Ferrari have killed the GTC4 Lusso as the Purosangue SUV looks set to replace it
The sole four-seater Ferrari
Just last week, Ferrari announced its plan of discontinuing its four-seater grand-tourer pair of the GTC4 Lusso and Lusso T. And that leaves a massive hole in the Italian carmaker’s line-up. At the moment, Ferrari doesn’t have a single four-seater offering, and if someone points towards the Portofino or the Roma, they either consider infants as adults or like to saw off people’s legs.
Now, for the unaware, modern Ferrari models are said to have a shelf-life of just five years. This entails, the Modena-based company is most likely to launch a successor every half a decade. The GTC4 Lusso itself was launched in 2016; five years post the introduction of the Ferrari FF: the predecessor to the Lusso.
With no direct replacement announced for the GTC4 Lusso, Ferrari seems to be ditching the shooting brake body form altogether and hitching onto the booming SUV segment. For the first time in the Italian carmaker’s history, an SUV will be rolling out of the Maranello factory, and it is this car that will fill the four-seater void for Ferrari’s next half a decade.
Christened the Purosangue, this first-of-a-kind-Ferrari SUV is said to debut in 2021. Reports claim this SUV will be based on the same platform as the newly launched Roma grand-tourer. It could even house the same 612hp 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the two-seater sports car while borrowing the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 hybrid from the SF90 Stradale as a top-spec option. Or could the inclusion of the flagship V12 engine option be the party-piece for the Purosangue? Only time will tell. Further reports claim the SUV could arrive as a two-door coupe unit in a bid to stay true to its heritage. However, the same has not been confirmed by the manufacturer.
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When launched, the Ferrari Purosangue will have to go up against the high-profile super-SUV segment comprising of Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga and Aston Martin DBX. Even though the prancing horse is super late to arrive at the party (remember the Bentayga is already five years old and three for Urus), it is expected to come with all guns blazing, possibly a hybrid V8 or even the flagship V12 and at least four proper seats.