Ferrari will reveal its second ever hybrid model, the SF90 Stradale, today (Wednesday).
The model’s SF90 tag, confirmed by a trademark site, is shared with the current Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 car and celebrates 90 years since the formation of the racing division in 1929. Stradale is Italian for ‘road going’.
A preview sketch, showing a silhouette of the forthcoming supercar’s rear end, bears the slogan ‘Dare to Imagine’ and confirms the official debut date.
The sketch highlights four square brake lights and a pair of sizeable exhaust tips protruding from the centre of the rear bumper, bearing a remarkable resemblance to last year’s 488 GTB-based SP38 concept.
Rumours suggest the new supercar will pack a mid-mounted 3.9-litre V8, mated to three electric motors for a combined power output of 973bhp. It will serve as a rival to McLaren’s forthcoming new hybrid supercar, which was recently spotted carrying out preliminary tests ahead of its launch next year.
Ferrari has previously confirmed plans to launch a new downsized V6 alongside a range of hybrid models. Michael Leiters, Ferrari’s technical chief, said: “V6 is the next step to follow downsizing without losing emotion or speed of the car.”
Specific details of the powertrain are scare, but a video filmed at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track early last year showed a 488-based prototype operating at speed with no audible engine note, as the company ramped up its efforts to meet the EU’s stringent CO2 emissions targets for 2021.
The launch is Maranello’s first since the F8 Tributo, its final turbocharged V8-powered supercar, was revealed at the Geneva motor show in March. The new hybrid is the first of five Ferraris due this year and one of 15 planned before 2022.
In 2022, the firm will launch its long-rumoured SUV model. Company boss Louis Camillieri said he was “not concerned on being too late” to market with the car but “more concerned on being the best”.
He added: “It takes time to get the best thing. I’m confident it will be spectacular and within our DNA.”