Don't call it a SUV: Ferrari presents the Purosangue

So now there are four doors after all, plus four seats and four-wheel drive: Ferrari is breaking new ground - and the triple »four« is set to become a successful model. Its name: Purosangue, synonymous with »thoroughbred« in English. And that fits: Under the hood of perhaps the most practical Ferrari ever,725 horsepower are at work. A look at the car that shouldn't be called a crossover.
Text Marko Knab
Photo Ferrari

Ferrari is sure: with the Purosangue, they are backing the right horse. And the omens are not bad that the vehicle class of performance SUVs has a new benchmark. Even if Maranello speaks of a completely new vehicle class and avoids the terms crossover and SUV as much as possible. In the end, it doesn't really matter what exactly you see the Ferrari Purosangue as - after all, it's a real Ferrari. And that, after all, is more than enough.


The design

Fans of the »Cavallino Rampante« feel reminded of the Roma when they see it. And that's no coincidence: both are transaxle models and therefore share the same current design DNA with a long hood, sculpted fenders and a crisp rear end. The latter borrows from the 296 GTB and other models with a rear mid-engine. Its unique selling point, however, is the rear-hinged doors for the rear. Combined with the usual doors at the front, this creates a unique, counter-rotating opening mechanism. Otherwise, of course, aerodynamics dictate the shapes.

The powertrain:

What is there to write about a Ferrari V12 that hasn't already been written? Very little. We'll try anyway. With 725 hp, a bank angle of 64 degrees and 6.5 liters of displacement, lovers of Italian folk music once again get a whole opera orchestra at their side, unleashing its power on a transaxle transmission. The front wheels are also driven, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes 3.3 seconds and 10.6 seconds are needed for the 0 to 200 km/h sprint. Any questions?

The luxury:

For the first time, rear passengers in a production Ferrari can enter through their own doors - a real luxury for lovers of the brand. Also completely new: four individual seats and a relatively large amount of storage space. Compared with the uncompromising sports cars, the Purosangue also offers a higher seating position, a sophisticated Burmester music system and, on request, additional safety features such as an armored floor. But it is also sustainable: the Alcantara of the headliner is made from the recycled polyester of fishing nets. And if that doesn't reel you in when combined with the usual Ferrari values … then we just don't know what will.


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