Yikes! A Ferrari SUV?
ONCE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN UNTHINKABLE, but there are reports out of Europe that sports car brand Ferrari is planning to make an SUV.
Sure, Ferrari has built two-door wagons in the style that the British refer to as a shooting brake, and then there was the van-like special rear bodywork on a 196t0s sports racing 250 GTO that was dubbed the Breadvan.
But a Ferrari off-roader? Surely the only Ferraris that go off-road are when an over-enthusiastic owner gets it wrong or a race car leaves the tarmac and hits the kitty litter.
Yet a report in the authoritative British Autocar says an off-road capable Ferrari 4x4 will debut in 2021.
However, says the magazine, it will be called an FUV rather than a SUV, in the way German premium brand BMW refers to its SUVS as Sports Activity Vehicles.
Separately, British monthly magazine CAR has reported Ferrari will build a fast, four-door SUV which may use the same platform as the successor to the four-wheel drive GTC4.
A Ferrari SUV would join 4x4 wagons from such other unlikely bush-basher manufacturers as Vw-owned Bentley and BMW owned Rolls Royce. Bentley’s Bentayga is already on sale in New Zealand.
Ferrari’s fellow sports car manufacturers Porsche and Lamborghini already have SUVS. Porsche has the Cayenne and the Macan and Lamborghini will build the Urus.
Lamborghini, which grew out of a tractor manufacturer, was the first to market with a highend SUV, the Hummer-like LM002 in the 1980s.
There’s speculation that a Ferrari SUV would be powered by a twin-turbo V8, possibly a petrol/ electric hybrid.
Will it really happen? Only time can tell.