Ferrari has unveiled its first crossover. Purosangue can hardly be called a classic SUV, and the company is trying to distance itself from the concept of “SUV.” And there are several reasons for that.
You are partly right if you think this is a competitor to the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, or Aston Martin DBX. This is an expensive car that looks like an SUV. However, the Ferrari Purosangue differs from the classic SUV quite a lot.
For example, the ground clearance of the Purosangue does not exceed 183 mm. Many 2WD crossover hatchbacks have much higher ground clearance. For instance, Volvo S60 Cross Country or LADA XRay Cross has 210 and 215 mm, respectively.
Another point is the giant wheels, with relatively small arches, are not very good for driving on hard off-road. 22-inch 255/35 R22 J9.0 are installed at the front, and 23-inch 315/30 R23 J11.0 are installed at the rear. We have just a sizeable all-wheel drive car Ferrari. It can be attributed to a separate line, where there was only all-wheel drive shooting brakes Ferrari FF and GTC4 Lusso—or simply saying that this is the brand’s first five-door car.
The design echoes many modern Ferrari models. You can see references to the stunningly beautiful Rome or the spectacular SF90. This is especially evident in the front optics, which cannot be confused with any other brand.
The hood has aerodynamic slots that direct the airflow towards the doors:
Other aerodynamic tricks include slots in the bumper and arches that divert airflow from the wheels, as well as two rear wings mounted above and below the rear window:
The roof can be both transparent and classic. The latest version can be adorned with carbon, an optional finish not only for the top but also for the sills and arches.
Handles are placed only on the front doors – access for rear passengers opens with a button. The situation is similar for the exit for the driver and all passengers in general: there are no handles for opening the doors in the cabin. Probably, the company’s engineers decided to go this far, starting from the rear doors that open against the movement – it will be highly inconvenient to pull them by hand. So why not bring this experience to all entries?
The salon is interesting for several facts. For example, here is an almost symmetrical front panel:
What is interesting here is not symmetry but the fact that the driver does not have access to multimedia. Why they did this is not clear. Likely, the person sitting behind the wheel is not distracted from driving.
Even Ferrari decided to abandon the built-in navigation. The solution is unexpected in its logic: everything is in the smartphone. On the other hand, it is not clear where to hook this same smartphone. Some half solution.
The Burmester audio system is responsible for the multimedia sound. For the first time in a production car, a ribbon tweeter appeared. The engineers also isolated the subwoofer. It is claimed that this will make the bass clearer!
There are four separate bucket seats in the cabin. Interestingly, despite the shape of the seats and the elitism of the Ferrari Purosangue, they can be folded to transfer some long items in the trunk.
However, this will not help much: the initial trunk volume is 487 liters. Too small.
Even though it’s difficult to call the Ferrari Purosangue an SUV or a crossover, comparisons with the Urus and other expensive production crossovers are nevertheless apparent. For example, Purosangue received the most powerful engine ever in serial crossovers. This is a naturally aspirated V12 with a volume of 6.5 liters. It was borrowed from the Ferrari 812 Superfast.
The power of the power plant is 725 liters. At 716 Nm. 80% of the torque is already available at 2100 at a maximum of 8250 rpm.
Purosangue received an eight-speed preselective “robot.” The car accelerates from “hundreds” in 3.3 seconds to 200 in 10.6. According to the passport, the maximum speed is 311 km / h.
Four-wheel drive works similarly to the Ferrari FF: the engine drives all four wheels at speeds up to 200 km/h. Moreover, a separate gearbox is responsible for the front wheels. If this indicator is exceeded, only the back pair remains leading. This has a beneficial effect on dynamics, handling, and economy.
The car received an active suspension Ferrari Active Suspension Technology (FAST). Multimatic dampers help roll, and the suspension can lower the car another 10mm to lower the center of gravity.
With a weight distribution, the car is generally almost perfect: 49:51. The back is slightly heavier than the front.
Prices and Availability
The reality is that cars like the Ferrari Purosangue are becoming very popular. Urus showed us this, and Aston Martin DBX demonstrates this. Bentayga, Cullinan, and Cayenne are some of the most popular models from their manufacturers.
The same fate could be with Purosangue. However, Ferrari wants to continue to be explicitly associated with sports cars, so it will limit the release of this under-crossover (here, I emphasize that this is not a negative assessment of the vehicle). It will be produced in a circulation not exceeding 20% of the company’s total production capacity. Although even such numbers can make it the most famous Ferrari model.
The start of sales of the Ferrari Purosangue is scheduled for next spring. Prices have not yet been named, although some sources call the amount close to 400 thousand dollars.