Every automaker finds ways to improve on their vehicles after their release, which is why we see tweaks and mid-cycle refreshes on every model. Ferrari is no different and many of its models often see more hard core variants a few years after their initial launch. That won’t change with the SF90 Stradale, which was originally introduced in 2019 as Ferrari’s first production plug-in hybrid. Our spy photographers recently caught the SF90 Versione Speciale testing with its production body, revealing some of the tweaks the Italian automaker will be making to its electrified supercar.
Expected to arrive sometime in late 2023, the SF90 Versione Speciale will likely be the model’s swan song, similar to the Ferrari 812 Competizione that bid farewell to the 812 Superfast. Although the prototype is wearing heavy camouflage, it’s hard not to notice the S-Duct hood that’s also found on the Ferrari 488 Pista. It appears the exhaust system has received some tweaks, while other body changes include wider door sills and a modified rear window.
Given the amount of camouflage being used on the front end, it’s likely Ferrari has a few more changes in mind to accompany the S-Duct design. Expect a focus on increasing downforce and improving aerodynamics on the SF90 Versione Speciale, further evident by the rear spoiler. It’s currently unclear if the electrified powertrain will see any tweaks. The standard SF90 Stradale features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and a trio of electric motors — two up front and one in the rear — to generate a combined system output of 986 horsepower. We’re willing to bet Ferrari will find a way to eclipse the 1,000-hp mark with the Versione Speciale.
If Ferrari sticks to tradition, the Versione Speciale treatment should reach the SF90 Spider anywhere from six months to a year after the coupe makes its debut. That will likely mark the end of the SF90’s run as it focuses on future models including a replacement for the LaFerrari. The Italian automaker previously announced it plans to launch 15 new products between 2023 and 2026, including an all-electric model in 2025.