First Series Production PHEV Ferrari Lifts Performance Crown

Old-time Ferrari fans are in for a shock with its first series production PHEV that is also the first range-topping V8 in the marque’s history.

The iconic Italian racing car manufacturer became world renowned for its super powerful V12s yet, now, the plug-in SF90 Stradale lifts the performance crown boasting 985bhp delivered by its 90° V8 gasoline and three electric motors hybrid system. The carmaker says its system is directly derived from its Formula 1 race team with one electric motor located between the engine and an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, on the rear axle, and two on the front axle.

This arrangement also means the car is the first Ferrari to use all-wheel drive enhancing its sprint performance time of 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds and passes the 124mph mark in 6.7 seconds. Its turbo-charged ICE V8 boasts 769bhp plus 590ft-lbs of torque on its own. It is developed from the award-winning F154 family engine and power boosted by increasing capacity from 3,902cc to 3,990cc thanks to a larger bore of 88 mm. Its turbo chargers are equipped with electronically-controlled wastegates to improve catalyzer heating and new compressor volutes to optimize fluid-dynamics.

Three electric motors produce a total of 216bhp and its lithium-ion battery pack claims a 15 mile electric only range using just the front axle. Reverse can only be used in eDrive mode which means the car can be maneuvered at low speeds without using the V8. The front motors are integrated into the launch control strategy for maximum performance when accelerating.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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