SUVs are the automotive equivalent to the selfie stick, seems as if a lot of automotive manufacturers are having a go at making their first hypercar SUVs. Lamborghini and McLaren have both had a crack at it (a sneaky teaser to the upcoming Battle Royale article), and now Ferrari has too. SUVs, as we all know, can either turn out to look good like the Rolls Royce Cullinan or not so good looking like the Nissan Juke, so let’s see what the Italian Stallion made do of it.
Along with creating the world’s first Ferrari FUV (Ferrari Utility Vehicle), they’ve probably also created the world’s first unpronounceable car, Ferrari has called their latest masterpiece the Purosangue. Honestly, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to saying it but what I do know is it will go on sale sometime around 2022. It will loosely be based upon the Ferrari Roma, which I spoke about last week, and will come with a hybrid-V6, V8 and their mighty V12. Though Ferrari engineers have stated that the V12 will not be a hybrid, as such a massive engine will require a lot of heavy batteries to be contributed. The Ferrari Roma comes equipped with a 3.9-litre V8 that produces 612bhp and 760Nm of torque, which will most likely be shared amongst both models as most of its underpinnings will be shared with the Purosangue. However, there are speculations that the Perosangue might be a 4-wheel-drive drivetrain, just like the GTC4 Lusso though after 5th gear it becomes rear-wheel drive only. Though with the extra space, I speculate it might be a full-time 4-wheel-drive system with a rear-wheel-drive bias.
Exterior wise there are quite a substantial varieties of renderings and pictures of how the Purosangue will look like, so I’ve done the smart thing and decided to use the photos from Autocar magazine (references will be provided at the bottom). It is speculated that a shooting brake styled layout will follow, and it will follow a typical SUV layout, being high rise, big rimmed and tons of space. Going by the photos provided by Auto Express with its sneak peek preview, shows the Purosangue will be a pretty good looking thing. Not many good looking SUVs are out there, but then again, this is a Ferrari we’re talking about here. Though I must admit I am not a big fan of the door handles, I’ve never been a fan of Ferrari door handles, in my opinion, they don’t quite fit well with the car and its styling. Though worst of all is the rear, it’s way too flat in my opinion, the car is beautifully designed and looks elegant than the backdrops, and the rims are too big. The tyres look painted on; then again these are concept designs so who knows how the Purosangue will look like once its officially unveiled next year.
There aren’t any pictures or details about the interior, so we will have to wait for that to come shortly in the future. Although we know full well, it will be directly competing with the Lamborghini Urus and McLaren’s latest SUV project the GTX. We know the Purosangue will produce 600bhp from its twin-turbocharged 3.9 litre V8 and reaching 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and achieving a top speed of over 180mph (speculated) and costing over £200,000.
Summing it all up, being honest here I’m not a big fan of SUVs. They’re big, bulky and unnecessarily pointless, you can use them offroad but no one will and when you do all the electricals will end up having a seizure, and the car will go into “get me home” mode. But over the past months, I have started to loosen up a bit; the Lamborghini Urus, the Bentley Bentagya and this the Ferrari Purosangue are masterpieces. The took a boring concept and turned into something beautiful, and not only that they have created an entirely new automotive category—the Hypercar SUVs.