Yikes! A Fer­rari SUV?

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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.

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