Comparing the Ferrari SF90 Stradale PHEV vs. Next-gen Tesla Roadster
Ferrari has taken a baby step towards electrification with their latest production supercar, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) — with three electric motors (2 at the front, one at the rear axle) coupled with a V8 engine goes from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.5 secs while with a pure electric drivetrain the next-gen Tesla Roadster prototype does it in 2.1 secs.
Since Ferrari did not provide the 0-60 mph numbers, the comparison needs to be with 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h), according to the Tesla website the next-gen Roadster goes from 0-100 km/h in 2.1 secs, the 0-60 mph is 1.9 secs.
-The Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous holds the 0-60 mph record for a production car with 2.4 secs and it is sitting on the helm since the advent of the Ludicrous Mode back in 2016, of course, the best of the best and most powerful ICE drivetrains even combined with electric motors can’t beat pure electric Tesla Roadster’s 0.6 secs lead is beyond achievable without adapting to the next-gen supercar electrification.
The new Ferrari SF90 looks gorgeous from every angle but the Tesla Roadster also has beautiful edges and super aerodynamic design, compiled a photo gallery below with available press photos from both companies for a visual comparison.
You should be enthralled by the above Ferrari SF90 Stradale promo video but you still need to keep an eye on the numbers below, a detailed comparison table is also created with available specs from both luxury automakers.
Although the SF90 Stradale is a plug-in hybrid, it has a tiny 7.9 kWh battery-pack that delivers 162 kW (220 cv) of max power to the three electric motors, Next-gen Tesla Roadster also has three motors that power the wheels but it has a giant battery-pack that can deliver up to 600 miles (1,000 km) of range, yikes!
Ferrari is a Ferrari when it comes to the price, the SF90 Stradale is a $1 million dollar car vs. the 2020 Tesla Roadster which only costs $200,000 — even the Founder’s Series Roadster has a $250,000 price tag and most of these are going away for free for the referral program winners.
The million dollar Ferrari SF90 will still sell well because it’s brand value, customer loyalty, the looks and some enthusiasts only love the sound of the polluting engine, they will buy it without thinking twice about the rest of the planet and sustainability.
In a Top Gear episode from 2015, James May said that Ferrari is not interested in electric vehicles while presenting the hybrid LaFerrari, but looks like the times are changing and slowly the Italian Prancing Horse will have to embrace the fully electric drivetrain or face embarrassment by the next-gen Tesla Roadster on the race track at least.
Tesla Roadster vs. Ferrari SF90 Stradale Technical Specs Comparison
|Options / Features ↓||Next-gen Tesla Roadster||Ferrari SF90 Stradale|
|Type||Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)||Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)|
|Engine||Not Applicable||V8 – 90° – turbo – dry sump|
|Battery Capacity||200 kWh expected||7.9 kWh|
|All electric range||620 miles (1,000 km)||15 miles (25 km) using eDrive mode|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||2.1 sec||2.5 sec|
|Max Torque||10,000 Nm||800 Nm @ 6000 rpm|
|Top Speed||250 mph (400 km/h)||211 mph (340 km/h)|
|No. of Motors||3 (2 rear, 1 front)||3 (2 front, 1 rear)|
|Transmission||Single Speed Clutchless 10:1Reduction Gear||8-speed, F1 dual-clutch transmission|
|Founders Series/Special Edition||$250,000||N/A|
Ferrari defined the SF90’s electric motors in an official press-release (PDF) as:
The SF90 Stradale is equipped with three electric motors capable of generating a total of 220 cv (162 kW). A high performance Li-ion battery provides power to all three motors and guarantees a 25-kilometre range in all-electric eDrive mode, using just the front axle. When the internal combustion engine is turned off, the two independent front motors deliver a maximum speed of 135 km/h with longitudinal acceleration of ≤0.4 g. Reverse can only be used in eDrive mode which means the car can be manoeuvred at low speeds without using the V8. The front motors are integrated into the launch control strategy for maximum performance when accelerating.
Elon Musk just had a 1 on 1 interview with Ryan McCaffrey on his Ride the Lightning podcast and discussed the next-gen Tesla Roadster and said the Tesla supercar will outclass any Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren on the race track.
The above tech specs comparison of both supercars reflects Elon Musk’s statement, 10,000 Nm of Torque vs. 800 Nm, Tesla Roadster will simply eat the Ferrari SF90 on the race track, the top speed of the Roadster is also significantly high.
Let’s take a look at the visual comparison of both cars in the photo gallery below from different angles and an interior shot of both, Ferrari is still reluctant in installing a center touchscreen, maybe the fear of becoming a follower when you have led the world for so long.
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