The 2023 Ferrari Purosangue is the first-ever four-door sports car from Ferrari. The Purosangue is a name that literally means thoroughbred in Italian. Ferrari refuses to call it an SUV, and there is a good reason for this. Purosangue looks like an SUV in size, but in performance, it is still a sports car.
The reasons for calling this a sports car rather than an SUV are;
- The Aerodynamics – Its body is aerodynamically optimized to remain stable at higher speeds. The ducts and vents, on their surface, are all real and functional.
- The Engine – The 6.5-liter mid-front mounted engine supplies 80% of its torque at just 2100rpm with a maximum power of 715 HP. This is definitely not an SUV engine.
- Purosangue’s driving position is more imposing than that of other Ferraris.
- Ferrari Purosangue has an SUV-like appearance but its engine is mid-front mounted and the gearbox is placed at the rear of the car just like a sportscar.
- Purosangue has the latest vehicle dynamics control system from the most powerful and exclusive Ferraris. It has the independent four-wheel steering of the 812 Competizione and ABS ‘ Evo’ with the 6-way chassis dynamic sensor (6w-CDS) of the 296 GTB.
Ferrari Purosangue – Design
The four-door Ferrari is 4973 mm long, 2028 mm wide, and has a height of 1589 mm. With a wheelbase of 3018mm, it has overhangs of 1955mm. It has a dry weight of 2033 kg making it one the heaviest supercars. It has a fuel tank of capacity 100 liters. The supercar runs on 22-inch wheels on the front and slightly bigger 23-inches wheels on the rear. The tyres at the rear are also wider with 315/30 configuration as compared to 255/35 at the front.
Ferrari says the Purosangue sports car like the front mid-engine position and rear-mounted gearbox that enables 49 to 51 percent weight distribution, is one among many elements that make it very different from a current lot of high-performance SUVs. In appearance, Purosangue is not your typical Super SUV. Lower in its roof than the Lamborghini Urus, the Purosangue looks like a sports car on stilts. It’s the larger elements, shaped by the need to minimize drag and optimize airflow that defines the Purosangue’s look.
The front grille is missing. There is a split headlamp arrangement, with the upper LED DRLs flanked above and below by air vents with the main headlights positioned lower down amidst large air ducts. An aero bridge at the Bonnet edges like those seen on the F12 Berlinetta is a key part of the Aero package as well. You won’t find SUVs like upright pillars on a Purosangue. There is a glorious flow to the roof line and a slight visual connection to the SF90 Stradale in the tail lamps.
The back doors are hinged at the rear to make ingress and egress easier for passengers. This has helped Ferrari keep the car as compact as possible. The fully powered rear doors open to 73 degrees, allowing the easiest access to Ferrari’s back seats to date. Generally, the boot space of the supercars is not that big enough. However, this is not the case with Ferrari Purosangue. It has the largest boot space ever on a Ferrari, at 473 liters. The rear seats can be folded down to accommodate extra luggage.
The two individual rear seats are adjustable for position and backrest angles. They put passengers in a sporty seating position. The optional electrochromic glass roof, on the other hand, provides the cabin and Airy with a spacious rear center console between the seat packs and seat options. The best seat in the house is the one for the driver. From the driver’s seat, you get a good view of the road. With the driving modes and other settings housed on the steering wheel itself, all controls are easily accessible. A dedicated dashboard display will also make the front passenger feel involved in the proceedings. The passenger section of the dash mirrors the driver’s side.
Ferrari Purosangue – Engine and performance
Ferrari’s unique approach to the Purosangue, Italian for thoroughbred, is also reflected in the choice of engine. Most of the performance SUVs use hyper-twin-turbo V8s. On the other hand, the Purosangue comes with a new 65-degree, 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 petrol engine. The engine produces 725 horsepower and 706 newton meters of torque. The direct injection V12 has been tuned to deliver 80% of its peak torque at 2100 RPM. Engine power is channeled to all four wheels via a two-speed front power transmission unit and an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission at the rear axle.
When you look under this massive hood, you’ll notice a V12. This is not the first 12-cylinder SUV. Of course, there are the Bentley Bentayga W12 and the Rolls Royce Cullinan. The entire six-and-a-half-liter engine is behind the front axle. In the old Ferrari FF and the GTC4 that came after it, there’s a transfer box on the front of the engine to send drive to the front wheels, and everything else goes down to an eight-speed twin-clutch gearbox at the back. You can get from 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds, 0 to 124 in 10 and a half seconds, and the top speed is 194 miles an hour. This is undeniably the SUV speed king.
Ferrari Purosangue pricing and competition
2024 Purosangue has a starting price of $398,350. The Purosangue will target ultra-luxury vehicles like the Bentley Bentayga and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan in addition to high-performance utes like the Cayenne Turbo and Urus.