Ferrari Purosangue finally revealed and it gets a V12
We have seen the excitement around many car launches. And with this excitement comes countless rumours, spy shots, and speculations. But none of them may come close to the dust kicked up by the latest Ferrari on the block, the Ferrari Purosangue. This first-ever four-door, four-seater Ferrari comes with a V12 breathing under its hood.
Let us clear the elephant in the room first. Yes, the Purosangue is to Ferrari what Cayenne is to Porsche. The Cayenne SUV helped Porsche skyrocket its sales like SUVs normally do for any brand in this day and age. But Ferrari does not mention the word “SUV” or “Off-roader” anywhere when it comes to the Purosangue. For them, it is yet another proper Ferrari, despite the new approach.
The design of the Ferrari Purosangue is unmistakably Ferrari. Instead of littering it with SUV-specific design elements, Ferrari chose to use a striking sports car design that is tuned for the high-off-the-ground stance of the Purosangue. The highlight of the design though will be the suicide doors at the rear. They open up to 79 degrees, making ingress and egress easier. The elegant design will be the key element that attracts most buyers. And for those, who need a Ferrari, the Purosangue ticks all the boxes in the design department.
Instead of focusing heavily on practicality inside, Ferrari chose to forgo a bit of that in a bid to make it aesthetically pleasing and sporty. The rear seats for example are two separate bucket units. If you need your Ferrari Purosangue to be a 5-seater, you are out of luck. The interior does not yield much space when pitted against other super-luxury SUVs.
Let us now get down to business, and talk about the real “Ferrari” bits of the Purosangue. Opening the hood reveals a glorious 6.5-litre V12 nestled deep into the engine bay, close to the firewall for near-perfect weight distribution. There is no turbocharged wizardry here. Just some good old naturally aspirated Ferrari 12-pot that makes an epic noise. With the noise, it also produces 715 hp and the same amount of torque in Nm. 80% of this torque comes right from 2,100 rpm and the peak power comes out at 7,750 rpm. The redline is at a quite high 8,250 rpm, which on paper, looks promising.
Handling all this power is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. To round it all off, the Ferrari Purosangue also gets an all-wheel-drive system. This system sends power exclusively to the rear if the transmission slots into anything above the fourth gear, or if the vehicle goes beyond 200 kph. With all this under its belt, the Ferrari Purosangue can go from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.3 seconds. The top speed is 309 kph.
On the suspension front, Ferrari joins hands with Canadian firm Multimatic to use its True Active Spool valve (TASV) technology. This system utilizes four different electric actuators on each damper to control it. This helps the suspension adjust quickly and control the wheel motion as well as the ride height. Stabilizer bars are absent, handing over the pitch and roll management duties to these actuators.
Ferrari Purosangue is an offering from Ferrari that may end up outselling all their sports car models. At least, that is what we can infer from the history of SUVs made by sports car companies. After Porsche, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Aston Martin, Ferrari reserves a seat on this SUV train with the Purosangue. With a V12 under its hood, a striking design, and suicide doors, the Purosangue may just be the Ferrari that most people want.
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