It’s been a long time since we first heard rumours that Ferrari was working on an SUV, and since then we’ve been keeping our eyes out for hints at what the Maranello company has in store for the industry. Now the Purosangue has finally been released, and we’ve been told by the marque that it’s not an SUV, despite it looking like an SUV with an SUV body, an SUV layout, and filling the SUV-sized space in the Ferrari lineup. Right…
Being the first Ferrari with four doors and four seats, the company has doubled down on that as the car’s only description. Again, it’s not an SUV. Trust me. This… four-door four-seater vehicle… has an almost perfect weight distribution front to rear thanks to a “unique 4×4 transmission” and the fact its 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 is shoved as far back into the cabin as possible.
Talking of the engine, it produces a significant 715 horsepower and 528 lb-ft of torque, and its bloodline can be traced all the way back to the V12 that powered the iconic Enzo. It can propel the car to 62mph in just 3.3 seconds, and will hit 193mph if you keep your foot in it. It’s safe to say that Ferrari isn’t playing about, throwing numbers and buzzwords at us left right and centre to take our mind off the obvious.
The front corners wield 398mm brake discs while the rears are 380mm, and can stop the car in just 129 metres from 124mph. Stopping from 62mph takes only 12.8 metres. Sat above the brakes is active suspension which controls body roll.
Okay, so these numbers are looking pretty good. It’s certainly not the fastest in its class and it won’t be the most practical, but it’s a more utilitarian car with a Ferrari badge, which I suppose kind of makes it cool? With 473 litres of space for your kids’ sports kit, it will do the school run rapidly while sounding like the heavens are opening, and the rear doors open from the front Need for Speed-style, but the price is something to cough at.
It will cost €390,000, making it more expensive than the popular Lamborghini Urus by over €130,000, and is more expensive than Britain’s Bentley Bentayga Speed. Of course, customers who want to buy the Purosangue won’t even look at the price tag, but I feel a little disappointed.
Anticlimax of the year?