New 2023 Ferrari SF90 Stradale spied testing

Ferrari’s working on something special based on the SF90 and its complex triple e-motor hybrid system

New details have emerged of Ferrari’s forthcoming SF90 Stradale, spied with a bespoke body and aero as it continues its test programme ahead of its 2023 launch. We’ve known that an upgrade package for the SF90 has been in the works for a while now, but this is the first indication of the extent to which Ferrari plans to go with its hybrid supercar.

Spotted on this latest prototype is a redesigned rear end which appears longer than the regular SF90. Its rear spoiler is larger even than the extended unit seen on the Assetto Fiorano model, and is paired with a new 296 GTB-inspired rear light design.

Under the new lights sit similar high-mounted exhaust outlets, with reshaped diffuser sections mounted beneath the rear bumper. This will likely be twinned with an active wing element hidden somewhere under the cladding.

There is also a new sill that protrudes further into the airflow, and while it might just be covered in this particular prototype, the letterbox-thin rear windscreen is also conspicuously absent. 

The front of the forthcoming SF90 remains well disguised at this stage of testing, but within its mesh openings is a new and more complex front bumper, with a larger inlet, larger slip-vents that extend down from the c-shaped headlight openings and a more ornate splitter with yet more aero management. 

It’s expected that the newest model in the SF90 range will have an updated version of the existing hybrid powertrain, which pairs a twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8 with two electric motors that each power a front wheel. Both front motors are rated at 133bhp and 83lb ft per motor, and are combined with a further 99bhp electric motor sandwiched between the engine and eight-speed DCT, adding a total of 217bhp to the 986bhp total. 

If those numbers don’t quite add up, it’s because while the electric motors are capable of producing those numbers, the SF90’s electrical system and battery is only able to contribute a maximum of 217bhp to the powertrain’s total at any given time – it’s expected thiw more powerful SF90 will add to the current car’s outputs by a considerable margin. 

Alongside the upgraded hardware on the front axle, it is also expected that upgrades will be made to the SF90’s lithium-ion battery pack, which is situated as a transversely-mounted bar between the front seats and the mid-mounted V8. 

Ferrari has not confirmed specifics about the new model on record, but we expect to see the new model in the summer of 2023 to coincide with the company’s return to Le Mans with a price that won’t give you much change from £500-750,000. 

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