Ferrari unveiled the ferocious SF90 Stradale in conjunction with the opening of the revamped Ferrari Petaling Jaya showroom.

Naza Italia has finally introduced the Ferrari SF90 Stradale in Malaysia, the carmaker’s first series-production plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). This marks a new, electric chapter in the Prancing Horse’s history, and the SF90 super sports car is blazing towards it with no holds barred.

The Ferrari SF90 was officially unveiled in conjunction with the opening of the newly renovated Ferrari Petaling Jaa showroom. The super car takes its name from the 90th anniversary of the foundation of Scuderia Ferrari, and “Stradale”, meaning “road” to spotlight the link that has always existed between Ferrari’s track and road cars.

Unparalleled performance

Powering the Ferrari SF90 is a 4.0-litre turbocharged 90-degree V8 engine. It’s fitted to three electric motors, with one at the rear axle between the engine and the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and two on the front axle forming the RAC-e torque vectoring system, a.k.a the “electronic cornering set-up regulator”.

The system roars out 1000 hp, with the internal-combustion engine producing 780 hp and 800 Nm of torque – making it not only the Italian marque’s most powerful V8 engine ever made, but also marks the first time a V8 engine is used on a top-of-the-range model.

Weight management is another significant feature in designing the Ferrari SF90, as it achieves a weight-to-power ratio of 1.57 kg/hp. The car boasts a top speed of 340 km/h, and easily propels from 0-100 km/h in an astounding 2.5 seconds, and 0-200 km/h in 6.7 seconds.

The exterior

Since the Ferrari SF90 Stradale boasts a powertrain that’s able to generate temperatures of nearly 900°C, the exterior design of the car greatly focuses on management of the aerodynamic flows, namely on the radiating masses within the sports car itself.

An important innovation to note is the new shut-off Gurney, a patented active system located within the rear wing. It works to help regulate the airflow over the upper body, while reducing drag at high speeds with low lateral dynamics. This system also aids in increasing downforce during corners, when braking, and sudden change in direction.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale comes fitted with 20-inch forged wheels that also act as wing profiles, designed in a way that manages the flows inside the wheel arch in order to generate extra downforce at the front axle. According to Ferrari, the car is able to generate up to 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h.

The overall design of the SF90 Stradale also steers away from the classic mid-rear-engined sports berlinetta proportions, and instead adopts inspiration from Ferrari’s recent super cars, such as a smaller front section and more forward position of the cockpit. This helps to reduce drag without compromising comfort.

Mastering the machine

The inside of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale heavily focuses on the marque’s new “eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” philosophy. It features a new steering wheel that welcomes various haptic touch buttons, which allow the driver to control virtually every aspect of the car with just their thumbs.

Nestled behind the wheel is the new 16-inch curved digital instrument cluster, which can also be fully controlled via the touchpads and haptic buttons on the steering wheel. There isn’t a central infotainment display in sight, aside from a small screen with the speedometer display.

Now onto the nitty gritty – the pricetag of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. Before taxes, duties, insurance, and customisation options, you can expect to shell out RM1,908,000. For more information, visit the new Ferrari Petaling Jaya showroom or visit the Naza Italia website.

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