Car and Driver (USA)



Those shopping at the very top of the performanc­e SUV pyramid—say, for a Lamborghin­i Urus or an Aston Martin DBX 707—might want to wait to see what Ferrari has wrought. So, too, will the legions of prancing-horse fans, whether or not they’re excited or ready to storm the factory gates at the prospect of a Ferrari SUV. The wait is nearly over: Ferrari has said the Purosangue (Italian for “thoroughbr­ed”) will go into production later this year with deliveries set to start in 2023.

Enzo Ferrari was always opposed to the idea of a four-door Ferrari, and former boss Sergio Marchionne famously said, “You have to shoot me first,” when asked about the prospect of a Ferrari SUV. Enzo has been gone for decades, and Marchionne died (of natural causes) in 2018. Ferrari announced its SUV intentions that same year.

Ferrari is adapting its existing frontengin­e platform to fit the SUV mold. That means a rear transaxle is likely and a hybrid powertrain is all but a guarantee with the possibilit­y of an electrical­ly driven front axle like that of the SF90. Ferrari has strongly hinted that it will use a new V-12 engine, and a twin-turbo V-8 is likely too. Whatever the cylinder count, if Ferrari wants to have the fastest utility vehicle in existence—and you know it does—it will have to deliver a top speed surpassing the 189-mph Urus and the 193-hp DBX 707.

Rumors are swirling about rearhinged rear doors—suicide doors or coach doors, as Rolls-Royce calls them— and a B-pillarless greenhouse. To drive home that this is a Ferrari SUV, there’s a badge on the hood and a prancing horse in the grille. A Purosangue spied at the factory wore a Scuderia crest on its fender. Get that extra badge and all the owner will need is a red satin jacket with a prancing horse on the back. Will the Real Ferrari please stand up?

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