If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck…
I guess that cliché doesn’t apply to the new Ferrari Purosangue. It’s the first four-door Ferrari and features four-wheel drive, but the powers that be at the Prancing Horse don’t consider it an SUV or crossover. Maybe we’re splitting hairs when assigning the Purosangue to a particular vehicle genre, but a four-door vehicle with four-wheel drive is synonymous with an SUV or crossover.
“To enable the company to achieve the ambitious goals set for this project and create a car worthy of a place in its range, a completely different layout and innovative proportions compared to modern GT archetypes (so-called crossovers and SUVs) were adopted,” per a Ferrari release. “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 (PTU) is coupled in front of the engine to provide a unique 4×4 transmission. This delivers exactly the 49:51% weight distribution that Maranello’s engineers deem optimal for a mid-front-engined sports car.”
Like a proper Ferrari, the Purosangue features a 6.5-liter V12 engine with a 13.6:1 compression that produces a factory-rated 715 bhp at 7,750 rpm and 528 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm. The engine is paired with an eight-speed F1 DCT transmission. Performance is stout with a 0-62 mph sprint in 3.3 seconds, and 0-125 mph in an 10.2 seconds.
But alas, Ferrari doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as an SUV manufacturer. A quick glance at the newest Ferrari doesn’t give me the SUV vibe as much as the Lamborghini Urus or the Porsche Cayenne but it’s still an SUV, or at least a cool looking crossover.
How do you inform Ferrari that it produced its first SUV?