Ferrari Purosangue SUV set for V12 engine

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The Ferrari Purosangue will be the brand’s first-ever SUV, and will receive the bombastic V12 engine from its flagship sports cars.

Ferrari has revealed that its eagerly anticipated Purosangue SUV will be powered by its legendary naturally aspirated V12. The Italian firm released a teaser video to announce that its first ever SUV model will arrive later in 2022, while Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna told Reuters that the car will adopt the firm’s famed V12 engine.

“We’ve tested several options, it was clear that the V12, for the performance and driving experience it could provide, was the right option for the market,” he said.

Ferrari GTB 296 Australia rear engine cover

The decision means that the Purosangue will stand apart from sporty SUV rivals like the Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, which all use turbocharged V8s.

Footage of the Purosangue’s engine indicates that the intake plenum will be redesigned compared to that of the 812 Superfast coupe and, of course, the exhaust system will be bespoke. If the SUV’s engine is otherwise identical to the 812, it will be a 6.5-litre unit that produces almost 600kW and is capable of revving to nearly 9000rpm redline.

Ferrari Purosangue teaser 2

We’ve already seen leaked images of the car’s design, which were confirmed to be accurate by an official teaser of the SUV. The leaks show the front and rear of the car at the Maranello factory, revealing key design details and influence from other Ferrari models.

The headlights look to be an even more dramatic interpretation of the units that feature on the Roma GT, with a slash extending out from the car’s nose and into the light clusters. The bonnet looks to be a clamshell and the gaping grille is positioned low into the front bumper.

A Ferrari shield sits on the front wings (likely optional) and the bottom of the door and sill are heavily sculpted, curving in towards the middle of the car to hide some of the machine’s visual mass.

ferrari purosangue rear

As we’ve seen with spy shots, the rear of the car features quad exhausts and a rather modest diffuser. There are vents behind the rear wheels and the rear lights are similar to those of the recently unveiled 296 GTB.

We can expect Ferrari’s first SUV to debut later this year, with deliveries of the Purosangue commencing in 2023. The company’s marketeers describe the Purosangue as a “Ferrari Utility Vehicle.” Our recent spy shots (which show the car in its production bodywork) suggest it’ll be anything but utilitarian, though, as it has a relatively low ride-height and a low-slung silhouette.

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Whereas the DBX and the Urus sit tall and upright with relatively short overhangs, the Purosangue has a long bonnet, a steeply raked windscreen and a fairly long wheelbase.

The rear overhang is also extensive, while the rear wheels appear to be a little larger in diameter than the fronts – just like a supercar. However, that could just be a quirk of the way the prototype has been set up.

Because it rides so low, we expect Ferrari will fit the Purosangue with ride height-adjustable air suspension. Quad-exit exhausts are also visible on this prototype, as are a set of enormous cross-drilled brake discs and huge callipers.

Our exclusive images show how the finished Purosangue could look once the camouflage is pulled off. We expect it’ll draw on the Roma GT car for some design inspiration, sharing the same bonnet lines, grille shape and flared haunches.

While the Purosangue’s styling doesn’t point towards it being particularly practical – in the SUV world, at least – it’ll be the most spacious model in Ferrari’s line-up. There’s a four-door, four-seat layout and a hatchback tailgate.

In essence, then, the SUV will become an indirect replacement for the GTC4 Lusso four-seat coupe, which Ferrari pulled from its price list at the end of 2020.

Yousuf Ashraf

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