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New Ferrari Purosangue

First four-door Ferrari is 715bhp V12 super-SUV

The Purosangue is Ferrari’s inevitable entry into the SUV game, following huge luxury and sporty brands such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and Bentley.

The super-SUV has preserved some of the brand’s important characters, having a front-mid-mounted V12 and being claimed to be “a true sports car” (because Ferrari refuses to describe the Purosangue as an SUV).

Ferrari Purosangue 2023 front quarter static 

With 715bhp from its V12 the Purosangue becomes the most powerful SUV on sale, and can rocket to 0-62mph in just 3.3sec and go all the way up to 192mph.

The engine, which is set behind the front axle, is attached to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which sits at the rear, creating a sporty transaxle layout to help weight distribution at 49:51 front-to-rear.

The Ferrari’s Purosangue’s proportions and functionality are very much envisioned for the SUV sector. 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, it is also four-wheel drive.

Even with this Ferrari has remained true to its culture, using its naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 (with some modifications) in the Purosangue.

It has been developed to ensure that maximum torque is obtainable at lesser revs to counter the additional burden of weight, whilst not losing the linear power typical of Ferrari’s V12s.

Ferrari hasn’t hinted about other powertrain options, but expect the use of either the V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain of the 296 GTB or the V8 equivalent from the SF90 Stradale.

 Ferrari Purosangue 2023 side static high

The Purosangue’s new platform, which Ferrari created from scratch, consists of aluminium alloy in its lower structure, while the car has a carbon fibre roof as standard to reduce weight and lower its centre of gravity. This also makes the new platform lighter than previous four-seat Ferrari’s.

The shape of the Purosangue gave the Ferrari aerodynamics team a new test as no drag coefficient figure has been released yet, the Purosangue’s design has been created for a smooth air flow over its front surfaces, has integrated louvres in its ‘floating’ wheel arch trims and at the rear uses a suspended spoiler and a nolder on the lip of the boot.

The model benefits from the same dynamic control systems as other Ferrari sports cars, but adds a new active suspension system, developed with Multimatic, which is aimed at controlling body roll in corners as well as the contact patches over bumps to deliver the same performance and handling as Ferrari sports cars.

Ferrari Purosangue 2023 rear static 

The Interior of the Purosangue greatly resembles the inside of the SF90 Stradale, using a 10.2in display, and a low seating position, to intentionally deliver a sports car feel. Ferrari has discarded a built-in sat-nav, instead opting for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, because they say “Whatever nav system we put in our car, it will never be more updated or advanced than one on a phone.”

For the first time in Ferrari’s history, access to the full-sized, adjustable rear seats is via rear suicide doors, while the boot is the biggest the firm has offered to date, at 487 litres, compared with 320 litres in the 812 Superfast.

Ferrari Purosangue 2023 dashboard 

Ferrari is sure that the Purosangue will retain its exclusivity and never take more than 20% of the brand’s total sales, unlike other SUVs in model line ups that dominate the sales. The price of around £390,000 should ensure this as it is much more expensive than other rivals.

UK deliveries are expected to start next summer.

Ferrari Purosangue 2023 rear seats

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