Ferrari unveils a convertible version of its SF90 Stradale hybrid car

Ferrari today unveiled its new SF90 Spider, a convertible version of its SF90 Stradale hybrid car, as part of the Italian luxury carmaker’s drive to achieve 60 percent of sales from hybrid technology by 2022.

The new car features the same specifications as the 4WD SF90 Stradale that was released last year, and includes an eight-cylinder combustion engine with 780 horsepower, two front-mounted electric motors that add an additional 220 horsepower, in addition to a retractable hard surface.

The Spider – which weighs 100 kg more than the Stradale – will cost about 473,000 euros ($ 558,000) in Italy, surpassing the Stradale’s $ 430,000. The first delivery is expected in the second quarter of next year in Europe.

“We are preparing the SF90 to be our supercar,” said Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer (Enrico Gallera) during a web presentation. “We don’t see any competitors in the market at the moment,” he added, adding that the SF90 would also appeal to owners of powerful sports cars from the V12 series.

In addition to a maximum speed of 340 km per hour, the SF90 plug-in hybrid external drive can save 25 km of electric power, allowing drivers to leave home quietly and pass through city centers without producing emissions.

So far, the COVID-19 pandemic has not delayed Ferrari’s ambitious plans to introduce new models, as the SF90 Spider comes two months after the Portofino M, a transformation of Ferrari’s best-selling supercar.

It is keeping its pledge to unveil two new cars this year, having set five records in 2019, and that includes the SF90 Stradale, Ferrari’s first hybrid car in series production.

The SF90 Spider is the eighth new model among 15 Ferrari cars promised in its 2018-2022 plan.

The automaker, controlled by Exor and the holding company owned by the Italian Agnelli family, has pledged that 60 percent of sales of cars will be hybrids by 2022.

However, a fully electric Ferrari is not expected until after 2025, as battery technology requires further development, and the range needs to prepare customers who are more accustomed to loud engines than quiet driving.

Galera said: “At the moment, we are not considering the electric technology suitable for Ferrari’s needs, but it will certainly be in the future, but not now.”

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