You see that stunning render above? We better hope it looks like that because the prototype car that has been spied is wearing another Ferrari's shell. Ferrari confirmed Project Purosangue in late 2018 and it will compete with the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and the upcoming Aston Martin DBX. The Purosangue is set to arrive by 2022 and spy shots have already been taken, so here is an update on everything we know so far.
SUV Or Sedan?
Former Ferrari CEO Marchionne was against the idea of building a Ferrari SUV, whilst current CEO Camilleri is against having "SUV" and "Ferrari" in the same sentence. This is common amongst luxury brands, who prefer giving their vehicles a more exciting title. This is evident with the GTC4Lusso, where Ferrari does not call it a hatchback and Audi calls their RS7 a liftback.
It is confirmed that the Purosangue will have elevated ground clearance and is front-engined based upon the spy shots, where the prototype vehicle is wearing a GTC4Lusso's body as camouflage. Notice the space above the wheels.
Credit: The Drive
Ferrari make great looking cars without a doubt but unfortunately we are yet to see any prototype vehicles without the camouflage of the GTC4Lusso. We should expect to see more of the Purosangue by late 2019, in the meantime here is the most realistic render I could find. We should all hope it turns out to look like the cover photo rather than this 812 Superfast on stilts.
Performance & Engines
A V12 SUV? Don't count on it.
The F8 Tributo's 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 seems most likely as it will produce 710hp and 568 lb-ft / 770Nm of torque, all of which is plenty for an SUV.
Alternatively, Ferrari have an upcoming 2.9L twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid system that produces 723hp and almost 800 lb-ft of torque. I am positive they are not going to recreate a whole new engine for the Purosangue as they do not need to, nor have they announced such plans.
No direct information has been provided to say which engine it will receive but do expect AWD.
Pricing & Release
Ferrari have not provided any price figures, however they state that they are fine with arriving late to the SUV market as their Purosangue will be the best in the segment. In other words, they seem confident that they can charge a premium over their competitors. This seems justifiable since it will have a 700hp+ engine without a doubt, an advantage over the Urus' 641hp.
Expect a price the same or a smudge more than the Urus' $200,000 USD before options.
Thanks for reading, what do you think of the upcoming Ferrari Purosangue?
McLaren is the last mass-production supercar manufacturer left that has not built an SUV.
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