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Ferrari drops the top to introduce SF90 Spider

Hybrid sports car is based on SF90 Stradale and features F1-derived powertrain technology

Ferrari has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid spider by turning the SF90 Stradale, which it says is its most powerful series-production supercar, into the SF90 Spider, a sports car with a retractable hardtop. 

“As the Prancing Horse’s first production plug-in hybrid spider, the SF90 Spider sets new performance and innovation benchmarks not only for the marque’s range, but for the entire sports car sector,” the Italian company claims. 

Ferrari SF90 Spider

“The new convertible has the same extreme supercar specification and record-breaking performance as the SF90 Stradale yet also adds further driving pleasure and versatility to the mix, thanks to latest iteration of Ferrari’s signature retractable hard top architecture.”

The company adds, “The RHT is so compact, simple and light, it can be actioned in just 14 seconds and can be deployed when the car is on the move.”

Ferrari introduced this retractable hardtop roof architecture on the 458 Spider in 2011 and the system “has been constantly evolved in the intervening years.” 

Ferrari says the roof now takes less room and is nearly 90 pounds lighter than other retractable hardtops. Ferrari’s system includes an adjustable electric rear window that can be deployed to calm airflow in the passenger compartment when the roof is lowered.

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While introducing the SF90 Spider, Ferrari also noted that the car can be equipped with the “Assetto Fiorano” pack that includes Multimatic shock absorbers “derived from the Ferrari’s GT racing experience and optimized for track use.” The pack also features carbon fiber and titanium components that reduce vehicle weight by nearly 50 pounds, as well as road-homologated Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for enhanced performance on the race track.

Ferrari SF90 Spider rear

The SF90 Spider is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that includes a 4.0-liter V8 engine, two front-mounted electric motors and one electric motor at the rear. The company said the system, which provides 780 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, is derived from its Formula 1 race car setup. 

Ferrari adds that the car can provide bursts of as much as 1,000 horsepower and claims 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds and top speed of 211 mph.

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The car can run in electric mode with front-wheel drive, in hybrid mode (rear-wheel drive) or in 4-wheel hybrid mode. 

Pricing was not announced.

For more information, visit the Ferrari website.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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