Ferrari’s lineup is slowly but steadily growing with each passing year, and will soon be nearly as diverse as those of numerous volume brands; at least when it comes to different body styles and different powertrain technologies usage. By fielding their very first plug-in hybrid SF90 Stradale, the Italians have broken a sort of a psychological barrier, and another one will follow when their very first Ferrari Purosangue SUV arrives in a year or so. The 2021 Ferrari lineup already promises to build upon the previous year’s results and we can’t wait to see what the Maranello-based company has stirred up for us.
Ferrari’s sales have reached a record high in 2018 with 9,251 vehicles delivered across the globe which is a 10-percent increase compared to 2017. At the same time, the supercar company has reported a profit growth of 46 percent to around $900 million, mostly driven by a surge in their V12 supercar’s sales, and more and more widespread customization among Ferrari buyers. Revenues, meanwhile, remained at a steady $3.85 billion. Sales of 12-cylinder models went up by 20 percent, while V8 sales rose by some 8 percent.
Apart from fielding their very first plug-in hybrid hypercar and their very first exotic SUV, Ferrari plans on introducing five all-new models by the end of this year (the SF90 Stradale included). This, in turn, is expected to yield a 3-percent growth in revenue which has remained flat going from 2017 into 2018.
Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri also stated the company will discontinue licensing agreements for all products that, I quote: “We do not deem to be in keeping with our brand equity.” Camillieri has also put in motion a plan to restore the F1 Scuderia team to its former glory by building a culture of stability like the one Scuderia has enjoyed under team boss Jean Todt, driver Michael Schumacher and engineer Ross Brawn. That, however, is an unrelated story.
Let’s now focus on what the Ferrari models have in store for us in 2021.
2021 SF90 Stradale
The first plug-in hybrid hypercar aims to spearhead the electrification revolution within the brand while simultaneously providing a new platform for further increases in performance and sales. The new halo car for the brand, the Stradale promises to become one of their best models ever made. It certainly is the most powerful to date, but more on that further down.
The 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale boasts an all-new platform largely based on aluminum and carbon fiber. Thanks to it, the hypercar weighs only 3,461 pounds after factoring in the electric powertrain’s 595 pounds. Its meticulous design isn’t only for show as Stradale’s aero kit has been carefully chiseled with downforce in mind. The hypercar produces up to 860 pounds of downforce at 155 mph which are delivered to the front via Vortex generators, a wing-section front bumper and two diffusers, and to the rear via a two-section suspended wing spoiler.
Inside, the new Ferrari is simple yet effective in terms of available tech. A 16-inch TFT digital gauge display is responsible for both the infotainment and delivering the driver information. In combination with a touch-sensitive steering wheel with plethora of buttons, it forms a new interface Ferrari likes to call the Human Machine Interface.
Power comes from a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 mill paired with a 7.9 kWh lithium-ion battery and three electric motors: one mounted at the transmission and one on each of front wheels. Together, they crank up 986 horsepower (exactly 1,000 metric hp) and 590 pound-feet of twist which are being routed to all four wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The SF90 Stradale will max out at 211 mph and should be able to conduct a quick 2.5-second gallop from 0 to 60 mph. This officially makes it the most production Ferrari ever made.
Since it’s not a limited series model, everyone with means of obtaining one will actually be free to do so. Of course, the Stradale is estimated to start from north of $600,000 with plenty of options to raise that already exorbitant price tag even further. A lightweight model is one such option thanks to the Assetto Fiorano pack which reduces the weight even further, although only by 66 pounds. The package adds a more aggressive rear wing and special blown forged wheels which act like rotor blades and help in further reducing the drag. The 2021 Ferrari SF Stradale will be initially limited to 2,000 copies, however, and the Italian company already has preferred customers in mind.
The latest Ferrari hypercar is an amalgam of latest technology and design that’s bound to revolutionize the exotic car market. It’s not only the most potent Ferrari created in company’s storied 80-year long history, but one of the most advanced vehicles money can buy at the moment. We expected nothing less.
2021 F8 Tributo
The 488 GTB replacement came out during MY 2020 and, if its predecessors taught us anything, is expected to remain in production until 2025. By then, however, the F8 Tributo will have evolved into a mightier version of itself but that’s a story for another time. The mid-engined V8 supercar already builds upon its predecessor’s mightiest iterations which is a natural order of things in Ferrari.
The new Ferrari Tributo resembles its predecessor in a number of ways, and also borrows a lot of its powertrain and engineering bits, but still manages to squeeze one or two classic Ferrari pieces like tail-lights and a louvered rear window from the iconic F40. Aerodynamics is off the charts, however, as the new model delivers 15 percent more downforce than the 488. This was made possible thanks to a 488 Pista-derived “S-duct” front which directs the air flow up and over the hood. Spoiler and rear diffuser are also more effective than they were in the 488, but otherwise, the F8 Tributo is still largely the same supercar as its predecessor.
Inside, the Ferrari F8 Tributo sports a completely overhauled interior with a new 7-inch touchscreen flanked by plethora of traditional switchgear. Rear visibility, as you might have expected, however, isn’t nearly as good as it used to be which also reminds us of the bygone era when supercars weren’t only incredibly tough to tame, but also correspondingly hard to get in and out of, or simply see out of.
Prices start from $275,580 for the coupe which is some $8,000 more than what its predecessor used to cost. The drop-top Spider variant will require more but Ferrari is yet to announce both its price and arrival date. We do know that its retractable hard top deploys in 14 seconds and can operate up to speeds of 28 mph.
Power comes from an improved Ferrari 488 engine which now delivers the same amount of ponies and torque as the track-focused Ferrari 488 Pista. In other words, its 3.9L twin-turbo V8 cranks up 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of twist. Weight savings from the Pista version are included as well as the improved mill features a lighter crankshaft, flywheel, and connecting rods, for almost 40 pounds in weight savings. All that’s enough for a 2.8 second gallop from 0 to 60 mph.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo might have recycled plenty of its predecessor’s parts but they all come from the most potent of its predecessor’s versions, and that makes it one of the best Ferrari models available at the moment. We can’t wait what the Italians have in store for us when the performance and/or track-oriented version comes out, but as mentioned above, that’s a story for another time.
All-new for 2020, the grand tourer builds upon the entry-level Ferrari Portofino on one hand, and marks a return to the roots of sorts by reminiscing classic Ferrari models from 1950s and 1960s. The gorgeous GT car is expected to arrive to showrooms sometime during 2020 (possibly as a 2021 model) with prices likely starting from the $225,000 mark or thereabouts. Of course, potential lucky Ferrari Roma owners will get a chance to customize their latest toys, further increasing the initial price tag.
One of the prettiest Ferrari cars in recent years gets 70 percents of all-new components compared to the Portofino, although it still rides on the same underpinnings as its entry-level counterpart. At the same time, the new car receives a completely overhauled interior with a vertical 8.4-inch touchscreen in the middle of the center stack and a 16-inch fully digital gauge cluster behind the wheel. Although it features two rear seats, don’t expect it to be comfortable for four grown ups. Being a grand tourer, the Roma also provides adaptive cruise control and a few other advanced safety systems that further ease the burden of long-distance trips.
The latest in the long line of Ferrari models draws power from a 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 mill which returns as much as 612 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the entry-level Portofino, the Roma provides some 20-odd ponies more thanks to new cam profiles and a new speed sensor. Power is diverted to the rear via an all-new for Ferrari 8-speed automatic transmission that made its debut in the SF90 Stradale hybrid. The GT is capable of hitting 60 mph from a standstill in 3.4 seconds on a route to the top speed of 198 mph.
There are still some details Ferrari wasn’t willing to disclose so we’ll have to bide our time before we get the full picture, but most about the all-new Roma is already out there and it looks great.
2021 Ferrari 812 GTS
With the latest addition of the GTS convertible for MY 2020, the grand tourer’s lineup is finally complete. The Ferrari 812 Superfast provides the ultimate GT experience of unparalleled capability and stunning beauty, and its convertible iteration raises that to another level. Not counting a few limited-edition models, it’s Ferrari’s first serial production front-engined V12 convertible in over 50 years.
The new Ferrari 812 GTS is based on the Superfast berlinetta and shares almost all of its design cues and underpinning elements. It does incorporate a wholly new rear end which accommodates its power-folding hard-top. Despite having a reworked rear, design remains basically unchanged even at the back. There’s another flap at the GTS’s rear diffuser which makes up for the loss of rear wheel arch air ducts.
Interior carries over in its entirety, however, as the new 812 GTS Spider also makes do without touchscreen distractions and advanced electronic safety gear. Materials are of the same quality, however, and that’s always a plus when Ferrari is concerned.
A 6.5L V12 carries over as well, and again provides up to 789 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. What’s more, the naturally aspirated beast redlines at a whopping 8,900 rpm and its exquisite exhaust note can now be thoroughly enjoyed without limitations imposed by the cabin. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox routes all that power to the rear. The top speed sits at 211 mph and it takes less than 3 seconds for the most powerful serial-production Spider car in the world to accelerate to 60 mph.
The Ferrari 812 GTS will likely go for around $350,000 or more considering its Superfast sports coupe counterpart starts from $335,000. Exact arrival date is yet to be confirmed by Ferrari as well as its price, so stay tuned for further info.
The entry-level Ferrari might not have been such an illustrious prospect throughout 1970s and 1980s when the likes of 208 GTB and GTS, 364 GT4, 400, 412, Mondial 8, and others occupied that position within the company’s range, but it’s a different story today. Heck, even the current entry-level Ferrari car’s predecessor, the California, wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms, but the Portofino obviously has no such issues.
Thing is; at $215,000, the Portofino can hardly be considered an entry-level car although it technically is. Design-wise, it’s as lovely as the next car (within the Ferrari range) and it’s available in both the coupe and drop-top forms. With no changes scheduled for 2021, the Portofino remains the same, although it’s nearing the end of its run.
Putting emphasis on comfort rather than on performance (although it still offers the latter in spades), the Portofino comes with a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment. It’s also covered in leather pretty much everywhere which is commendable for an “entry-level” car.
Power comes from the same 3.9L twin-turbo V8 found across most of the Ferrari range, but the Portofino’s unit generates “only” 591 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. That’s still enough for a blistering 3.5-second run to 60 mph from a standing start, and that’s a rather conservative figure from Ferrari considering how the heavier and less powerful California T which it replalced, managed to do the same in 3.3 seconds. Transmission remains a 7-speed dual-clutch and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
The Ferrari Portofino ticks all the boxes a Ferrari car should: it’s beautiful, powerful, and not overly attainable. It’s not the best car in any of supercar-related categories, but it’s far from being the worst either. Sometimes, a good balance is what makes a car great.
Company’s very first SUV is en route; there’s no doubt about it. Although it’ll probably only become available during MY 2022, the next best-selling Ferrari will apparently be presented at some point in 2021. Dubbed the FUV (Ferrari Utility Vehicle), we have little doubt it’ll become the most powerful and fastest SUV money can buy the instant it arrives. That date is, however, still a long way off, so details are stingy at best.
From design’s standpoint, there shouldn’t be too many surprises. As an ultra-luxury exotic performance SUV, you only need to take a glance at its rival the Lamborghini Urus and all will be made clear. The 2021 Ferrari Purosangue will ride on a revised version of the new platform that’s debuted with the Roma GT car, so it wouldn’t surprise us if it ends up borrowing a thing or two from Roma’s design as well.
The same can be expected on the inside but Ferrari will likely design a completely new interior for what’s expected to become their most important model in the future. Also, the Purosangue SUV will emphasize comfort and convenience over everything else, so expect top class materials, and much more convenience and safety features than the rest of Ferrari models offer.
Although the emphasis is expected to be put on comfort, that doesn’t mean the Purosangue will be mellow. Power will either come from a twin-turbo V8 or a powerful V12 mill with potentially hybridized powertrains arriving later on. Ferrari is still quiet, hence we can only speculate at the moment. Its soon to be arch rival Lamborghini Urus currently makes 641 horsepower so expect the Purosangue to at least surpass it. An all-wheel drive configuration will be mandatory but that’s already been seen in the FF and GTC4 Lusso.
The upcoming Purosangue’s price point is something we can only speculate upon at this moment but it probably won’t come for less than $350,000. Of course, future lucky owners will be given an opportunity to drive that price tag even further through numerous customization and extra equipment options.