This is the Ferrari Purosangue, Maranello’s first four-door four-door with a 715 hp V12

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This is the Purosangue, Ferrari’s first four-door four-door with a 715 hp V12

The wait is over. Ferrari finally has its long-awaited purosangue SUV and it’s not quite what we expect.

In fact, the company is adamant that it’s not an SUV, and they won’t even think about calling it a crossover. Ferrari CEO Benedetto said: “We’re not even calling it an SUV. We’re not even talking about SUVs.”

That makes sense given the name. Purosangue is Italian for thoroughbred, and presumably the name was chosen by Ferrari to dispel the idea that an SUV made by them will not be a pure Ferrari. Oh yeah, don’t call it an SUV.

The engine is placed as close to the firewall as possible to ensure a 50/50 weight distribution.  (Image source: Ferrari)

All right, let’s just call it a very large sports car, which, given the Purosangue’s rather stocky stance, isn’t really that far from the truth.

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If the engine is any indication, the Purosangue is 100% Ferrari. Incredibly, the Purosangue is powered by a naturally aspirated V12. No turbos, no hybridity!

This engine has a capacity of 6.5 liters and is codenamed F140IA 715 hp and 715 nm torque. The red line is 8,250 rpm. And to ensure a nearly 50/50 weight distribution, the engine is so far behind the front axle and the 8-speed dual clutch gearbox rests on the rear axle. This is all very Ferrari.

With so much power to evoke, the Purosangue is naturally lively. 0-100 km/h takes 3.3 seconds and if you keep your foot hard on the accelerator, 200 km/h in just will show on the speedometer 10.6 seconds. The top speed is over 300 km/h. It also sounds pretty excellent when you strap it on (just listen to the video above).

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To turn off the power, the Purosangue has a four wheel drive that is comparable to the GTC4Lusso. Power only advances at lower speeds and the front drive unit disengages completely when the Purosangue is above fourth gear and/or when traveling at over 200 km/h.

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At first glance it may not seem so, but the Purosangue has four doors. The rear doors are electrically operated and have a rear-facing hinge that resembles a Rolls Royce. Seating is strictly for four, so if you have three little ones, it’s best to consider a Cullinan or Bentayga.

To keep occupants comfortable as you rumble at speed, the Purosangue has a trick suspension system that uses a quick-response electric motor to control the stroke of each damper. The idea here is that it can stiffen the dampers during hard cornering to reduce rolling or slacken them when driving on rough roads.

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Availability and prices

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Unlike some of its rivals, Ferrari does not want the Purosangue to define the brand and will therefore limit production to just 20% of its total production. Do they put money on the table? It’s hard to say because, with prices starting soon, US$400,000 (~S$559360), the Purosangue is about double the price of other high-end SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga.

When it comes to our shores, don’t expect much change from S$2 million. Ferrari’s best customers can expect theirs sometime towards the end of next year.