In Ferrari’s product lineup, the “Versione Speciale” models are usually introduced towards the end of a particular model’s production cycle. The most recent example was the 812 Competizione in 2021, which marked the conclusion of the 812 Superfast’s production.
Having been on the market since 2019, it is expected that the special version of the SF90 Stradale will make its debut later this year. This timeline aligns with Ferrari’s usual practice of a five-year lifecycle for their models before undergoing significant updates or redesigns.
Rumors suggest that this hardcore SF90 variant will bear the name SF90 Le Mans or SF90 LM for short. There are even speculations that its unveiling will coincide with the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans, scheduled to take place on the weekend starting June 10. Ferrari will be making a return to the top level of competition after a fifty-year absence, fielding their 499P LMH race car.
The design cues of the 499P race car will heavily influence the aesthetics of the hardcore SF90. Several visible features on the latest prototype indicate this, such as the distinctive curvature of the car’s front end, the struts on the rear spoiler, and a unified light bar for the taillights.
Additionally, changes to the front hood’s vent design and beefier side skirts can be observed on the prototype, distinguishing it from the standard SF90 Stradale.
Aside from the aerodynamic enhancements, it is expected that the chassis will undergo some modifications, possibly accompanied by an increase in power output from the plug-in hybrid powertrain. The SF90 Stradale’s powertrain currently combines a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and three electric motors (two in the front, one in the rear). This setup, similar to those found in the Acura NSX, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Mercedes-Benz AMG One, delivers a combined output of 986 hp.
It is highly likely that the SF90 Spider, the open-top version of the SF90 Stradale, will also receive the Versione Speciale treatment. The convertible variant may arrive approximately six months to a year after the coupe’s launch, although there is a possibility of both models being unveiled simultaneously.
Ferrari is entering a busy period with the recent launch of the Purosangue SUV and plans for successors to the 812 Superfast and LaFerrari. Additionally, prototypes of an SF90 Stradale race car have been spotted, suggesting the development of a new customer racing program.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ferrari SF90 LM
What is the Ferrari SF90 LM (Versione Speciale)?
The Ferrari SF90 LM (Versione Speciale) is a hardcore variant of the SF90 Stradale supercar, featuring design cues inspired by the 499P LMH race car.
When is the expected release date for the Ferrari SF90 LM?
The release date for the Ferrari SF90 LM has not been officially announced yet. However, based on Ferrari’s typical product lifecycle, it is expected to arrive later this year.
What changes can we expect in the SF90 LM compared to the SF90 Stradale?
The SF90 LM is rumored to have several modifications, including design enhancements inspired by the 499P LMH race car. This includes changes to the car’s nose, rear spoiler struts, taillights, front hood vent design, and side skirts.
Will the SF90 Spider also receive the Versione Speciale treatment?
Yes, it is highly likely that the SF90 Spider, the convertible variant of the SF90 Stradale, will also receive the Versione Speciale treatment. However, the exact timing of its release may be slightly delayed compared to the coupe variant.
What is the powertrain of the SF90 Stradale and is there any expected increase in power for the SF90 LM?
The SF90 Stradale features a hybrid powertrain consisting of a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and three electric motors. It delivers a combined output of 986 horsepower. While there are speculations of a power increase in the SF90 LM, specific details have not been confirmed yet.
Are there any other exciting developments from Ferrari?
Yes, Ferrari has recently launched the Purosangue SUV and is also rumored to be working on successors to the 812 Superfast and LaFerrari models. Additionally, prototypes of an SF90 Stradale race car have been spotted, indicating the potential development of a new customer racing program.
More about Ferrari SF90 LM
- Ferrari Official Website
- Motor1 – Spy Shots of Ferrari SF90 LM
- Car and Driver – Ferrari SF90 Stradale Overview
- Road & Track – Ferrari 812 Competizione