This car’s mid-engined mechanical configuration may make it seem like a natural successor to the 488 and F8 Tributo, but that isn’t how it’s intended – and thinking about it in those terms certainly won’t make the SF90’s near-£400k starting price easier to stomach.
When the V6-engined 296 GTB comes along to dovetail with this car next year, the positioning of the SF90 should make more sense. For now, though, since it’s the kind of supercar whose competitor set simply doesn’t yet exist, the SF90 is probably doomed to seem expensive even to the lucky few, and also way out of reach of the vast majority.
Owners can be reasonably confident of strong residual values, but only the car’s frankly monumental performance is likely to justify its price positioning, and its limited cargo practicality certainly won’t help. For what it’s worth, Ferrari continues to offer a four-year warranty, which can be extended at extra cost, along with seven years ofcomplimentary scheduled servicing and maintenance.
As far as fuel economy and emissions are concerned, this clearly isn’t your average plug-in hybrid. Expect just under 25mpg at a typical 70mph motorway cruise after the battery is fully depleted.
With CO2 emissions from 154g/km, the SF90 clearly won’t qualify for every ULEV scheme or incentive in the same way a sub-50g/km operator might. But this is a supercar, so don’t expect that fact to put many owners off – especially when reasonable electric-only running in urban environments is indeed possible.