capacity: 7.9kWh
Max. range under electric power: 25km

Dimensions and weight
Length: 4710mm
Width: 1972mm
Height: 1186mm
Wheelbase: 2650mm
Front track: 1679mm
Rear track: 1652mm
Dry weight**: 1570kg
Weight distribution: 45% front – 55% rear
Boot capacity: 74L
Rear shelf capacity: 20L
Fuel tank capacity: 68L (2 reserve)

Front: 255/35 ZR 20 J9.5
Rear: 315/30 ZR 20 J11.5

Front: 398 x 223 x 38mm
Rear: 360 x 233 x 32mm

Transmission and gearbox: 8-speed, F1 dual-clutch transmission
Electronic controls: eSSC: E4WD (eTC, eDiff3), SCME-Frs, FDE2.0, EPS, high performance ABS/EBD with energy recovery

Maximum speed: 340km/h
0-100 km/h: 2.5 seconds
0-200 km/h: 6.7 seconds
100-0 km/h: 29.5 metres
Dry weight/power: 1.57 kg/cv
Laptime at Fiorano: 79 seconds

Fuel consumption and emissions: Under homologation

*With 98 octane petrol
**With optional extras

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