Is Ferrari's latest creation the king of the supercars?
Ferrari just put the world on notice with the reveal of its new SF90 Stradale. This plug-in hybrid supercar is the most powerful Ferrari ever built, with a total of 986 horsepower coming from a mid-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 740 hp all on its own. The rest of the grunt comes from three electric motors - one in the rear and one on each of the two front wheels - combining to create an all-wheel-drive system.
With so much power and AWD grip, the SF90 takes just 2.6 seconds to hit 60 mph and 6.7 seconds to do 125 mph. Very few cars available today will be able to keep up with the Stradale. But to know for sure, we took a moment to see how it stacks up against some very important rivals.
We still don't know how much Ferrari will charge for the SF90 but its chief rival appears to be the $2.2 million McLaren Speedtail. Like the SF90, the Speedtail is a hybrid which produces a combined 1,035 hp (more than the Ferrari). McLaren didn't mention a 0-60 time for the car but it will hit 182 mph in just 12.8 seconds. We know the Speedtail will achieve a top speed of 250 mph, which will crush the SF90's maximum velocity of 211 mph. If the Ferrari is priced similarly to the McLaren, it seems like the McLaren will come out on top.
The Speedtail may be a more direct rival to the new SF90 but the McLaren Senna shouldn't be forgotten about. With a starting price of just over $1 million, the Senna is extremely expensive, though it may end up as a better value than the Ferrari. The Senna is slightly down on power with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 800 hp but the Senna only weighs 2,641 pounds, good enough for a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph (the same as the SF90). It will be interesting to see these two cars battle each other on a race track.
If someone is wealthy enough to buy a Ferrari SF90, they can likely afford a Bugatti Chiron as well. With 1,500 hp pouring out of an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine, the Chiron rockets to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds on its way to a 261 mph top speed. It is extremely expensive though, with a starting price of around $2.7 million, so the Ferrari may actually be the better value.
The Aventador SVJ is Lamborghini's most bonkers model but with a 6.5-liter V12 producing "only" 770 hp, we don't see how it can measure up to the Ferrari. 0-60 mph takes a scant 2.8 seconds but without any form of hybrid assist, the SVJ will likely be left in the dust by the Stradale. Pricing starts at $517,770 in the US, so it could be a lot less expensive than the Ferrari.
At some point, you should probably ask yourself - how much supercar do I really need? The SF90 looks like an incredible piece of engineering but for a fraction of the price, you could have an Acura NSX. An Acura will never provide the same level of prestige and attention as a Ferrari but for less than $160,000, the NSX offers the hybrid supercar experience at a budget price. It's no slouch either, with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and three electric motors churning out 573 hp and a sub-three-second 0-60 time. If you need a quicker can than that, you may be a bit crazy.
The GT2 RS is the most hardcore and extreme 911 currently on sale. It packs a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine dishing out 700 hp, good for a 0-60 mph time of just 2.7 seconds. Despite being down nearly 300 hp to the Ferrari, the Porsche is just 0.1 seconds off the 0-60 time and could very well keep up on a race track.
We still don't know what engine will power the highly-anticipated mid-engined Corvette but we assume the car will be extremely quick. It's doubtful that too many people will cross-shop a Ferrari and a Corvette but we are fairly certain the Chevy will be a tremendous bargain for the price.
We've learned not to take Elon Musk's words at face value but if the predictions for the upcoming Tesla Roadster are accurate, it will be a supercar killer. Tesla promises the Roadster will have 7,400 lb-ft of torque and a 620-mile range. It will also do 250 mph and hit 60 in just 1.9 seconds. But since the car doesn't exist yet, we'll give Ferrari the win (for now).