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- Highs Insane acceleration, supercar exterior styling, surprisingly comfortable cabin.
- Lows Few driver-assistance features, little space for cargo, no Android Auto.
- Verdict This plug-in hybrid Ferrari hypercar's uncompromising performance gives us both a taste of the storied Italian automaker's future and a tantalizing car for the present.
Although it sports a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Ferrari SF90 isn't about to blend into traffic like a Hyundai Ioniq or a Toyota Prius Prime. Offered in hardtop-coupe Stradale and convertible Spider body styles, these Italian thoroughbreds are packing an amazing 986 horsepower and deliver pavement-blistering acceleration. Despite their stratospheric performance, the SF90 models don't skimp on driver-and-passenger comfort, and both provide an impressive list of standard features including a reconfigurable digital gauge display, automatic climate control, and a leather-lined cabin. All this performance and exclusivity comes at an equally high-flying price, though—one that's north of $500,000—but for the lucky few, this ultimate Ferrari will be worth every penny.
What's New for 2021?
The hardtop SF90 Stradale is joined by the convertible Spider for 2021. A power-folding hardtop allows buyers to enjoy the Ferrari's 986-hp while working on their tan.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Both models come packed with enough amenities to make either a satisfying pick for shoppers in this price range, but we'd spring for the drop-top Spider variant. If you want to give this Ferrari a more customized appearance, you can select from a host of upholstery choices. There are also a number of different wheel designs, and the list of available upgrades also includes carbon-fiber components, titanium exhaust pipes, a digital rearview mirror, and brake calipers in varying colors.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
With the SF90, power comes from a massive V-8 and three electric motors. The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 generates a mighty 769 horsepower on its own, and the trio of electric motors provide an additional 217 horsepower. In the end, the gas/electric powertrain generates a net output of 986 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels, making this the first mid-engined Ferrari with all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission oversees the proceedings. As you'd expect, all that power under the hood translates into blistering acceleration. Ferrari estimates that it will rocket from zero to 60 mph in a scant 2.5 seconds. Different driving modes allow you to tailor the car's handling to suit your preferences. The lineup includes EV Only, Hybrid, Performance, and, last but not least, Qualify—a setting that allows you to fully exploit the car's performance capabilities.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the SF90 Stradale coupe should deliver 18 mpg combined when running solely on gasoline and up to 51 MPGe when utilizing both its gasoline engine and its electric motors. We haven't tested the SF90 on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our testing regimen, so we can't evaluate its real-world mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The SF90's interior is fairly sedate, with the yellow prancing-horse logo adding a splash of color on the center of the steering wheel. This two-seat coupe is home to a sculpted dashboard with fluid lines that mimic the flowing design of the car's exterior. With high-performance exotics, cargo space is typically in short supply. This is certainly the case with the SF90, which provides roughly three cubic feet of room for your stuff.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All SF90 models come with an LCD monitor up front and a six-speaker sound system. The car is also equipped with standard tech features such as Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, real-time traffic, and an integrated navigation system with a voice-activation feature. Apple CarPlay integration is offered, but Android Auto isn't on the list of available amenities.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Ferrari SF90 models haven't received an overall crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Hypercars aren't typically known for offering a broad selection of driver-assistance features, and this is true of the SF90. Amenities such as a blind-spot warning system aren't available. Key safety features include:
- Standard backup camera
- Standard rear parking sensors
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Ferrari offers limited- and powertrain-warranty coverage identical to that provided by Lamborghini. However, Ferrari one-ups its rival when it comes to complimentary scheduled maintenance; with Ferrari vehicles, you get seven years of coverage. With Lamborghini vehicles, complimentary scheduled maintenance isn't offered.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance covers 7 years or unlimited miles
2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale
mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-passenger coupe
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 4.0-liter V-8, 769 hp, 590 lb-ft; 2 permanent-magnet synchronous AC front motors, 133 hp, 63 lb-ft each; permanent-magnet synchronous AC rear motor, 201 hp, 196 lb-ft; combined output, 986 hp; 6.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length: 185.4 in
Width: 77.6 in
Height: 46.7 in
Cargo volume: 3 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 3900 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 2.3 sec
100 mph: 5.0 sec
1/4 mile: 9.9 sec
Top speed: 211 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 22/20/24 mpg
Combined gasoline+electricity: 70 MPGe
EV range: 15 miles