The Spider version of the SF90 Stradale, the SF90 Spider, has been unveiled during a dedicated digital event. Not only is the car the Prancing Horse’s first production plug-in hybrid spider, but the SF90 Spider also sets new benchmarks for performance, innovation, and the thrill of driving, not only for the marque’s range but for the entire sports car sector.
The new convertible has the same extreme supercar specification and record-breaking performance as the SF90 Stradale, thanks to the latest iteration of Ferrari’s signature Retractable Hard Top architecture which first debuted on a mid-rear engined Berlinetta in 2011. The SF90 Spider’s plug-in hybrid system guarantees performance levels unmatched by any other production spider: the car’s 769bhp turbocharged V8 is augmented by three electric motors, one at the rear and two on the front axle, bringing its maximum power output to a staggering 986bhp.
Power on tracks:
Like the SF90 Stradale, the SF90 Spider also has AWD, which has raised the bar for standing starts to unparalleled new speeds: 0-100 kmph in 2.5 seconds, and being a super-car, it also does a 0-200 km/h in 7.0 seconds. The mechanical layout adopted by the Maranello engineers has allowed them to further advance the car’s dynamic control system. The latter, now referred to as the eSSC, verifies the car’s dynamic status in real-time. Based on that information, it controls vehicle stability by delivering torque independently via the front electric engines to the inside and outside wheel (Torque Vectoring), significantly improving traction coming out of corners.
From an aerodynamic perspective, the result of the development process is an extreme design which, with a maximum of 390kg of downforce at 250 kmph, that sets the absolute benchmark in terms of both downforce and aerodynamic efficiency for road cars in the range without aerodynamic appendages. The most important aspect of the design is the V8, which is still clearly visible through the engine bay cover despite the inclusion of the RHT stowage. The V8 thus remains the star of the show and very much on display whether the RHT is deployed or retracted.
Being a perfect track machine, the Ferrari SF90 Spider is inspired by “eyes on the road, hands on the steering wheel” philosophy, which can be seen inside the cabin, that has a new steering wheel with a touchpad that allows drivers to control virtually every aspect of the car without moving their hands. The central instrument cluster is now entirely digital with a 16-inch curved HD screen, which can be fully configured and controlled using the controls on the steering wheel. On the central tunnel, the automatic gearbox controls are now actioned by a grille-style feature that references Ferrari’s glorious and iconic manual gearshift gate.
The unlimited head-room:
Like all Prancing Horse spiders, the Ferrari SF90 Spider sports a retractable hardtop, which guarantees optimal noise insulation and protection from the elements when deployed, does not deform at high speeds and provides exceptional occupant space and comfort. The RHT can be actioned in just 14 seconds and can be deployed when the car is on the move. The key to the success of the Ferrari RHT is that it takes up just 100 liters of space rather than the 150-200 liters required by a traditional system. The use of aluminum in its construction also means that it is around 40 kg lighter than a conventional retractable hardtop. An adjustable electric rear window guarantees superb occupant comfort even at high speeds when the RHT is lowered.
As is the case with the SF90 Stradale, the Ferrari SF90 Spider is also available with a list of exclusive upgrades that set it apart from the standard car, not least Multimatic shock absorbers derived from the Prancing Horse’s GT racing experience and optimized for track use. Others include the adoption of high-performance materials (such as carbon-fibre and titanium) that have shaved 21 kg off the car’s weight, a carbon-fibre rear spoiler, and road-homologated Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres designed to improve track performance in the dry, thanks to a softer compound and fewer grooves.
The exclusive benefit:
Just like other Ferraris, the carmaker’s first hybrid with a retractable hardtop comes with a seven-year maintenance plan. The service program includes regular maintenance (at intervals of either 20,000 km or once a year with no mileage restrictions), original spares, and meticulous checks by staff trained directly at the Ferrari Training Centre in Maranello using the most modern diagnostic tools. The service is available on all markets worldwide and from all Dealerships on the Official Dealership Network. The Genuine Maintenance Programme further extends the wide range of after-sales services offered by Ferrari to meet the needs of clients wishing to preserve the performance and excellence that are the signatures of all cars built in Maranello.