The controversial Ferrari Purosangue looks ready to set new standards for high performance SUV engineering
New images have arisen of the Ferrari Purosangue, a first foray into the crossover world by the iconic Italian automaker and one that, we suspect, will draw many strong opinions from fans and prospective owners alike. These full body-on prototypes come after months of cobbled together mules doing the rounds, and are complete with production-relevant detailing like lights and wheels.
What’s revealed in these images is ratified by Ferrari’s first official teaser of its new model, clearly revealing the Purosangue’s front end design that looks to feature an almost multi-layered design with daytime running lights sitting in a void left for cooling, with the main headlight units sat hidden from view below. The extremely low main intake is what we’ve already come to expect from previous prototypes, and suggests that this will most certainly be a crossover biased towards on-road driving. It also clearly now reveals that the Purosangue will utilise a huge one-piece clamshell bonnet, not dissimilar to an Aston Martin DBX.
The Purosangue’s overall proportions signal its duality of purpose – the four-door cab is slung far behind the front axle, but retains a substantial rear seating area. The windscreen is heavily raked, glasshouse especially shallow and windows frameless, while the sloping rear screen finishes in a distinctive fastback tail above a very short rear overhang. In contrast to the slim glazing, there’s lots of bodywork above the wheel arches, suggesting it’ll need a very big wheel and tyre package to compensate proportionally.
Which is something else this prototype now reveals with the huge wheel and tyre package fitted to this prototype that for the first time aren’t the usual development wheel design, instead they’re a stylised five-spoke design.
Video of the Purosangue testing at the Fiorano test track has also emerged with the unmistakable sound of Ferrari’s Tipo V12 engine bellowing from its exhausts, giving us yet more insight into the fact it will definitely feature the 6.5-litre V12 engine, and in all likelihood a dual-clutch transmission. Official information of a possible hybrid system, or the option of the smaller twin-turbo V8 remains thin, however.
Ferrari has so far confirmed that the Purosangue’s chassis will be built from Ferrari’s highly flexible aluminium matrix platform. Despite sharing elements from the new Roma, though, it’s proportions otherwise look relatively normal, lacking the exaggerated dash-to-axle ratio that usually typifies Ferrari’s front-engine model range. This would lead us to believe that the engine’s placement will be further forward than in Ferrari’s existing GT models, suggesting the Purosangue will have a more traditional powertrain configuration than something like the more technically complicated dual-transmission layout of that GTC4 Lusso.
Ferrari has been typically coy about other specifics, too, not confirming anything other than a forecasted launch later this year. The name, Purosangue, is also a working title for the project, meaning it’ll likely pick up a new moniker. With a seemingly boundless appetite for large expensive SUVs at the top of the marketplace, Ferrari’s decision to join this lucrative marketplace was an inevitable one. What form of SUV it actually reveals later this year remains the more pertinent question, but one we’re now starting to get a picture of.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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