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The first Ferrari crossover: 5 facts about the most interesting novelty of the year

13 Sep
posted: 13/09/2022

The first Ferrari crossover: 5 facts about the most interesting novelty of the year

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Ferrari Purosangue is a controversial model in the history of the Italian brand, claiming the title of the fastest SUV in the world.

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First there was Bentley, and then Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin followed suit. The world fashion for crossovers could not bypass the manufacturers of the fastest and most expensive cars, although some of them had never even produced full-wheel drive cars before. But business dictates its conditions, so companies that previously specialized mainly in sports cars could not ignore this very profitable segment.

Ferrari lasted the longest. The representatives of the company for a long time insisted on the sacred adherence to traditions and the impossibility of a car with a high seat appearing in the line-up. However, already this year the company from Maranello will present its first crossover, which will become, perhaps, the most controversial model in the almost century-old history of the Italian brand.

How it will be called

In fact, back in 2017, the head of the company, Sergio Marchionne, spoke about Ferrari leading the development of a fundamentally new utility vehicle. Then the top manager said that the brand has many customers who want to have a more practical everyday car with a "running stallion" on the radiator grill. A year later, at the Ferrari shareholder meeting, it was officially announced that the new model would be called Purosangue, which in Italian means "thoroughbred".

It is not excluded that the Purosangue uses an unusual three-door layout with a small disguised additional rear door on the driver's side, which will open against the direction of traffic, which will facilitate the boarding and disembarking of the passengers of the second row of seats. According to other reports, the Ferrari Purosangue will have a pair of full-fledged rear doors, as well as other luxury supercrossovers.

Specifications

In the spring of 2020, Ferrari chief engineer Michael Leiters announced that the company would develop two main architectures for its cars in the future — front-mounted and rear-mounted. The all-terrain vehicle will be developed on a front-engined aluminum chassis, on which, among other things, the new Roma GT supercar was created. This "base" provides for the adaptation of six-, eight- and 12-cylinder units, as well as electrified power plants.

Earlier, Ferrari stated that in the near future they are not going to abandon 12-cylinder units and will continue to modernize their current largest engine with a volume of 6.5 liters. Therefore, the top version of Purosangue can get this engine, the power of which exceeds 800 horsepower. However, the appearance of a version with a gasoline-electric installation based on a 3.9-liter V8 engine from the Roma GT with a total aggregate power of about 700 horsepower seems more likely.

Of course, there is no data on the dynamics of Ferrari Purosangue yet, but a few years ago, Marchionne already prepared that the engineers had the task of producing the fastest car in its class. To deserve the title of the fastest SUV on the market, Purosangue will have to surpass the performance of the Lamborghini Urus, which is capable of reaching "hundreds" in 3.5 seconds, and its maximum speed is 305 km per hour.

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Purosangue will be the basis for other "high" Ferrari models

After Purosangue, the Italians intend to release two more crossovers, which are currently known under the factory codes F244 and F245. They will be created on the same Front Mid Engine Architecture platform from the Roma and Purosangue models, but unlike them, they will be equipped with a fully electric power plant. Its composition will include four asynchronous units, producing a total of about 620 horsepower, which will be powered by a block of lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 80 kilowatt-hours. According to preliminary data, the release of such cars will take place not earlier than in five years.

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