The most powerful Ferraris ever made

The 1,000hp SF90 Stradale has claimed the title of most powerful road-going Ferrari from the LaFerrari of 2013. To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up the mightiest production prancing horses, all with 600hp or more. Fasten your seatbelts…

Ferrari Portofino

The drop-top Portofino, which replaced the California T, is an ‘entry-level’ Ferrari that still packs 600hp. The remainder of the range exists in the high-performance hinterland between here and the 1,000hp Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

The 605hp 458 Speciale dragged the mid-engined Berlinetta kicking (and most definitely screaming) into the 600hp club. The last naturally-aspirated Ferrari V8, it was a glorious 9,000rpm send-off – succeeded by the twin-turbo 488 GTB. Just 998 Speciales were produced, including the open Aperta version.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

If a V12 feels unnecessary in your family Ferrari, the GTC4Lusso T is the cheaper, slightly softer alternative to the full-fat Lusso further up the list. It’s still no slouch, with 610hp going to the rear wheels.

Ferrari 599 GTB

The fruits of the Enzo project (spoiler alert: it’s next in this list) were still being sown four years after its debut. Complete with the same God-summoning soundtrack, the 599 debuted in 2006, with 620hp from its 6.0-litre V12.

Ferrari Enzo

The fact that the Enzo pre-dates any subsequent car here by eight years or more shows just what a hammer-blow its 660hp V12 was in 2002. Its performance was as dramatic as its angular aesthetic. In the history of Ferrari, the Enzo is doubly significant, as its 6.0-litre F140 (B) engine was the basis for all subsequent Ferrari V12s – including those in the GTC4Lusso and 812 Superfast.

Ferrari FF

The FF was a controversial beast upon its arrival. While the 612 Scaglietti it replaced wasn’t a classic beauty, was a four-wheel-drive shooting brake a step too far? Most concerns were quashed as soon as it fired up. A guttural V12 soundtrack borrowed from the GTO turned those raised eyebrows into slackened jaws. With 660hp, its output matches the Enzo. How’s that for nine years of progress?

Ferrari 488 GTB

When the 488 GTB arrived in 2015, it brought turbos and lots of torque. With 670hp, it matched the 599 GTO of five years before, and with a 3.9-litre engine. A 488 Spider was available, too.

Ferrari 599 GTO

The GTO was a watershed moment for production Ferraris when it arrived in 2010. Away went the gravelly snarl that harked back to the Enzo. In its place came a howl more akin to a 1990s Ferrari F1 car. Little did we know that exotic shriek would become the signature sound of Ferrari V12s.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Ferrari’s most relaxed product, a four-seat GT car, still has an Enzo-baiting 680hp V12. Even though power goes to all four wheels, it will break traction with ease. A formidable cross-continental tourer.

Ferrari 488 Pista

When Ferrari debuted its twin-turbo V8, it claimed there was potential for horsepower figures into the 700s. The track-prepped 488 Pista realised that potential with a McLaren-matching 720hp. The Pista Spider offers open-air thrills to match the Pista’s track-prepped skills.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

With the introduction of the F8 Tributo, the mainstream mid-engined Berlinetta is officially a 700hp+ car. Yes, the Pista wasn’t technically limited, but it’s not exactly a series-production car either. The new F8 offers Pista-level power in standard showroom spec.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

The F12 Berlinetta caused quite a stir when it arrived back in 2012. Here was a car that anyone could buy, that wasn’t limited, that could comfortably trundle down the shops, and that had 740hp on tap. This figure eclipsed the hypercars of just a few years before, trouncing the million-pound Pagani Huayra and carbon-tubbed Lamborghini Aventador. ‘Is this too much?’, we all asked at the time. Ferrari didn’t seem to think so…

Ferrari F12 TdF

The final F12 was the stupendous TdF. Because what the F12 needed was more power, right? The 780hp TdF had rear-wheel-steering for the first time in a Ferrari, yet it was famously skittish on a damp road.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

The Superfast does what it says on the tin; its 6.5-litre V12 makes a round 800hp. It’s a GT at heart, though, so it packs a few more luxuries and a decent boot, weighing a few hundred kilograms more than cars further up this list.

Ferrari LaFerrari

When Ferrari unveils a new flagship, the world stands still. Nothing changed with the near-1,000hp LaFerrari back in 2013, although there were a few giggles at that name. A 2.4-second 0-62mph time was claimed, with a top speed of 217mph. It generates 963hp via a 6.3-litre V12 mated to a hybrid powertrain. It’s this technology that the new car advances still further in the pursuit of power.

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

The open-topped version of Ferrari’s flagship for the 2010s, the LaFerrari Aperta was actually rather a late arrival: three years after the coupe in 2016. We can’t argue with wanting to get closer to those 963 horses (of which 800 come from the V12). It’s more than twice as rare as the coupe, too, with just 210 produced.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

After three generations, Ferrari’s latest hypercar swaps a V12 for a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 with 780hp. Not since the F40 has the head of the Maranello stable had eight cylinders instead of 12. Nevertheless, the addition of three electric motors makes for 1,000hp in total – and comfortably the most powerful Ferrari on the road. With electric power to the front wheels making it all-wheel-drive, Ferrari’s first 4WD supercar is consummately rapid. Full figures haven’t been published yet, but Ferrari claims 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds and 0-124mph in 6.7 seconds – quicker than a McLaren Senna.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The cabin of the SF90 brings a welcome breath of fresh air to Ferrari interiors. A re-designed wheel controls 80 percent of cabin functionality. That, along with the world-first curved, shaped, 16-inch fully digital dashboard joins what is overall a more slick interior design. This sets the precedent for all future Ferrari cabins, so we’re told.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

It’s not quite a LaFerrari successor, though. Even though it finishes 64 metres ahead of that car over a single lap of Fiorano. The SF90 will cost less than a LaFerrari, but more than an 812 Superfast. We anticipate a six-figure price beginning with a ‘5’ in the UK, for what we reckon is one of Ferrari’s best-looking supercars of the last decade.