When Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale broke the Top Gear lap record by 1.4 seconds, people sat up and took notice of one of the fastest cars on the planet. Now the Stradale’s convertible brother has arrived, the SF90 Spider, and it has even more power.
In fact, this Ferrari boasts the most brake horsepower the Italian automakers have ever got into one of their cars, hitting an eye-watering 1000 thanks to a combination of three electric motors, which produce 220 bhp alone, and a turbocharged v8 that has been stuck in for good measure. The combustion engine produces a huge 780bhp, which means this hybrid is one of the most powerful cars on the planet, improving on the original Stradale by 14bhp.
The figures speak for themselves, although the convertible is heavier than its counterpart, the considerable power still means 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph. With an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and a gearbox that can change gear in 200 milliseconds, you are never left wanting for more power in this machine - in fact, it's actually a beast you’ll need to tame carefully. That’s why this supercar is also stacked with Ferrari’s latest technology, to keep you on the road. With this much power at your disposal it's sensible they have included electronic traction control and torque vectoring, as well as brake-by-wire control on this model.
You don’t have to always be using all of the power in this Italian monster however. There are four driving modes, starting with eDrive which uses just the electric motors, perfect for those early morning starts when you don’t want to wake the neighbours, or pottering around town. Next is Hybrid, which merges the two power systems together, followed by Performance, which prioritises the V8 engine and finally Qualify, which gives you maximum power from both the V8 and the electric motors.
This is truly one of the most spectacular cars to ever roll off Ferrari’s production line. Perhaps it lacks the flair and boyish good looks of some of its predecessors but still, this is their most powerful car ever, and you can feel these speeds with the roof down. Remarkable.
Ferrari says to expect it in the Spring 2021.