Ferrari has announced its first plug-in hybrid car, the SF90 Stradale. In addition to the V8 turbo engine, which the company claims to have the highest power of an 8-cylinder in its history, the car has a total of three electric motors (two on the front axles and one on the rear). Combined, the combustion engine and engines produce 985 hp, allowing the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.5 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 211 mph.
If you want to use the car in its fully electric eDrive mode, you may be a bit disappointed in its maximum of 15 miles of range. That might be enough for a quick trip to the store or a short trip, but these are hardly the trips you have to buy a Ferrari. At least those 15 miles will pass quickly: Ferrari advertises that the SF90 Stradale can hit a maximum of 84 km / h without its internal combustion engine. This engine is also switched off automatically when you reverse, which means that the car's gearbox does not have to contain reverse gear.
Internally, the car has a 16-inch curved HD screen behind the steering wheel, which can be fully operated using the touchpad and the haptic buttons on the steering wheel. You can use these controls to cycle through the car's four different engine modes – the all-electric eDrive, Hybrid, Performance and Qualify – that offer a different balance between speed, battery and fuel consumption.
Ferrari has not yet announced the price or availability for the SF90 Stradale, but the announcement was somewhat unavoidable given the global move towards phased combustion engine cars. Multiple countries, including the UK and China, have announced plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the coming decades. But with some of these forbidden make exceptions for hybrids, cars such as the SF90 Stradale can offer a solution if you want to buy a traditional Ferrari engine.