Thoroughbred in name and fact. The name does not come from marketing studies, but from the project brief: it must be a Ferrari Purosangue, a real Ferrari. It is not an SUV, but a super sports car with four seats and five doors (in Ferrari there are only four, but there is a real and practical tailgate) capable of guaranteeing performance and emotions that do not make Ferrari regret less spacious and practical. . Dressing everything is the usual fairy hand of Flavio Manzoni, responsible for the style of the Cavallino di Maranello. This is what it looks like when seen live.
I don’t know where to start … Let’s start from the heart of the Ferrari Purosangue, the most iconic of Maranello: a mighty 6,500 cc twelve-cylinder 65 ° V which, breathing naturally without the help of turbines, delivers 725 horsepower at 7,750 rpm (the limiter detaches at 8,250 rpm) and almost as many Nm of torque, 716 to be precise at 6,250 rpm of which 80% is already available at 2,100 rpm. The heads derive from those of the 812 Competizione, upstream of the direct petrol injection there are two 350 bar pumps and the twelve spark plugs can set off a single or multiple sparks to better manage combustion efficiency at each speed. The V12 is almost inside the cockpit, definitely behind the front axle line, to optimize weight distribution.
High-strength aluminum alloy frame, aluminum body, and carbon fiber stop the curb weight at 2,180 kg, but the weight doesn’t stop the Ferrari Purosangue, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.3 seconds, stretches up to 200 km / h in 10.6 seconds and reaches a speed greater than or equal (it’s the first time I’ve found it in a technical data sheet) of 310 km / h. It is also worth mentioning the 100-0 km / h, for which 32.9 meters are enough, and the 200-0 km / h, covered in 129 meters.
And speaking of mere figures, from the number of cylinders to performance, I would say that the goal of making the Purosangue a true Ferrari super sports car has been achieved. With the pearl of the V12, unique in the segment: as soon as the news of the V12 spread, they say in Ferrari, a shower of orders was unleashed in the dark, without having seen even a photo, with an intensity comparable to that of the launch. of a special limited series. And a little limited, the Purosangue is: it is not the salvabilanci SUV, as it has been for other manufacturers, but another Ferrari super sports car, with a production that will not exceed 20% of the total production of Maranello.
The Frame, High Engineering
To get the handling of a real Ferrari super sports car, not an SUV with the Prancing Horse, the attention to weights and, above all to the center of gravity, was manic, gaining grams, millimeters, and centimeters where possible to stay closer to the road, such as, for example, the carbon fiber roof and the 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox, 15 mm lower than that of the GTC4Lusso and mounted in front of the rear axle following the Transaxle pattern.
It has the same ratios as the SF90 Stradale and the 296 GTB but, combined with larger tires, 22 “in the front and 23 ” in the rear, offers shorter ratios, with a longer eighth gear to ensure more comfort and less fuel consumption on the motorway. On the consumption front, it also offers the sailing function (or coasting as other manufacturers call it) which disconnects the transmission, when possible, during release.
The all-wheel drive with torque vectoring distributes the torque to each wheel on demand, with a basic distribution of 80% at the rear and 20% at the front. The transfer case (or PTU, Power Transfer Unit) is mounted in front of the V12 engine, an additional element that helps achieve perfect weight distribution for a mid-front engine like the Purosangue: 49% at the front and 51% at the rear.
The four wheels, as well as all capable of transmitting torque on the asphalt, are also steering, but the highlight are the Ferrari Active Suspension made with Multimatic: they combine the classic hydraulic shock absorber with a three-phase brushless electric motor which, By operating a ball screw, it can adjust the set-up more quickly, according to Ferrari, compared to classic active systems.
Adjust the trim in a few milliseconds of the Ferrari Purosangue, lowering the center of gravity when cornering by up to 20 millimeters and managing transverse and longitudinal load transfers, keeping pitch and roll under control. Among the options, you can also choose the lifter function that raises the trim to overcome obstacles or difficult roads, active up to 80 km / h.
So much Ferraritudine is masterfully dressed by Flavio Manzoni’s team. Lots of mechanics and a lot of Purosangue (it is 497 cm long ) pursuing the goal of making it more like a GT than an SUV. And, as if that weren’t enough, there is also aerodynamics to dominate. Many constraints, but the result is an elegant and sporty bodywork, closer to a Roma than to an SF90, almost suspended on the mechanics, a perfect synthesis between aerodynamics and style. The suspended effect is obtained thanks to hollowed wheel arches and black tailpipes (optional in carbon fiber) completely detached from the mudguards, shaped by aerodynamics, and connected to massive side skirts that dig and lighten the hips.
Live is Better
The Ferrari Purosangue has a stage presence that photos can’t convey 100%. I walk around her and try to figure out what her best side is. All. The front recalls the pointed nose of Roma but stretched upwards it gains personality. If Roma’s ton-sur-ton grille has caused discussion, here the grille is not there, there is only a large grill under the pointed nose to better ventilate all the mechanical organs. Above and below the daytime running lights are the vents, the upper vent in the wheel arch and under the windshield, and the lower one cools the brakes. The full LED Matrix headlights are at the height to which they are found in all other Ferraris, they are those two small headlights smaller than the fog lights of a few years ago, almost hidden in the large side vents.
The large bonnet, in aluminum like the tailgate, of the Purosangue is a sculpture shaped by the wind and by the mechanics it hides, a little bit like that of the 365 GTB Daytona. It is a ” bonnet ”, a bit of a hood, and a bit of a mudguard, extending to the upper profile of codolini. In the front 3/4 view, he is the undisputed protagonist, even if the windshield extends as far forward as possible trying to steal the show.
From the side view, the impression is that of a large Berlinetta, with the passenger compartment resting like a bubble, compact and elongated towards the front, the long bonnet and the short tail, with true GT proportions. Muscles where it is needed, on the wheels, and mouths that look more like stylistic motifs than real aerodynamic openings, with the air flows that pass through the bodywork, enter and exit to ventilate, cool, and create the right thrusts without the need for wings, spoilers, and external active elements.
A clean side with two doors. Yes, the rear door is hardly visible, shaped by the crease that starts from the front fender and the camber of the rear fender. Surprise: the doors open like a closet door, with the rear doors opening electrically against the wind. They are called welcome doors, since they make access more convenient and, also because they offer a complete view of the passenger compartment, but also offer the advantage of being able to make the Purosangue more compact thanks to the need for a smaller wheel arch. The handle is a small whisker protruding from the lower window frame, hardly noticeable.
What Side B
The tail is short, well designed with a clean profile that emphasizes the shoulders of an Olympic swimmer and that encloses the four thin lights and the two aerodynamic vents. The only concession to traditional aerodynamics is the small spoiler suspended on the rear window, thin and naturally closing the roof profile. A Ferrari with a rear wiper? Never. Aerodynamics keeps the rear window clean. Great cleanliness and elegance in the upper part of the tail, great expression of strength and energy in the lower part, with an imposing diffuser and four powerful exhaust pipes.
Ferrari Purosangue Interior
The cockpit is the ultimate expression of Ferrari luxury. The driver’s seat is inspired by that of the SF90 Stradale and the dashboard is almost symmetrical, with a large lid that shades a 10.2 ”screen dedicated to the passenger. In the center, there is only a tiny group of controls dedicated to air conditioning, dominated by a large knob that integrates a display and that lifts to be able to adjust the selected function thanks to the side buttons.
On the central tunnel is the electronic reinterpretation of the classic Ferrari selector, with buttons in place of the hollows to select the functions of the DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. For those who want to do it themselves, on the sides of the steering wheel are located two light carbon blades. The lever on the steering wheel allows you to select the driving mode between Comfort, Ice, Wet, Sport, and SC Off, but also Soft, Medium, and Hard for active suspension.
Space for Emotions
The Purosangue is a rigorously four-seater, with rear seats very similar in shape and functionality to the front ones, so that even those who sit behind can get the same emotions as those who sit in front. But the emotions are combined with practicality, with the possibility of folding the backrests and expanding the load compartment capable of 473 liters in a four-seater configuration. Without snobbery, the loading surface can be fixed on two levels, higher to obtain continuity with the boot sill, or lower to obtain maximum capacity.
Four Under a Roof
The Hi-Fi system made by Burmester is standard, while among the options you can choose a special carbon fiber for the interior moldings, woven with a copper wire: it is super chic and gives the carbon an appearance more three-dimensional and more valuable. Instead of the carbon fiber roof, you can request the panoramic glass roof: it weighs about 20 kg more but does not need the classic curtain to darken the passenger compartment, just press a button for the electrochromic roof to lose its transparency. crystalline.
Luxury, but also attention to the environment: 85% of the materials used inside are eco-sustainable, Alcantara in the first place and then, for example, the headliner in recycled polyester or the carpet in regenerated polyamide made from fishing nets recovered at sea. Instead of the classic carpet in carpet or leather, it is possible to cover the floor of the Ferrari Purosangue with a ballistic fabric also used for military clothing and almost indestructible.
Ferrari Purosangue Price
The price of the Ferrari Purosangue is set at 390,000 euros, and the first deliveries in Europe are expected in the second quarter of 2023.