Enjoying a Ferrari with the wind in your hair, in almost absolute silence. A vision? More than anything else, a paradox that becomes reality thanks to the SF 90 Spider, a brand new supercar with which the Maranello-based company is debuting its most powerful “discovery” ever in the new segment of high-performance plug-in hybrids. Yes, because with the new two-seater powered by four engines – the now mythological 4-liter, 780 horsepower V8 twin-turbo to which are added three electric engines for a system power of 1000 horsepower – it will allow a few, wealthy and selected customers to travel relying only on the contribution of electrons for 25 kilometers with a certain panache up to a maximum speed of 135 kilometers per hour. Of course, the juicy part of the experience will be experienced when the driving mode selected via one of the touch buttons on the steering wheel is Qualify, the one aimed at maximum performance, but now the aspect of environmental sustainability cannot be neglected, especially by a a brand like that of Cavallino for which luxury, technological exclusivity, design and performance form an almost inseparable paradigm.
Ferrari SF 90 Spider, photos
The retractable hardtop of the SF 90 Spider folds away and hides behind the seats in 14 seconds even in motion (up to 45 per hour) and redefines the line of a car that retains the silhouette of its “closed” Stradale sister but required a thorough study to reposition volumes and mechanical parts according to the new layout. The Spider therefore has a more curved windshield, the cockpit moved forward and, under the rear hood, the powertrain was positioned lower along with the gearbox – an eight-speed dual clutch that engages gears in 200 milliseconds – to lower the gearbox. center of gravity and balance the effect of the additional 100 kilos required by the roof, handling mechanism and reinforcements to the spaceframe frame. Chronometer in hand, the monstrous performances are perceptibly affected by the extra weight on the scale only in the 0-200 hourly shot which occurs in 7 seconds, or three tenths more than the SF 90 Stradale. The 0-100 takes place in 2.5 seconds and the maximum speed exceeds 340 per hour.
“We worked hard to make the open-car experience even more satisfying” declared Ferrari Technical Director, Michael Leiters, “and not just in terms of performance. We focused on human-machine interaction to allow the driver to focus even more on the road, while we also thought about the sound sensations, applying a resonator on the turbocharger to transfer the engine noise in the right way inside the passenger compartment. when traveling with the car open “. To make the SF 90 Spider even more exclusive, the price of which starts at € 473,000, it is possible to choose the Assetto Fiorano as an option, an outfitting geared towards sporty customers (chosen by 50% of the buyers of the SF 90 Stradale) which carries its dedicated livery , shock absorbers calibrated for the track, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires and carbon fiber and titanium components, which save 21 kilos on the scale.
“With the SF 90 Spider we took advantage of the experience gained with the Stradale on hybrid and electric propulsion ”underlined the commercial and marketing director Enrico Galliera during the press conference to present the new convertible from Maranello“ effectively creating a new segment. But even if the market is moving fast towards zero-emission mobility, at Ferrari we believe that, to date, this technology is useful for improving performance and driving experience, but does not have the characteristics needed to imagine a potential application. 100% in the short term “. The unmistakable roar of the Cavallino cars, for now, is by no means destined to fade.
November 12, 2020 (change November 12, 2020 | 15:51)
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