New 2021 Ferrari Purosangue SUV: design, price and specs
The Ferrari Purosangue will be the Italian firm’s first SUV, with V6, V8 or V12 engines possible
The forthcoming Ferrari Purosangue SUV – perhaps the most controversial vehicle in the company’s history – will be based on the same underpinnings as the recently launched Roma GT, it has been confirmed.
“In general we will have two families of architecture – front- and rear-engine families,” explained Michael Leiters, Ferrari’s chief technology officer. “The modularity is there, and especially on the front-engined architecture we have to foresee many more models. We have a 2+2, we have a 4+, we are thinking about Purosangue, and so on.”
Ferrari Purosagne: design
The design of the Ferrari Purosangue is previewed in our exclusive images (see gallery). Using the Roma as a starting point, the Purosangue could retain the Grand Tourer’s dramatic lines, drawn most prominently from the sweeping bonnet and windscreen.
The front of the car will likely use a more conventional grille than the Roma, although there’ll be no shortage of air intakes to maximise cooling to the engine.
A three-door layout would give the Purosangue a coupe-SUV appearance, allowing the carmaker to claim the car is rooted more firmly in Ferrari heritage rather than the mass-market trend that has seen millions of SUVs sold worldwide.
At the rear, the tailgate could more closely resemble that of the GTC4Lusso than the Roma. A more practical tailgate would make the Purosangue more usable, with increased boot space; not factors usually at the forefront of Ferrari engineers’ minds.
Performance & specs
Ferrari will continue to develop its 6.5-litre V12 engine, however, combining this with a heavy battery is not favoured by the marque’s engineers. “To be honest, electrifying a V12 means creating, very probably, a heavy and big car. So electrification ideally should be coupled with smaller engines,” said Enrico Galliera, Ferrari’s chief marketing officer told Auto Express.
“The philosophy is to try to be ready with different technologies in order to use them with the necessary evolution,” he added. “That’s why we have a wide range of engines: V12, V8 and, in the future, the V6.”
Price & release date
Dubbed an ‘FUV’ (Ferrari Utility Vehicle) by Ferrari, the Purosagne is set to be revealed in 2021, using an adapted version of the modular, multi-material, front-engined platform found in the Roma.
That car is expected to cost from around £190,000, suggesting that the Purosangue’s starting price will sit somewhere north of £200,000 when orders eventually begin.
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