The Plug-In Prancing Horse
MAXIM Australia|December 2021
Putting Ferrari’s first-ever PHEV-powered supercar, the SF90 Stradale, to the test...
NICOLAS STECHER

Ripping around the narrow roadways that crawl like capillaries across the Hollywood Hills in the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the thrills are gloriously visceral. Thank the supercar’s futuristic plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain — the first-ever from Ferrari — featuring a re-engineered and enlarged version of the marque’s twinturbo V8 (swollen from 3.9 to 4.0 litres), augmented with a trio of electric motors. With a motor affixed to each front wheel, the SF90’s all-world AWD keeps the supercar seemingly magnetically attached to the pockmarked asphalt of these ancient roads, and the torque vectoring — when one front wheel moves faster than the other to hasten turning radius — makes cornering feel… perverse.

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