Stradale is the first Ferrari sports car to be equipped with four-wheel-drive, which results in accelerations of up to 100 km in 2.5 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 340 km/h. Handout.

Ferrari’s new SF90 Stradale is sleek and exquisitely balanced — a beautiful design only expected of a Ferrari.

What’s more groundbreaking is the technology found under the hood.

As the Prancing Horse’s first ever PHEV or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, the SF90 Stradale delivers unprecedented performance for a production car, Channel News Asia (CNA) reported.

Its 4.0-litre turbocharged 90-degree V8 engine pumps out an impressive 780 hp, the highest power output of any Ferrari eight-cylinder unit ever. It is delivered to the rear wheels via a new eight-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission.

There are also two electric motors on the front axle, while a third is located between the engine and gearbox, the report said.

Combine the F1-derived trio’s 220 hp and the V8’s 780 hp and that’s a total of 1,000 hp. With its weight-to-power ratio of 1.57 kg/hp and 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h, for the first time in Ferrari’s history, you’ve got a V8 that’s a top-of-the-range model.

If that sounds a bit too much to handle, don’t worry, it’s not — at least for a supercar.

Combine the F1-derived trio’s 220 hp and the V8’s 780 hp and that’s a total of 1,000 hp. Handout.

Using the steering wheel-mounted selector, there are four power convenient unit modes: eDrive (in pure electric mode and front-wheel-driven), Hybrid (the default setting when the car is turned on); Performance (which keeps the engine running to charge the battery for instant power and more driving fun); and Qualify (where the electric motors work at their highest potential of 162kW for maximum performance).

Once a driving mode is selected, the sophisticated control logic takes over to seamlessly manage the flow of power between the petrol engine, the electric motors and the batteries, the report said.

The 1,570kg SF90 Stradale is the first Ferrari sports car to be equipped with four-wheel-drive, which results in accelerations of up to 100 km in 2.5 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 340 km/h.

Inside, the SF90 Stradale features a futuristic-looking, F1-style cockpit. Inspired by aeronautics and employing all-digital technology with an updated Human Machine Interface, the central instrument cluster uses a single 16-inch digital HD screen.

It’s a Ferrari first for a production car, and when the engine and motors are switch off, the onboard instruments go black. And, as in a Ferrari F1 car, all the necessary dynamic controls are found on the steering wheel, the report said.

Breathtaking styling, breakthrough technology and eye-popping performance – it’s a combo that makes the SF90 Stradale stand out.

According to media reports, the SF90 Stradale MSRP will start at about US$1.2 million.

. Inspired by aeronautics and employing all-digital technology with an updated Human Machine Interface, the central instrument cluster uses a single 16-inch digital HD screen. Handout.

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