Ferrari has unveiled its first four-door, four-seater car, the Purosangue, which translates to “thotoughbred” in Italian. Ferrari’s new Purosangue is a departure from the traditional sports car aesthetic, with a taller and more spacious design package. Despite being referred to as an SUV by the press, Ferrari asserts it is not an SUV and instead falls into a new vehicle category, FUV – Ferrari Utility Vehicle.
Ferrari’s Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Enrico Galliera, has stated that the Purosangue represents the “most capable ever product range from Ferrari,” combining the performance of a sports car with the comfort and versatility of an SUV. It is designed to be a sports car that can be used in a wide range of conditions, with its performance optimised for fast road usage.
One of the unique features of the Purosangue is its rear-hinged back doors, which are meant to make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle while also helping to reduce its overall length. The Purosangue also boasts impressive performance capabilities, with a top speed of over 192.6 mph and a 0-62 mph acceleration time of just 3.3 seconds. However, fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions have yet to be homologated and released.
The Ferrari Purosangue is similar in price and specification to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, another prestige SUV. It will go on sale in the UK in right-hand-drive form in the third quarter of 2023 at a whopping starting price of around £340,000. Putting that into perspective, that would buy you a Lamborghini Urus, a Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and leave you change for a small electric hatchback for your weekly run-around.
Ferrari has limited its production of the Purosangue to 20% of its total output during its lifespan, making it a highly exclusive vehicle. Demand for the Purosangue is expected to be high and will be offered first to existing Ferrari customers for deliveries in 2023/2024.
Ferrari Purosangue Design
The Ferrari Purosangue is a departure from the traditional red colour and sports car design of many Ferraris. Its compact size and pointy front end set it apart from the trend of larger, aggressively designed SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus, which shares the same platform with the Bentley Bentayga and Audi RSQ8. However, the Purosangue still maintains a sporty look with its curvaceous swoops and sharp front end. In addition, the particularly striking rear-hinged back doors create the illusion of ample space inside the car for rear-seat passengers. The electric-powered suicide doors provide a panoramic effect and are held together by a single massive hinge that disappears into the car’s haunches.
The “floating” wheel arches also contribute to the Purosangue’s unique design, giving the appearance of plastic body extensions that are commonly found on off-road vehicles. However, unlike these extensions, the wheel arches on the Purosangue are contained within the outer skin of the car. According to Ferrari’s Chief Designer, Flavio Manzoni, the Purosangue was designed to be a sports car with added comfort and versatility, rather than an SUV with performance added as an afterthought. The end result is a car that is immediately recognizable as a Ferrari, while still being a departure from the traditional sports car look. The Purosangue prioritises performance and agility while also offering added comfort and versatility.
Ferrari Purosangue Performance
Underneath the Purosangue’s sleek exterior is a multi-material platform that makes extensive use of aluminium and carbon fibre to help reduce overall weight. The Purosangue is equipped with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox that helps to optimize its performance. The gear ratios are closely stacked, providing quick acceleration and a sporty driving experience. The top (eighth) gear is taller, allowing for more relaxed cruising at higher speeds. This gearbox is designed to be efficient and responsive, ensuring that the Purosangue’s engine always operates at the optimal power output. In addition to its performance benefits, the dual-clutch design of the gearbox also helps to improve fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions.
The Purosangue’s weight distribution is nearly perfect, with 51% of the weight at the front and 49% at the rear. This is thanks in part to the placement of the V12 engine in the engine bay and the combination of the gearbox and back axle. The Purosangue is said to weigh “only” 2,033 kg without fluids and with all optional lightweight carbon fiber components, but the standard car with fluids weighs in at 2,180 kg.
One of the challenges of designing a taller car like the Purosangue is the higher center of gravity, which can lead to more roll through corners. To address this, the Purosangue is equipped with adaptive suspension that uses 48-volt actuators to respond to data from various sensors and maintain the optimal position of the car’s body. This not only improves comfort, but also enhances grip and handling by keeping the tires in optimal contact with the road.
In addition to its rear-wheel drive configuration, the Purosangue also has independent four-wheel drive capabilities that are engaged at speeds up to 125 mph or in low-grip situations. This drive is powered by a Power Transfer Unit (PTU) at the front of the V12 engine and a driveshaft that transfers power to the rear-mounted gearbox and wheels. While the Purosangue may not have the off-road capabilities of a traditional SUV, it is still capable of tackling wet roads, snow, and loose surfaces such as gravel roads.
Ferrari Purosangue Safety
In addition to its impressive performance and handling capabilities, the Purosangue also boasts a number of advanced safety and driver assistance features. These include adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, as well as the latest iteration of Ferrari’s dual-cockpit dashboard.