Ferrari has officially presented the Purosangue to the world, arguably the coolest super SUV to come to market since the segment kicked off less than a decade ago.
This is because Ferrari’s first-ever SUV sports a naturally-aspirated V12, suicide doors, and four individual seats.
Ferrari’s new four-seater employs the manufacturer’s famous F140IA 6.5-litre, naturally-aspirated, V12 powerplant generating a monstrous 533kW and 716Nm, “more power than any other car in the crossover segment,” said the company.
Paired up with an eight-speed “oil-bath” dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the powertrain delivers drive to both axles through a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with four-wheel steering.
The SUV further sees an active suspension system distributing weight 49% to the nose and 51% to the tail to achieve “handling and performance completely unprecedented in a car of this size and shape.”
This cutting-edge equipment enables the Purosangue to do jaw-dropping feats:
- 0-100km/h – 3.3 seconds
- 0-200km/h – 10.6 seconds
- Top speed – 310km/h
- 100-0km/h – 32.8 metres
- 200-0km/h – 129 metres
Naturally, a model-specific exhaust system serves to deliver the signature V12 scream the Italian carmaker is so loved for, and 22-inch wheels at the front with 23s at the back round off an aggressive exterior design.
Standing 4,973mm long, 2,028mm wide, and 1,589mm tall, the SUV also comes in at a comparatively lightweight 2,033kg with no fluids in the motor.
The Purosangue’s design was inspired by the company’s GT cars with its long nose and raked roofline.
It doesn’t have a front grille, but rather a “dihedral” in the lower front bumper in between two gaping air intakes which house the cameras and parking sensors.
At each side of the bonnet also sits thin LED daytime running lights sneakily hiding functional air intakes which mould into the upper flanks.
The tail lights are reminiscent of those on its smaller sibling, the 296 GTB, the huge rear diffuser makes way for four exhaust outlets, and the carbon fibre roof helps keep the centre of gravity as low as possible.
The Purosangue’s interior then marks the first time a Ferrari has had four separate, independently-adjustable seats, each one also being heated. These seats are replicates of those at the front meaning no occupants will slide around during more spirited driving sessions.
Moreover, the SUV shows off a new dual-cockpit cabin design bringing two 10.25-inch screens on the dash, one for the driver which displays the typical info you’d find on an instrument cluster such as speeds and performance modes, and one for the front passenger so that they can also “participate in the driving experience,” said Ferrari.
Another big focal point during the development of the four-door was sustainability, as 85% of the launch specification has been sustainably produced including the fabric rooflining and Alcantara, which are both made from recycled polyester, as well as the lush carpets which came from recycled fishing nets.
Finally, this Ferrari probably has the best party trick of any super SUV on the market right now, the rear-hinged suicide doors with hidden handles that lend it a much more unique look than just about anything in its segment.
The starting price of €390,000 (R6.8 million) also makes the Purosangue much pricier than its biggest challengers, though we suspect this won’t be too big of an issue for its patrons.
Deliveries for the new prancing horse will begin throughout the latter half of 2023.
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