Ferrari has just unveiled its first SUV or “FUV” (Ferrari Utility Vehicle) as they call it, the Purosangue. The car can be considered a transformation product of Ferrari (Lamborghini Urus has been in the fight for many years, coupled with the brilliant performance of the Porsche Cayenne).
The Purosangue has five doors, but it is a pure four-seater with two separate bucket seats in the rear. It also has an aluminum body that is heavily inspired by the Ferrari Roma. The front end and lights are recognizable from the sleek sports car. Ferrari’s first four-door car has so-called suicide doors in the back that open forward. Ferrari did not design the car not so SUV, but more like a high-riding station wagon, similar to the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
Ferrari retains a large speedometer with a few buttons and does away with the large central screen. Instead, the driver and front passenger each get their own screen. The car does not have its own navigation, but you can connect your phone to the car’s infotainment system. Unlike previous Ferrari models, the Purosangue does not use a lot of carbon fiber for decoration but instead uses a lot of leather to dress it up very luxuriously.
An extended hood allows the big 6.5-liter V12 engine to sit far back against the torpedo wall. The engine was redesigned to provide better downforce than sports cars. The engine displaces 6.5 liters and produces 725 hp and 716 Newton meters without a turbo. The engine transmits its power to a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that sits on the rear axle, but there is also a PTO at the front that drives the front wheels in the four lowest gears.
The Ferrari Purosangue reaches a top speed of 310 km/h and manages 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. This makes the car one of the fastest gasoline-powered four-seaters. The Purosangue also features something as unusual as an active electric suspension, the first time it has been used in a production road car. An electric motor mounted on the outside of the shock absorber ensures that the suspension is raised or lowered at lightning speed – even while the car is moving. This gives the car sporty handling characteristics despite a relatively high center of gravity.
As Ferrari’s first four-seater, the Purosangue has a starting price of about $390,000 and is obviously intended as an everyday car for Ferrari enthusiasts who already own a Ferrari for weekend cruising, as well as for other family-oriented buyers who crave a luxury Ferrari but need something more practical.