The Prancing Horse has just unveiled for the first time in its 75-year history a family-friendly car. The Ferrari Purosangue is as family-friendly a car you can get, with when there’s a naturally-aspirated V12 under the hood, cranking out 716nm of torque and a top-end speed of 310kmh.
But this is Ferrari after all, which is why you can’t refer to the Purosangue as a sports utility vehicle. They aren’t kidding – its moniker literally means ‘thoroughbred’ in Italian (get the hint). The abbreviation SUV is uttered only once in the entire press release detailing the four-seater’s debut. And that’s only to say what the Purosangue is not.
“To enable the company to achieve the ambitious goals set for this project and create a car worthy of a place in its range, a completely different layout and innovative proportions compared to modern GT archetypes (so-called crossovers and SUVs) were adopted,” says the press release.
“The average modern GT’s engine is mounted forwards in the car, almost straddling the front axle with the gearbox coupled directly to it,” it continues. This arrangement “results in less than optimal weight distribution”. The Ferrari Purosangue ultimately delivers excellent “driving dynamics and driving pleasure”. Touche.