29 October 2021

This is the new Ferrari SF90 and it has a full 1000hp. That's 986bhp to non-metric old-school brake horsepower fans but whichever way you cut it, it's a shed load of power.

It has a lot of firsts for Ferrari. the SF90 is Ferrari's first plug-in hybrid. It is its first four-wheel drive mid-engined supercar. It's also it's first road car with this amount of power, which sticks it right into hypercar territory, if you make such distinctions.

It comes in two variants, standard (such as it is) and with an Assetto Fiorano package - lighter and keener, with passive Multimatic dampers, titanium springs and exhaust, and more aero. This car has that package, more on which in a moment.

Straight-line performance is spectacular. This is a car that can do 0-62mph (0-100kph) in just 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 211mph. Such frantic acceleration from rest is made  possible by the fact it's 4wd. It has two electric motors on the front axle and another between the engine and gearbox, assisting the 4.0-litre twin turbocharged 90-degree V8 engine that sits behind the occupants.

But as well as being able to be driven a combination of combustion and electricity, this PHEV Ferrari can naturally be driven on battery power alone - in which case it becomes a front-wheel drive, zero emissions vehicle. Which is pretty amusing.

All of this gubbins does mean, though, that the SF90 is relatively heavy, at 1570kg (dry) with every lightweight option, for which you can figure it's nearly 1700kg at the kerb.

And, well, it's quite a lot of money. The base price is £375,000, to which you can add £40,000 for the Assetto Fiorano package, and it doesn't end there. This version with options costs, well, we'll let you find out in the video.

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