Remember when? Ferrari vows never to build an SUV? Well, times and CEOs change, and now the house of crouching horses has its own premium door system to boost sales. Of course, Ferrari would rather you call the Purosangue a “2 + 2”, a “modern GT” or a “first four-door, four-seater in the Prancing Horse’s 75-year history”, but let’s be honest: it is. a crossover, and that’s not a bad thing.
To win the Ferrari badge, Purosangue needs to be a performer. In this, it seems the car has succeeded – 715 hp and 528 lb-ft of torque comes from the 6.5-liter V12 and goes to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. But a Ferrari also has to be slick, flashy, all of which we associate with Italian sporty luxury. How to a intersectionof everything, the fare there?
Styling is a bit mixed, as any sleek-oriented crossover has. The sweep of the belt line obviously similar to GTC4Lusso, as well as four independent taillight elements that Ferrari has tucked inside the overhang of the rear fender. Up front, however, the Purosangue is taller and has a flatter nose than any of the company’s previous models – it looks a bit like a Roma stretched vertically in Photoshop.
The exterior also carries one of the most unique features of the Purosangue: the hinged rear door. Few companies are bold enough to install reverse swing doors in their crossovers, but Ferrari has upped the ante. The company also claims that the doors run on electricity and lack any visible outside handle backs.
Inside, the Purosangue looks like a proper middle ground between Ferrari performance and crossover comfort. The seats look thin and well-bolstered but don’t appear to have skimped on padding. The dashboard features multiple screens, with the driver and passenger each getting their own pod of technology to stare at.
The rear of the Purosangue also breaks with crossover tradition, offering four seats rather than the traditional five. The sweeping beltline that made the interior so sleek returns with a vengeance, however, coming up to chin height for the back-seat passengers — even higher if those passengers are younger kids.
The Purosangue is no slouch on power, but Ferrari seems to have put equal effort into its handling. An all-wheel-drive system borrowed from the GTC4Lusso, controlled by the brain from an SF90 Stradale, manages power to each wheel. Traction control and brake-by-wire come from the 296 GTB, but the adaptive suspension is all unique. The Purosangue may be thoroughbred, but it’s still something new.
Ferrari didn’t detail availability or pricing for the Purosangue, but don’t get your hopes up about buying one — the company is considered closing orders row for its first SUV due to high demand. See, Ferrari, why call the Purosangue a crossover? Buyers will eat them all.