ITALIAN luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari SpA has finally unveiled its first ever four-door, four-seater production vehicle called the Purosangue on Wednesday, Sept 14.
The name Purosangue, Italian for “thoroughbred”, was chosen as the automaker felt that it has created a car that is unique on the world stage. Unique not only due to performance, driving pleasure and comfort coexisting, but the car is also said to encapsulate the Prancing Horse’s iconic DNA.
The Purosangue has adopted a completely different layout and innovative proportions compared to modern GT archetypes (so-called crossovers and SUVs).
The average modern GT’s engine is mounted forwards in the car, almost straddling the front axle with the gearbox coupled directly to it, resulting in less than optimal weight distribution that affects performance.
The Purosangue, on the other hand, has a mid-front-mounted engine with the gearbox at the rear to create a sporty transaxle layout.
The Power Transfer Unit is coupled in front of the engine to provide a unique 4×4 transmission. This delivers exactly the 49:51 percentage weight distribution that Maranello’s engineers deem optimal for a mid-front-engined sports car.
Ferrari’s new vehicle comes equipped with a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine that pumps out 715 hp and spins up to 8,250 rpm. Torque-wise, it features 528 lb-ft with 80% torque available at only 2,100 RPM.
The Purosangue is said to be one of the fastest SUVs too, going from 0 to 100 kph in 3.3 seconds and from 0 to 200 kph in 10.6 seconds.
Making its world debut is the new Ferrari active suspension system. This effectively controls body roll in corners as well as the tyre contact patch over high-frequency bumps.
The car’s all-new chassis has a carbon-fibre roof as standard to keep weight down and lower the centre of gravity. The designers also incorporated rear-hinged back doors (welcome doors) to make ingress and egress easier.
The Purosangue features four separate, independently adjustable electric seats for the first time in Ferrari history. The marque said the boot is the largest ever seen on a Ferrari and the rear seats fold to increase the luggage space.
The Burmester® 3D High-End Surround Sound System also makes its debut in a Ferrari vehicle as standard equipment.
Many optional extras are available including the brand-new Alcantara® upholstery, derived from certified recycled polyester, and a tinted glass roof.
A new red colour, Nero Purosangue, was developed specifically for the car, using pigments that create intense red reflections in certain lighting conditions.
The Ferrari Purosangue is expected to go on sale next year. — by TMR / pics source: Ferrari SpA