Ferrari breaks the mould with V12 Purosangue SUV

Ferrari breaks the mould with V12 Purosangue SUV

First four-door, four-seat Ferrari trumps Lamborghini Urus at 715bhp, £390k


FERRARI PUROSANGUE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW


The most controversial Ferrari ever. Just don’tcall it an SUV…

It’s a mid-engined715bhp V12 (phew!)

The Purosangue is the most radical Ferrari yet, as the first four-seat four-door model to be graced by the Prancing Horse. Although its proportions and functionality are unprecedented for Ferrari, it has retained some of the brand’s fundamental features, having a front-mid-mounted V12 and being claimed to be “a true sports car”.


Shape and details were designed with aerodynamics in mind

Ferrari breaks the mould with V12 Purosangue SUV


Ferrari breaks the mould with V12 Purosangue SUV

Enrico Galliera, Ferrari’s marketing and commercial chief, said: “We believe it’s a game-changer. It has the performance of a sports car with the comfort and versatility of a less extreme car. For us, the strategy was to develop a sports car in a different segment.”

While Ferrari has a long history with 2+2 cars, most recently with the Roma, this is the first time a four-door model with four fully sized seats has made production. The only previous four-door badged as a Ferrari was a Pininfarina-designed concept car of 1980, named the Pinin, which company founder Enzo Ferrari reportedly liked but never signed off.

Ferrari refuses to describe the Purosangue as an SUV, but the car’s proportions and functionality are very much intended for this segment – one in which Ferrari until now has been markedly absent while rivals such as Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Porsche have forged ahead to capitalise on the ever-growing worldwide popularity of SUVs.

The Purosangue is 4973mm long, 2028mm wide and 1589mm tall (compared with 5112mm, 2016mm and 1638mm for the Lamborghini Urus). Along with its 185mm of ground clearance, that puts it very much in SUV territory. It is also four-wheel drive.


Ferrari breaks the mould with V12 Purosangue SUV


V12 PERFORMANCE

Ferrari has held true to its heritage, employing its revered V12 in the Purosangue.

The naturally aspirated 12-cylinder engine is a heavily reworked version of that used in the 812 Superfast, with a 65deg angle between cylinder banks, a 6.5-litre capacity, a dry sump and high-pressure direct fuel injection.

It has been developed for the Purosangue to ensure that maximum torque is available at lower revs to counter the extra weight of an SUV while not losing the linear power typical of Ferrari’s V12s.

The engine is mounted behind the front axle, while the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox sits at the rear, creating a sporty transaxle layout. This helps deliver the 49:51 front-to-rear weight distribution that Ferrari engineers deem optimum for a front-mid-engined sports car.


Ferrari breaks the mould with V12 Purosangue SUV

The Purosangue becomes the most powerful SUV on sale, with its maximum power of 715bhp arriving at 7750rpm and its torque peaking at 528lb ft at 6250rpm. In line with Ferrari’s claim that the Purosangue is a “true sports car”, it achieves the benchmark sprint of 0-62mph in just 3.3sec and 0-124mph in 10.6sec. Galliera said there were many discussions about which powertrain to use, but he believed the V12 was the right one: “It’s the most iconic engine in the company.

We’re looking for extreme performance combined with comfort. And for as long as customers have been asking for this car, they’ve been asking for us to keep the history of Ferrari, and that is the V12.”

At the Purosangue’s unveiling in Italy, Ferrari declined to talk about other powertrain options, but it’s also expected to use either the V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain of the 296 GTB or the V8 equivalent from the SF90 Stradale in future electrified guises.

The Purosangue’s new platform, which Ferrari said was created from scratch, is designed to cater primarily for a V12, but adapting it for other powertrains would “not be very hard”, according to product boss Gianmaria Fulgenzi.

The platform consists of aluminium alloy in its lower structure, while the car has a carbonfibre roof as standard to reduce weight and lower its centre of gravity.

The result is a platform that’s lighter than previous four-seat Ferraris’, despite being larger overall.


Ferrari breaks the mould with V12 Purosangue SUV


SPORTS CAR DYNAMICS

The different shape of the Purosangue created “a completely new challenge” for Ferrari’s aerodynamics team. No drag coefficient figure has been released yet, but the Purosangue has been designed to create a smooth flow of air over its front surfaces, has integrated louvres in its ‘floating’ wheelarch trims and at the rear uses a suspended spoiler and a nolder on the lip of the boot. The SUV gets the same dynamic control systems as many of Ferrari’s sports cars, including independent four-wheel steering and ‘ABS Evo’, with a six-way chassis dynamic sensor.

Ferrari’s new active suspension system, developed with Multimatic, makes its debut on the Purosangue. It’s intended to control body roll in corners as well as the contact patches over bumps to deliver the same performance and handling as Ferrari sports cars. Inside the Purosangue, the layout is intended to reflect a “sporty lounge”.

The cockpit heavily resembles that in the SF90 Stradale, using a 10.2in display, while the seating position is still low, intended to convey a sports car feel for the driver. Access to the first fullsized, adjustable rear seats in Ferrari’s history is via rearhinged doors, while naturally the boot is the biggest the firm has offered to date, at 487 litres, compared with 320 litres in the 812 Superfast.


Ferrari breaks the mould with V12 Purosangue SUV

Ferrari has abandoned built-in sat-nav altogether, instead relying on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility to fill that void. Galliera explained: “Whatever nav system we put in our car, it will never be more updated or advanced than one on a phone.”

While SUVs now account for a large share of many rival firms’ sales volumes, Ferrari is adamant that the Purosangue will retain its exclusivity and never take more than 20% of the brand’s total sales.

Already this year, Ferrari is on track to sell more cars than ever before – easily topping 12,000. So once Purosangue sales are up to full speed, expect it to account for no more than 2500 units per year. The Purosangue is likely to be priced from around £390,000 – substantially more than any of its obvious rivals. UK deliveries will start next summer, a few months after the left-hand-drive versions.

Design blurs the lines between SUV and grand tourer. Front passenger gets own digital cockpit; air-con dial is retained.Instruments and infotainment share screen behind wheel. Reducing weight and lowering centre of gravity were key

The socalled ‘welcome doors’, which are rear-hinged, help egress and ingress to the rear seats, given the Purosangue’s short wheelbase. The B-pillars had to stay for rigidity, to the disappointment of the car’s designers.

Ferrari first started sketching the Purosangue in 2017. Originally there were three models in contention. These were made up into full-size models, and ultimately what we see here won the contest.


HOW THE FERRARI SUV COMPARES WITH THE FERRARI GT

  • Purosangue / 812 Superfast
  • Price £390,000 (est) / £253,000 (new)
  • Engine V12, 6496cc, petrol V12, 6496cc, petrol
  • Power 715bhp at 7750rpm / 789bhp at 8500rpm
  • Torque 528lb ft at 6250rpm / 530lb ft at 7000rpm
  • Kerb weight 2033kg (with lightweight options) / 1630kg
  • 0-62mph 3.3sec / 2.9sec
  • Top speed More than 193mph / 211mph

Shape and details were designed with aerodynamics in mind. V12 engine from 812 Superfast has been adapted for heavier car.


Drives-today testers on the prospect of a Ferrari SUV

STEVE CROPLEY

The thing that has always struck me about Ferrari is how extremely successful it has been at making its new models feel different from rivals: special steering feel, special sounds, special responses from the foot controls, even special seats. When we first saw the FF, a very different car from the others in the range at the time, it was readily apparent just how much it still felt like a Ferrari. So I would back Ferrari to keep its family character feel, even in a vehicle of a brand new format. Chuck in the good parts of crossoverdom – space, comfort, convenience and easy access – and I’m pretty confident that we’re looking at an extremely good car. Especially since latecomer Ferrari will have learned much from the experiences and the mistakes of others.

RICHARD LANE

As much as I hesitate to admit it, the concept of a GTC4 Lusso on stilts, only with far better rear-seat access and luggage space, isn’t exactly lacking in appeal, especially for those who will actually tour in the thing. After all, riding high is intrinsically comforting, and if Aston Martin can make the DBX 707 so dynamically well sorted, you have to imagine that Ferrari can at least hit the same heights. Expect the Purosangue to feel supremely light on its toes, agile and balanced. How well the atmospheric V12 will suit it, though, I’m not so sure.

MATT PRIOR

Owners of Ferrari FFs and GTC4 Lussos tend to love them and use them a great deal. The Purosangue should lift that usability yet another notch and, I suspect, significantly increase the 3000-mile average that most modern Ferraris cover each year. Chief engineer Raffaele de Simone said Ferrari resisted making an SUV/crossover/whatever “until it could be a genuine Ferrari”. I guess we’ll see.

MATT SAUNDERS

Ferrari has been very confident about the design compromise of the Purosangue: that its customers will instinctively recognise the car as an SUV, even though it looks little like its rivals. I’m not so sure, but the ultimate test will be how much more usable those customers find the car than a typical Ferrari GT. If the Purosangue is spacious, comfy, versatile and inviting, and can entertain and excite like a true modern Ferrari sports car as well, how many of us could fail to see the appeal? That won’t be an easy brief to meet – but clearly we should expect this car to both look and drive like a breed of its own.

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