After years of denying the possibility of a utility vehicle, Ferrari has confirmed that it will release an SUV.
“You’ll have to shoot me first” was what Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne once said regarding an electric Ferrari and SUV, but he seems to have had a change of heart.
The company is beyond the consideration phase and only has to approve the SUV for production, with Marchionne telling Bloomberg:
“We’re dead serious about this. We need to learn how to master this whole new relationship between exclusivity and scarcity of product, then we’re going to balance this desire to grow with a widening of the product portfolio.”
SUVs have served to significantly grow the sales volume at other high-end brands, but Ferrari will limit the availability of its model to preserve exclusivity.
Ferrari hasn’t revealed when the new SUV will arrive, but you can bet enthusiasts will be talking about it from now on until we finally see it in action and even more after. The Lambhorgini Urus will have some competition.
How do you want the Ferrari SUV to turn out?
Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-in Supercar Is The Most Powerful Ferrari Ever
The first-ever plug-in hybrid Ferrari is also the most powerful Ferrari ever.
Ferrari has taken the wraps off the SF90 Stradale, ushering in in a number of firsts for the Italian brand.
Named to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Scuderia Ferrari racing team, the SF90 Stradale utilizes the first plug-in hybrid drivetrain developed by Ferrari and is the most powerful road-going vehicle in the company’s history.
Power comes from a 770 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 and a trio of electric motors that work together to produce a combined output of 986 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.
Generating a combined 216 horsepower, the three electric motors supplement the SF90 Stradale’s powerful V8. One motor is sandwiched between the engine and an all-new eight-speed dual clutch gearbox, similar to the F1-style KERS system used in the LaFerrari, while the other two are located on the front axle.
A 7.9 kWh lithium-ion battery allows the SF90 Stradale to travel about 15 miles on electric power alone.
In addition to being Ferrari’s first-ever plug-in hybrid, the SF90 Stradale is also the first two-seat Ferrari sports car to use all-wheel drive, which the company says was need to harness the car’s tremendous power. A sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) is completed in less than 2.5 seconds.
More than just a power source, the front electric motors also help deliver more precise handling. Each motor operates independently, allowing engineers to implement a torque vectoring system that automatically allocates more torque to the outside wheel to improve cornering.
Interestingly, the SF90 Stradale’s eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox doesn’t have a reverse gear, an omission that allowed Ferrari to save an additional 3kg of weight. The reverse function is instead provided by the electric motors.
The interior has a clean yet high-tech layout, featuring 16-inch curved digital gauge display and a steering wheel that incorporates a touchpad and haptic buttons in place of the usual knobs and buttons. The automatic gearbox’s controls are housed in a surround that looks like the gates of a manual shifter,
A hotter version of the SF90 Stradale known as the Assetto Fiorano will be available at launch. The car is distinguished by a number of performance upgrades that includes Multimatic shock absorbers, a higher-downforce rear spoiler, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2, as well as carbon fiber door and underbody panels and titanium springs and full exhaust system that make it 66 pounds lighter.
Pricing and production numbers for the Ferrari SF90 Stradale will be announced at a later date. In the mean time, let us know in the comments section if you are happy with how the car turned out.
Maserati Will Stop Using Ferrari Engines For Its Cars
Having become its own company separate from FCA, Ferrari will no longer give special treatment to Maserati.
Every Maserati since 2002 has had a Ferrari-built engine, but that will change after Maserati’s engine contract with Ferrari comes to an end.
During the brand’s 2019 first-quarter earnings call, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri revealed to analysts that Maserati’s sales troubles is a reason for the drop in the Prancing Horse’s engine revenue and that the two companies will not renew their contract after it expires in 2021 or 2022.
“So eventually we will no longer supply engines to Maserati which actually from our perspective is actually a good thing, both from a margin perspective, but also the fact that we can transfer a lot of the labor that’s been focused on the engines to the car side of the business,” the executive stated.
Ferrari V8 engines have been a selling point for key Maserati models like the Ghibli, GranCabrio, GranTurismo, and Quattroporte, so it will be interesting to see how not having them will impact Maserati’s overall brand image.
It’s unclear who will supply engines to Maserati moving forward, but as an FCA brand, it has access to some truly capable engines like the Hellcat V8. Just don’t expect Maserati to go all-electric.
Ferrari Will Have Mostly Hybrid Cars By 2022
There are big changes taking place at Maranello. Shocking changes. ⚡
More details have been revealed about the ‘fundamental shift’ in Ferrari’s platform architecture, particularly towards hybrid powertrains.
During a presentation of the Ferrari’s future product roadmap, CEO Louis Camilleri said nearly 60 percent of the company’s models will have hybrid powertrains by 2022, not only as way to meet regulatory requirements but also to “satisfy customer desires for significantly improved emissions while retaining the driving emotions that render Ferraris simply unique.”
The Maranello-based automaker isn’t new to hybrid technology, having utilized it to great effect with the LaFerrari and FXX K.
All of its projects will include hybrids starting in 2019.
In related news, Lamborghini is also going hybrid-electric, announcing plans to electrify its V10 and V12 engines for its next-generation supercars.