Introducing The Highly Anticipated Ferrari Purosangue
There is no SUV in the new Italian car, according to the manufacturer.
A luxury SUV would turn Enzo Ferrari in his grave, according to Ferrari's design chief Flavio Manzoni in 2015. In its 75-year history, Ferrari has yet to unveil a four-door, four-seater car until now. It's the Purosangue, the company's first four-door, four-seater.
A vehicle that looks like an SUV, drives like an SUV, and sounds like an SUV is probably an SUV, isn't it? That's wrong. When compared with contemporary GT archetypes (crossovers and SUVs), Ferrari's new Purosangue sports a totally different layout and proportions.
Rather than promoting the Purosangue as a sports car, the luxury car manufacturer is touting it as a luxury sedan. "We don't call it an SUV. The topic is not even SUVs,” Ferrari's chief executive officer Benedetto Vigna emphasized.
Despite these claims, it's hard to deny that the vehicle does seem suspiciously similar to an SUV, albeit much lower to the ground than its competitors. The Purosangue does have impressive specs, such as reaching 62mph in 3.3 seconds; it is more like a sports car than a sedan. For comparison, the Aston Martin DBX 707 is the same size.
The Purosangue's engine, however, is perhaps its most impressive feature. With a 6.5-litre V-12 engine developing 716 Nm at 6250 rpm, the car is fitted with a new engine. Also, the 812 Competizione features independent rear-wheel steering and can deliver 80% torque even at low revs of just 2,100 rpm.
The bodyshells here aren't recycled either. The chassis is made from high-strength aluminium alloy, with a lightweight carbon-fiber roof. Ferrari has created everything from scratch. Consequently, the luxury car manufacturer was able to install a roomy 473-liter boot and new rear-hinged electric rear doors on the Purosangue.
This is strictly a four-seater, so there is no middle seat bench in the spacious cabin. Four heated electric seats are covered in creamy leather. Ferrari uses recycled polyester for the roof lining and reclaimed fishing net polyamide for the carpet, keeping the environment in mind. Also available is an extra-durable fabric that is used on military uniforms, a floor made from high-strength fibers.
In addition to Nero Purosangue, which has been developed with special pigments that give off a scarlet glow when viewed in the right light, the vehicle will be available in 24 colors starting at $390,000.