Ferrari launches SF90 XX Stradale and XX Spider

Ferrari has unveiled the SF90 XX Stradale and its Spider counterpart, the first in the XX range, with both based on the SF90 Stradale. To be limited to just 799 and 599 examples respectively, these V8-powered PHEVs represent the latest performance pinnacle.

Previously, the XX Programme represented extreme versions of Ferrari models that are not homologated for the road, but that can be driven at the very limit on the track. The most recent addition of which was the FXX-K EVO.

These two new models though are road-legal, a first for the XX initiative, and raise its already impressively exhilarating track and on-the-limit driving experience to new heights. We’re talking 757kW of performance here.

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That power comes thanks to a V8 internal combustion engine that is integrated with three electric motors, two independent on the front axle, and one located between the engine and gearbox at the rear. Specific software logic does the rest.

Radical new aerodynamics solutions, including a fixed rear spoiler – the first to appear on a road-going Ferrari since the days of the F50 also feature, with the package delivering an unparalleled 530kg of downforce at 250 km/h.

The same concept provides the inspiration for the SF90 XX Spider, with the same sophisticated aero solutions, as well as specifically developed cockpit air flows that guarantee superb occupant comfort with the top down.

It’s equipped with Ferrari’s acclaimed retractable hard top, which comprises aluminium panels and not only deploys and retracts in a mere 14 seconds, but can also be activated at speeds of up to 45km/h.

The SF90 XX Stradale’s soundtrack was also redesigned to become the ultimate encapsulation of the car’s racing soul, with richer sound via an optimised hot tube system that transmits the combustion pulsations into the cabin.

The use of innovative materials improved the acoustic clarity of the system makes for even edgier, more raucous harmonics as the engine takes in greater quantities of air to deliver the desired torque.

On the performance front, there’s four different power management modes, including eDrive (which turns of the V8 engine), Hybrid (which manages the power combination autonomously), Performance (where the V8 takes priority), and Qualifying.

This last mode sees the system unleashes its maximum power output, thanks to a control logic that prioritises performance, using the brand-new extra boost function. An 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox delivers it to the wheels, using the same logic as the Daytona SP3.

Torque vectoring and energy recovery under braking and lift-off are available in all modes, while the ABS EVO brake controller, which debuted on the 296 GTB also features here. 390mm-diameter rear discs also deliver exceptional stopping power.

Design wise, the SF90 XX Stradale is all track car, calibrated to ensure it can be homologated for road use. It incorporates the engineering principles that underpinned the standard version, and pushes them to new extremes.

Everything is larger, including the air intakes for the intercoolers, with the addition of two imposing lower wings on the front, and a new look rear end, including two central exhausts. Carbon-fibre elements stand out from bodywork colour elements all over the car.

Inside, there’s a genuine race focus, with carbon fibre and technical fabrics used for the door panels, tunnel and mats. The upper part of the dashboard is trimmed in Alcantara, while the lower part is trimmed in technical fabric.

The gear shift gate is now located centrally and more forward on the tunnel. The window lifters and the key compartment are on a secondary level. A specific racing seat with a visible carbon-fibre tubular structure and cushion supports is now used.

In the Spider, SF90 XX Spider, things are visibly different even to its performance sibling, with lower flying buttresses and a wrap-around windscreen. Carbon fibre roll-bars add to the look when the roof is down.

When the roof is up, the roll-bars seamlessly connect to and become one with the carbon fibre roof structure. Both cars are available to order now, with further details available from your local Ferrari dealer.

The 2023 Ferrari SF90 XX Stradale and Spider come also come with the car maker’s 7-year maintenance plan – which sees all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life covered.

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