Ferrari’s First Plug-in Hybrid Roadster
The Ferrari SF90 Spider has now been unveiled as Ferrari’s first plug-in hybrid roadster with close to 1,000 hp. The car is the open-top version of the SF90 Stradale. It maintains many of the Stradale’s specs, including a 211 mph top speed. It will do a 0-60 mph time in just 2.5 seconds.
The SF90 Spider features a retractable hardtop that’s made of aluminum. This saves around 88 pounds over other traditional materials, according to Autoblog. However, the Spider still weighs 220 pounds more than the Stradale. The Spider’s roof can be lowered in 14 seconds and operated when the car is standing still or at low speeds.
There’s also a powered rear window that can be raised even when the top is down. This provides a bit more wind protection. Ferrari didn’t stop there in terms of airflow around the cockpit. The central trim piece between the seats also manages to channel air away from the occupants.
The car comes with the same plug-in hybrid powertrain. It consists of a 4.0-liter V8 engine that’s twin-turbocharged and three electric motors as well as a 7.9-kilowatt-hour battery pack. All told, this powertrain is good for 986hp and connected to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
You might notice the cooling system is different on this car. That’s because of the new retractable hardtop. Ferrari had to rework the cooling elements to manage heat.
The car can be had with an optional Assetto Fiorano track pack. That includes plenty of added carbon fiber (a reduction of 46 pounds) Multimatic shock absorbers, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and a two-tone livery. U.S. pricing hasn’t been announced, but the new Spider will be about 10 percent more than the Stradale, which runs $507,300.