The debut of a droptop version of Ferrari’s SF90 hybrid flagship should surprise absolutely no one—but, given how spectacular the hardtop SF90 was, the Spider should delight a great number of people indeed.
That convertible top, as you can readily tell from the pictures, is of the retractable, hard-shell sort. Naturally, Ferrari had its engineers think long and hard about how to make this system as compact and light as possible, and the resulting aluminum end affair can deploy in 14 seconds. (The Spider still gains over 200 pounds compared to the regular SF90—not that buyers will lose much sleep over that.) The team at Maranello also massaged the roof’s contours to optimize air flow towards the car’s rear, whose spoiler sports an automatically adjusting Gurney flap of which Ferrari’s quite proud.
That’s hardly the most exciting part of the SF90 Spider, though: That honor is reserved for the 986-hp hybrid powertrain. Three electric motors, one on each front axle and another between the engine and the eight-speed gearbox, contribute 220 horses to that total figure and sub in for a reverse gear. (The front two also double as a torque-vectoring system.) The remaining 766 hp is churned out by the familiar turbocharged, 3990-cc V-8 mounted amidships. That fuel-huffing power goes only to the rear wheels, but it’s still sufficient for a respectable 0–60 figure of 2.5 seconds.
For those who would like to turn their convertible up to 11, Ferrari’s offering the same Assetto Fiorano pack that’s available on the hard-roofed car. This option further tones the SF90 with carbon-fiber and titanium to shave 46 pounds and tricks out the running gear with track-tuned Multimatic shocks and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s. Naturally, this package comes with the option of some visual flair, seen in the two-tone livery below:
As you enjoy your open-air experience in Ferrari’s first-ever hybrid convertible, you’ll behold the same 16-inch digital instrument cluster that debuted in the non-Spider SF90. Fret not—it’s every bit as high-end as you’d expect, and we loved it in the hardtop model. Ferrari’s also made sure that extra aerodynamic elements in the Spider’s cockpit—namely, a trim section between the driver and passenger seats—keep wind noise to an appropriately luxurious minimum with the top down.
Though we expect the Spider to command a premium over the $511,000 hardtop SF90, Ferrari hasn’t released prices yet.