2024 MotorTrend New Car Buyer's Guide: Ferrari - Lucid


SF90 XX STRADALE Drawing from its XX racing-program heritage, this new SF90 roadgoing variant is the most potent production car Ferrari has ever built. Compared to the base SF90, the XX Stradale features more total system horsepower from its already bonkers 986-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 and three-motor combo—we’re now talking 1,015 hp here. Slight changes were made to the engine’s internals to help achieve the performance gain. Ferrari engineers also reversed the layout of the medium-temperature radiator that cools the electrical components in an effort to aid efficiency.

Another big aid in making this car quicker around racetracks is its rear wing, and this is the first time Ferrari has affixed one to a road car since the heyday F50. While a performance advantage for XX-series track cars, it was a somewhat thorny issue—the design team strove to make something that doesn’t look tacked on and tacky. The wing is just one element of a cornucopia of race-bred aerodynamic improvements that effectively double the base SF90’s maximum downforce. The underlying car also shed about 20 pounds, though the addition of the wing and other elements offset that improvement. The SF90 XX Stradale also features a redesigned rear end, a “Qualifying” push-button power-boost mode, an upgraded eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox with improved shift logic, and the 2.0 version of Ferrari’s Dynamic Enhancement driver aids. All 599 SF90 XX Spiders and 799 coupes are spoken for, with the Spider starting around $927,000 and the Coupe ringing in at $840,000. U.S. deliveries begin late next year.

PUROSANGUE It seems like we’ve been writing about Ferrari’s “upcoming” SUV—even though the company refuses to call it an SUV—forever. Well, it’s finally here and landing in buyers’ hands late this year. Of course, there’s certainly no shortage of luxury performance SUVs on the market, but there’s an obvious reason to shell out approximately $400,000 (or more, depending on equipment) for the Purosangue: It’s the only one with a V-12, let alone a screaming Ferrari V-12. It makes 715 hp and 528 lb-ft of torque, good for propelling the Purosangue to 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds despite its hefty 2.5-ton curb weight.

Along with the engine hardware, the model boasts rear-wheel steering, carbon-ceramic brakes, all-wheel drive, adaptive suspension, a rear-mounted eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the unwavering sensation it can handle any dynamic situation you reasonably throw at it while laughing—sorry, singing—all the way. Is it a real Ferrari? Yes it is, and in the milliseconds between gear shifts, you hear the faintest noise of haters being torn to shreds.

ROMA The Roma Spider arrives in early 2024 in soft-top-convertible form. It will ultimately replace the Portofino M in the lineup. Ferrari will continue to sell the Roma coupe.

CARRYOVER 296 GTB/GTS, 812 GTS, 812 Comp/Comp A, F8 Spider, SF90 Stradale/Spider

DISCONTINUED Portofino M (some remaining availability in 2024)


500e The adorable electric Fiat 500e is coming back to America in 2024. Hopefully it’s better than the distressingly bad previous attempt introduced in 2013; that car was perhaps most famous for then Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne telling the public, “don’t buy it” because the company lost $14,000 on each one. It was created solely to comply with California’s EV mandates, and its most redeeming quality was that it allowed solo drivers access to the HOV lane.

The latest version made its North American debut at the 2022 L.A. auto show as a stylish city EV. Final pricing and details are not available, but the tiny hatchback should cover about 150 miles with a 24.0-kWh battery or 200 with the optional 42.0-kWh pack. This is Fiat’s second attempt in as many decades to re-establish a beachhead in the U.S. The small EV may ultimately have the cheeky personality and Italian soul its predecessor lacked, but will that be enough?





BRONCO SPORT The New Free Wheeling special edition is a tribute to the Bronco Free Wheeling package in the ’70s with its rainbow stripes. A Black Appearance package on Big Bend models adds, you guessed it, black graphics and badges.

The stalwart three-row SUV gets a midcycle refresh with a larger grille, headlights pushed to the

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