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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Actually Ferrari doesn't want to call its Purosangue as an SUV

Like it or dislike, the presence of an SUV model for Ferrari is a fact and true. Although at first Ferrari claimed not to be interested in making an SUV, because it was considered to eliminate Ferrari's exclusivity as a super luxury sports car brand. Later, the automaker with the prancing horse emblem had softened a bit, as in the end of 2017, the Ferrari's CEO, Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the company was in an effort to develop a new product in the form of a Ferrari Utility Vehicle (FUV) to expand the marketshares.
An image of Ferrari Purosangue made based on the Motor1 interpretation. (Picture from: Motor1)
What is the Ferrari Utility Vehicle? As qouted of Carscoops, the designation is related to Ferrari's reluctance to refer to its new car as an SUV, and prefers to call it a Ferrari Utility Vehicle (FUV). In mid-February 2021, there's a camouflage covered sports utility vehicle that was suspected to be the newest Ferrari Purosangue ('poo-row-sann-gway,' an Italian means 'pure blood' or 'thoroughbred') was caught on camera undergoing a kind of test on the snowy terrain in Sweden.
The first hybrid crossover of Ferrari named Purosangue (meaning 'thoroughbred') which will be released next 2022. (Picture from: Carscoops)
So, the presence of the first FUV model is clearly indicated the Italian automaker's intention to take part in the luxury SUV segment market. As We could be seen today, Ferrari is currently in the process of building its first crossover-styled vehicle, and it looks like it's getting closer and closer to be launched. Previously, competitors in its class such as the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan succeeded in becoming models that were quite in demand. But how does the Ferrari Purosangue tempt consumers in this segment?
The Ferrari Purosangue will incorporate a front-mid engine architecture, with the mill placed behind the front wheels for better weight distribution. (Picture from: Slash&Gear)
As quoted of Autocar, that the Maranello-based premium automaker had reached the final process of the car developing in terms of design, performance and other features into it. Some performance and dimension data began to circulate in several US and European medias. It seems that the appearance of the Ferrari Purosangue is just a matter of time, and then, whether Ferrrari able to gain success like its competitors. Let's see the interesting things which could be offered by the first prancing horse logoed SUV's.
The Ferrari Purosangue SUV test mule on the snowy terrain in Sweden back in Februari 2021. (Picture from: Carscoops)
If We look at how the car looks while on testing in Sweden, it looks like the Ferrari Purosangue has a 4-passenger configuration similar to the Aston Martin DBX and the Lamborghini Urus. While its dimension is estimated has almost similar size of the Maserati Levante, and it could be mean that the Purosangue has a length of 4.9 meters with a wheelbase of less than 120 inches.

Meanwhile, in order to maintain its performance, the weight of the vehicle will also be maintained in low numbers in order to be able to support the car aerodynamic numbers. However, the new Ferrari Purosangue does not have a high ground clearance rather than its competitors such as the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga, and this could be an added value for the car. Furthermore the Ferrari's SUV  has an architectural design that is capable of carrying V6, V8 and even V12 engines.
The Ferrari Purosangue SUV test mule is powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which later it could be the standard engine. (Picture from: Carscoops)
And during the test on the snowy terrain in Sweden, the Ferrari Purosangue used a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which later it could be the standard engine. Even the engine has also been tested on other Ferrari species such as the F8 Tributo, Roma, Portofino. The engine embedded in the Purosangue is claimed to be able to produce a maximum power of up to 700 hp.

If we seen the Purosangue's engine power capability above, the Maranello-based premium automaker will feel very confident if its Purosangue to be compared to the Urus, its compatriot rival from the Lamborghini automaker, in which on the paper, it will be superior to the Lambo's SUVs whose its maximum engine power only reaches 641 horsepower.
The Ferrari Purosangue SUV's V8 engine is claimed to be able to produce a maximum power of up to 700 hp. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Although Ferrari is currently developing four-wheel drive with an independent gearbox on the front axle. But it is rumored that the Purosangue will also be available with a plug-in hybrid model similar to that used with the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. This means that there will be two electric motors to drive the front wheels, while, the conventional engine will drive the rear wheels. The result will be a Ferrari's SUV with plug-in hybrid technology and four-wheel drive. It also could be proof that the Prancing Horse's distinctive ability is also already embedded in the Purosangue.
Another thing we can look at is the electronic limited-slip differential could be also included in the Purosangue whose can be increases the car's ability to accelerate and reduces the occurrence of lag when driving it on the roads. The Ferrari's first SUV development is a breakthrough but will it be as successful as its competitors? We will know the answer after the Purosangue units begin to be delivered to consumers at the end of 2022 and early 2023. So, We should be patient waiting for the Ferrari Purosangue's further news.😐 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | AUTOCAR | MOTOR1 ]
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