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The Ferrari Purosangue has already gained a ton of limelight for being the Italian sportscar specialist's first-ever SUV.
Legacy is a powerful tool to mark your supremacy. If you are a successor carrying a rich legacy, the responsibility to carry it carefully and the expectations of carving the bettered version become sky-high. And when you are someone who believes in doing things differently, the eyes of the whole world are upon you. The Ferrari Purosangue is one such successor, which carries an expectation of carrying the iconic legacy of Ferrari as a maker of desirable, fast cars, but in a different form which was unheard of in the history of Ferrari to date – an SUV.
Yes, the Purosangue is a Ferrari SUV – the Italian carmaker's first-ever take on a high-riding vehicle. And no, a ‘Ferrari SUV’ isn’t an oxymoron, but an inevitable reality, which is finally going to break covers in September 2022. Being a Ferrari SUV, all the eyes of the world will be on the Purosangue. The name suggests it will be a thoroughbred Ferrari trying to head the carmaker’s traditions in a new genre (‘Purosangue’ literally means thoroughbred in Italian’).
We have some details related to the Ferrari Purosangue, including those revealed by Ferrari itself at its Capital Markets Day event on June 16th. Here’s how the Purosangue can lead an all-new direction in the legacy of Ferrari, and in addition, become the ultimate powerhouse of an SUV in terms of performance and driving dynamics.
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The world of supercar and luxury makers is gradually ditching the idea of using pure V12 engines for their offerings. Not long ago, Lamborghini also bid goodbye to the 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 with the Aventador Ultimae, the final edition of the flagship supercar. Is Ferrari doing the same? Certainly not, at least for the time being.
The Ferrari Purosangue will be powered by a naturally-aspirated V12 engine, thus keeping the legacy of V12s still alive when the world is shifting toward electric mobility in full swing. Currently, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, the flagship road-spec offering from Ferrari, is powered by a 6.5-liter V12, which generates 789 hp of maximum power and 530 lb-ft of peak torque output. Will the Purosangue get the same powertrain or a different one? Only time will tell. But if it gets the same, it will break the record of Aston Martin DBX 707 as the world's most powerful IC-engine SUV. For the record, the DBX 707 gets a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 capable of making earth-shattering 700 hp of maximum power.
Traditional sports car makers like Aston Martin and Lamborghini have done fantastic jobs in retaining the driving feel and thrills of a sportscar in their respective SUVs. People have similar expectations from Ferrari Purosangue. And if the words of Benedetto Vigna, CEO of Ferrari, are anything to go by, it will fulfill those expectations.
At Ferrari’s Capital Markets Day event, Vigna claimed that the test drives of Purosangue conducted around the hills of Maranello, he has concluded that the SUV feels like a proper sportscar. He has driven the test mules of Purosangue a few times and feels it is a 100 percent Ferrari in all parameters.
The test mules of Ferrari Purosangue spied in the recent past confirm that the Purosangue will have a smooth and aerodynamic design with not-so-high ground clearance. This design and stance might not make the Purosangue a traditional high-riding SUV. See the other sports SUVs as examples, and you will get the drill. It will help the Purosangue attain exceptional stability at faster speeds and around corners, something people expect from a Ferrari. And with the V12 engine in action, it can become the best SUV with the best 'behind-the-steering-wheel' experience.
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On March 23rd, Ferrari released a teaser image hinting how the front profile of Purosangue will turn out in reality. Hidden in a shade of darkness, the red-colored vehicle in the image has a well-sculpted bonnet with a hump in the middle. This curvaceous bonnet ends up at a slim-looking front grille, which stretches across the width of the front till the C-shaped housings for the sleek daytime running LEDs. The image also hinted toward the lower front profile, which will get a massive air dam for air intake with a "prancing horse" logo in the middle.
All these official details relate to the mystery model from Ferrari seen for the first time in February, which confirms that it is the all-new Purosangue. This silver-colored Ferrari Purosangue was at what appeared to be a factory assembly line. It had elements like lower-positioned sleek headlamps on the front bumper below C-shaped housings on the bonnet. Other details of this four-door model are a rounded roofline, curved shoulder lines, and five-spoke alloy wheels. Towards the rear, it has a sloping rear windscreen, a fastback tail above a short rear overhang, a massive black rear diffuser, and a quad exhaust pipe setup with two outlets on either side. In all likelihood, all these elements will be present in the production-spec model.
For Purosangue, Ferrari is following an all-new approach of "eyes on the road, hands on the wheel", which it will retain for the other GT models in the future. The Purosangue will have more features that are more usable even from the perspective of co-passengers, given that it will be a four-door, four-seater vehicle. It is a formula that Lamborghini has successfully executed with the Urus, which has become a more family-oriented vehicle without compromising on the sportscar essence. As a welcoming change, the new Ferrari Purosangue might have a new full-TFT instrument console, new head-up display, new infotainment system with all wireless connectivity options, and new cabin controls.
With a V12 engine and aerodynamic design, the Ferrari Purosangue is already showing its intentions to become the new benchmark of fast sports SUVs. And that showcases that this new thoroughbred will push forward the legacy with all honesty. And as the great William Shakespeare once said – no legacy is so rich as honesty.
Hailing from India, Jeo has grown up dreaming about a red-colored Porsche 911. This fascination led him to study more about cars and their functionality in his automotive engineering days from the past. His passion for writing about cars directed him towards blogging, which he has been doing for almost a decade.