- Here’s what we’ve come to expect from the new Ferrari SUV, which will be called the Purosangue.
- It will have a hybrid powertrain, possibly using a V-12 engine or a lesser optional twin-turbo V-8.
- Production of the Ferrari SUV is expected to begin this year, with deliveries starting in 2023.
Those buying the top of the SUV performance pyramid — like a Lamborghini Urus or an Aston Martin DBX 707 — might want to wait and see what Ferrari does. So will legions of Prancing Horse fans, whether they’re excited or ready to storm the factory gates in anticipation of a Ferrari SUV. The wait is coming to an end: Ferrari has announced that the Purosangue (Italian for “thoroughbred”) will enter production later this year, with deliveries expected to begin in 2023.
Enzo Ferrari has long opposed the idea of a four-door Ferrari, with former boss Sergio Marchionne saying “you should shoot first” when asked about the prospect of Ferrari’s SUV. Enzo had been gone for decades and Marchionne passed away (of natural causes) in 2018 – the same year Ferrari announced its intentions for the SUV.
Ferrari’s existing front-engine platform is being adapted to the SUV mold. This means that a rear transaxle is likely to be used, while a possible electric front axle, such as in the SF90, is not guaranteed for a hybrid powertrain.Ferrari strongly hints that it will use new V-12 engine, and the twin-turbo V-8 might as well. Regardless of the cylinder count, if Ferrari wants to have the fastest utility vehicle – you know – it has to deliver a top speed of 189 mph over the Urus and the 193 mph DBX 707.
Rumors are circulating about rear-hinged rear doors — what Rolls-Royce calls suicide doors or coach doors — and a greenhouse without B-pillars. To make it clear this is a Ferrari SUV, there’s a badge on the hood and a horse prancing through the grille. A Purosangue found at the factory has a Scuderia badge on the fenders. To get the extra badge, all an owner needs is a red satin jacket with a prancing horse on the back.
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