Ferrari SF90 Spider is 986bhp hybrid 13 | 11 | 2020

    THIS IS FERRARI’S new all-wheel drive flagship convertible mid-engined supercar, the SF90 Spider; it’s a drop-top version of the SF90 Stradale. Like the coupe, the cabrio uses a plug-in drive-train which supports all-electric running. Yup! You can cover 15.5-miles on electric-only! And all in a car expected to cost around £415,000 … 10% more than the coupe. (Related: Ferrari reveals SF90 Stradale hybrid)

    The powertrain is the same as that fitted to the fixed roof SF90 Stradale: a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine which links up with a battery and electric motor setup to develop a maximum output of 986bhp and 900Nm of torque. (Related: One-off Ferrari Omologato)


    Power is sent to the rear axle via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddle shift controls mounted on the steering wheel. The front axle is driven by the 217bhp electric motor, making the Ferrari SF90 Spider an all-wheel-drive, hybrid convertible supercar. (Related: Ferrari unveils new 488 Challenge Evo)


    Following the silhouette of the hard-top Stradale model, the SF90 Spider incorporates a lightweight folding hard top roof. The canopy can be opened or closed in 14 seconds, while a new rear window can also be controlled by the driver. (Related: Ferrari's one-off P80/C track car)

    When the roof is down, the car’s looks are defined by a new flat deck and two roll hoops supported by two new buttresses which flow down towards the engine compartment. At the rear there’s an active spoiler which can move up and down for more downforce or reduced drag.


    The retractable roof means the Spider’s kerb weight creeps up by 100kg to 1670kg. However, the 0-62mph time remains unchanged at just 2.5-seconds, with the top speed hitting 211mph. And if you really need to sprint fro standstill to 124mph, it’ll take just 7secs. (Related: Ferrari unveils 488 Pista Spider)


    Oh. And not only is the Stradale capable of plug-in recharging, but the SF90’s battery pack can recover energy through braking, or be replenished on the move by the 4.0-litre V8 engine.

    Inside the cabin, it’s pretty much the same as the coupe, apart from the addition of two new aerodynamic fins intended to deflect air flow from driver and passenger while the roof is down.


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    Jim McGill


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