Jay Leno deeply impressed with Ferrari SF90 Stradale
Jay Leno recently sampled a Ferrari SF90 Stradale for the last episode of his “Jay Leno’s Garage” series, and the funny man walked away completely impressed with the car’s design and driving experience.
He was also impressed with its high prices. Although this is the latest flagship of the Ferrari team, while offering a level of technology that makes some rivals look like an old hat, the price of the SF90 Stradale is slightly higher than the next model in the ranks, the 812 Superfast, starting at just $ 500,000. The SF90 Stradale is also a regular production model, which means you don’t have to give up your firstborn just to buy one, like with Ferrari production cars.
Leno didn’t buy one himself. Instead, the SF90 Stradale he tested was on loan from David Lee, aka the friendliest Ferrari collector in the world. Lee has around 30 Ferraris in his ever-growing collection, and the SF90 Stradale he owns was ordered with the car’s Assetto Fiorano package which saves weight while adding track upgrades like Multimatic-derived shocks. Ferrari’s GT racing program, as well as improvements. aero. The Assetto Fiorano pack also offers the option of a two-tone livery, as shown on Lee’s car.
Unlike all of Ferrari’s previous cars, including the LaFerrari, the SF90 Stradale is a plug-in hybrid with an electrified all-wheel drive system. The setup consists of a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, and a trio of electric motors (two at the front and one at the rear) . The setup is similar to what you find in the Acura NSX, Porsche 918 Spyder, and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz AMG One, and is suitable for a 986 horsepower handset.
Despite the complexity and extra components of its PHEV powertrain, Ferrari managed to keep the final package below 3,500 pounds. This combination is good for a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph. A pure electric range is also possible, although only 9 miles per the EPA. The battery is only a 7.9 kilowatt-hour unit.
Rather than pretending that the SF90 Stradale is just another conventional Ferrari (if such a thing even exists), its designers have looked at the technology while acknowledging the prancing horse heritage. Look no further than the fuel filler caps, which are found on either side of its engine bay, as they did on the iconic F40. In this case, one is a charging port for the battery. Inside, the transmission selector mimics a classic gated shifter in another nod to tradition.
Deliveries of the SF90 Stradale began last summer. Ferrari is now delivering the first examples of the open-top SF90 Spider just in time for this summer.
Note that the SF90 Stradale won’t be Ferrari’s current flagship for long. Ferrari is working on a successor to the LaFerrari, which will likely be the basis for the automaker’s 2023 Le Mans Hypercar race car.
This article was originally published by Motor Authority, an editorial partner of ClassicCars.com.
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