PUROSANGUE BY NAME, PUROSANGUE BY NATURE: THE LONG-AWAITED FERRARI SUV.
Unveiled yesterday and after a long-anticipated wait, is Ferrari’s first step into the Super SUV segment with the aptly named Purosangue. Translating to 'thoroughbred' in Italian its a true performance-focussed, luxury Ferrari that inhibits decades of accumulated knowledge in this sector. Four doors, four seats, a naturally aspirated 6.5L V12 engine and an unmistakably beautiful Ferrari cabin, the Purosangue really is a work of automotive art.
With styling cues, technology and engineering all captured from cars like the Roma, 296, SF90 and luxurious 812, this incredible car is in a class of its own and will certainly look to startle the competition from Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche, and Aston Martin. Interestingly however, Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna insists the Purosangue won’t be referred to as an SUV by Ferrari themselves – despite its ground clearance, four-wheel drive system and overall footprint. Its wheelbase is minutely different to that of the Lamborghini Urus.
The 6.5L Naturally Aspirated V12 engine offers a whopping 715BHP and 528 lb ft of torque and it sits as close to the bulkhead as possible, creating an almost mid-mounted set up. Along with its 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox being a rear transaxle unit, it cleverly helps yield a 49/51 front-to-rear weight balance. A great accolade to ensure size, luxury, performance, and practicality can work harmoniously for this Ferrari.
80% of torque is available at just 2,100 rpm and peak horsepower at 7,750 rpm, which means the notion of a linear performance curve is not compromised, and the Purosangue will perform similarly to other V12 GT cars in the brand’s line up. It’s estimated to complete the 0-62mph dash in 3.3 seconds and will continue on to a top speed of 192 mph.
The suicide doors on the Pursosangue (aided by a button for the rear doors, much like a Rolls Royce) are a beautiful spectacle and help heighten the sense of occasion and luxury that you’d expect to see on a car like this. Cabin design is top notch and right up to date with elegant and sophisticated lines and materials aplenty. It’s ergonomic, refined and built with all of Ferrari’s signature modern design language.
Prices for the Purosangue are set to start around £390,000 and for now there will just be the V12 engine option available. Expected in the future is a V6 Plug-In Hybrid powertrain found in the 296 GTB or possibly the V8 equivalent from the SF90 Stradale. First cars are expected to land in the UK next summer, and we can’t wait to see one up close.