By Damien Reid in Maranello
Ferrari's recently released F8 Tributo is likely to be the last full-fat, internal combustion supercar from the legendary Italian company
Ferrari has done the unthinkable and going electric following the launch overnight of the Plug-In Hybrid SF90 Stradale V8 supercar and according to company CEO Louis Camilleri, there’s plenty more to come.
Following a dabble into hybrid technology with the invitation-only, limited build LaFerrari in 2013, the company is going all out, launching an electrification offensive that will result in a fully electric Ferrari supercar after 2022.
It’s a game of survival for the world’s supercar manufacturers fighting against tightening EU emission regulations and one that Ferrari believes is not possible without electrification.
It also means the recently released F8 Tributo is likely to be the last full-fat, internal combustion supercar from the legendary Italian company.
“We are currently in an automotive landscape that is undergoing accelerated change like we’ve never seen before,” Camilleri said.
“There are some significant challenges on the way so 2019 is a very important year for us. We decided to significantly increase our production as we enter this new era.”
Packing a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged, 3.9-litre V8 engine derived from the F8 Tributo, the SF90 Stradale also houses three electric motors, two mounted in the front axle and a third in the transmission to deliver a combined output of 986bhp.
This makes it the fastest accelerating road car Ferrari has made with a zero to 100km/h time of 2.5 seconds, 0-200 in 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 340km/h that will be delivered to the road via all-wheel drive with torque vectoring.
The SF90 Stradale is the first step down this path as part of Ferrari’s five model roll out for this year alone that began with the F8 Tributo revealed last March.
CEO Camilleri has previously stated that Ferrari aims to make 60 percent of its model range, electric hybrids by 2022 before it releases its first fully electric model soon after.
The SF90 Stradale is a hybrid in more ways than one as it combines elements of the Ferrari family’s favourite models, sharing much of its hybrid technology with the LaFerrari but under a body that looks closer to the F8 Tributo with similar dimensions and with performance that surpasses the V12-powered 812 Superfast GT.
Additionally, and unlike LaFerrari, the company will not cap production numbers despite offering superior performance for less money. As a result, the company is claiming the SF90 Stradale is an additional model to the range rather than a replacement to an existing car.
“This is our first hybrid series production car and the first step in a new direction which we are committed to pursuing in the coming years,” Camilleri said.
Whereas the LaFerrari hit the streets with a starting price in excess of AED4 million and was only offered by invitation to selected, loyal VIP customers, the SF90 Stradale will be priced somewhere between it and the 812 Superfast so is estimated to be around the AED2,500,000 mark.
Final prices will be confirmed before deliveries begin across the Middle East next summer.