- Ferrari has finally revealed the 2023 Purosangue, its long awaited entry into the SUV segment.
- The Purosangue comes standard with a naturally aspirated V-12 engine that produces 715 horsepower.
- It's a four-seater with rear-hinged rear doors to aid access to the rear seats.
Over the course of its illustrious history, Ferrari has built sports cars in many different configurations.
Of course, Ferrari doesn’t like to call it an SUV, instead referring to this new model as an extension of its sports car lineup with a new form factor meant to enhance versatility and comfort. To emphasize that it’s just as much of a Ferrari as any other, the project’s code name, Purosangue (meaning “pureblood”), will be retained for the production model seen here.
Engine and Performance
Also ensuring its place in the Ferrari bloodline is the fact that it will be available at first with only a single powertrain: a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine that revs to 8250 rpm. Its power output of 715 horsepower puts it well above the Lamborghini Urus Performante’s twin-turbo V-8, but the nonturbo V-12 falls behind its boosted competitors in terms of torque, with only 528 pound-feet. Ferrari says that 80 percent of that torque will be available at 2100 rpm. But, with the power peaking at 7750 rpm and the torque peak sitting at 6250 rpm, the Purosangue is sure to be a revvy machine.
New Suspension System
Ferrari is particularly proud of the Purosangue’s new suspension technology, saying that this is the crucial component that allows such a tall, large, and heavy vehicle to meet the company’s high standards for handling performance.
The setup uses active spool-valve dampers from Multimatic, the same company that supplies non-active adaptive dampers for certain performance versions of the Chevy Camaro and the off-road-oriented Colorado ZR2.
With a long, low nose and a rising character line that creates a wedge-like silhouette, the Purosangue’s proportions are more reminiscent of the GTC4 Lusso’s than any of its taller SUV rivals. Ferrari designers say they intended for there to be a clear separation between the upper body and the lower body. The upper section is meant to be smooth and elegant, and the lower section—consisting of an aggressive rear diffuser and wheel-well cladding that can be finished in either carbon fiber or matte black—is intended to communicate the car’s power and capability. The separate elements help reduce the Purosangue’s height visually, but the design lacks coherence, as there are many stylistic elements competing for your attention.
Interior and Features
The dashboard incorporates the same digital displays from other Ferrari models, including a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster for the driver and a screen for the front passenger; there’s no central infotainment screen. The steering wheel features the familiar Mannetino drive-mode controller, along with many other buttons and knobs. Various combinations of leather, Alcantara, and carbon-fiber trims will be available. A carbon-fiber roof is standard, but you can also opt for a glass roof with electrochromic tint adjustments.
Source: Car and Driver