It is the fastest and most powerful Ferrari to date, and it has sold out within days after it was unveiled and before the price has been formally announced.
Ferraris first plug-in hybrid supercar – SF90 Stradale powered by three electric motors and a twin turbo V8 – has already sold out even before the final price is known.
A group of about 25 Australian VIP customers attended the disclosure earlier this week on a lavish event in Ferrari's home town of Maranello, Italy. It is believed that they all signed up for a car on the spot and sold the entire award for Australia.
It has not yet been confirmed how many Ferrari SF90 Stradales come to Australia the next few years – and who the buyers are – but CarAdvice has been told that each example will sell for more than $ 1 million when it is calculated expenses on the road.
It is estimated that luxury car tax represents more than $ 300,000 of the price; Buyers in Victoria and Queensland will pay even more after these states announced a one-dollar surcharge over $ 100,000.
In an unrivaled move – even for Ferrari – the entire production race was snatched up by loyal enthusiasts who anticipated the arrival of the company's first hybrid supercar and believe it will be a future classic.
Ferrari should not yet disclose the alleged fuel consumption because tests are still being carried out, but it is likely to be considered an "eco-car" according to Australia's Green Vehicle Guide criteria
With a claimed 0 to 100 km / t time of 2.5 seconds, SF90 Stradale is almost as fast as a Formula 1 car. It can sense 200 km / h at about the same time as it takes most performance cars to reach half the speed.
While few Australians want to afford one, electric car experts believe that the arrival of Ferraris first petrol-electric supercar will help reverse the perceptions of the technology.
"The halo effect of having a company that Ferrari introduces a plug-in hybrid car will definitely benefit the rest of the automotive industry," said Tim Washington, founder and CEO of Jet Charge, Australia's largest automotive charging station installer. 19659003] "To have Ferrari say this technology is a way to give our customers the most performance, and the fun is a signal to the rest of the market as electric cars run more than just the environment, they are the future of driving," he says.
Washington added that as more benefits and luxury cars switch to electric power, it will encourage more electric automotive ad options by consumers "." This only shows how skilled electric cars really are, "he said.
It's just one Handful of plug-in hybrids on sale in Australia The cheapest is the Hyundai Ioniq hatch and the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, both of which cost from $ 46,000.
BMW, Mercedes and Porsche also have a selection of petrol-electric sedans and SUVs. However, in relatively modest numbers.
Seen as a rock stone between petrol cars and clean electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids can normally carry up to 30 km alone before the petrol engine takes over.
Ferrari plug-in hybrid has an electric-only area of 25km before the V8 roars to life.
Of course, Ferrari owners must not wait for the battery to run before the V8 kicks in. Drivers who want to exploit the performance potential just need to wolf the throttle to get V8 to take over.
Unlike Ferrari's first advance to "mild hybrid" technology with its former flagship, LaFerrari – which only gave a modest electric boost instead of being able to run on electric power alone – the SP90 Stradale is the fastest and the most powerful Ferrari car to date.
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