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The future has arrived at Ferrari with the unveiling of the Italian supercar company's first plug-in hybrid, dubbed the SF90 Stradale in a nod to the 90th anniversary of the founding of Ferrari.
The SF90 Stradale can run for up to 25km on battery power alone but, because it is still a Ferrari, it can also hit 135km/h without resorting to internal combustion.
Australians can expect to see the SF90 Stradale in the first half of 2020 but Herbert Appleroth, who locally leads the House of the Prancing Horse, is remaining tight-lipped on other details. Ferrari is not even sharing a battery range for the car.
The SF90 Stradale follows the earlier LaFerrari down the hybrid road, but its predecessor only had a ‘mild’ system that was intended to boost overall power and not operate solely on electricity.
This new e-Ferrari is of a different mind, with all-wheel drive and three electric motors - one for each front wheel and one linked to the engine - coupled to a turbocharged V8 mounted right behind the cabin with an eight-speed self-shifting gearbox.
Numbers are no real reflection of the impact of Ferrari's e-flagship but, for the record, it can leap to 100km/h in just 2.5 seconds and its top speed is pegged at 340km/h.
Gorgeous is the right word for the styling of the SF90, which manages to combine cutting-edge aerodynamics with a sensuous shape. Both the body and chassis are completely new.
Inside, Ferrari is diving deeply into the 21st century by fitting a curved central display screen - claimed as a world first - that is angled towards the driver, locating all the major controls onto the steering wheel, installing a heads-up display, using 3D graphics, and switching to full keyless access and starting.
Ferrari says the new cabin layout and equipment will eventually be rolled through the rest of the range.
Other new technology includes an ‘active-matrix’ headlight system powered by LEDs and alloy wheels with an aerodynamic spoke design to improve the airflow around the sides of the car.
Although the plug-in battery pack helps give the SF90 a huge combined power output of 736kW, what is just as important is that it qualifies to be driven in the increasing number of low-emission exclusion zones in major capital cities including London.