When Enzo was in his early 80s, he favoured a four-seater Ferrari, Pininfarina, and presented a concept, the Pinin.
Enzo rejected it as he thought it was too pedestrian for a Ferrari.
Former Ferrari chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne said the Ferrari SUV that wasn’t up to the brand’s standards gave him ‘hallucinations.’
Ferrari spent years denying they would ever launch an SUV. The former CEO, Louis Camilleri, stated that he hated the word SUV and that it did not belong in the same sentence as Ferrari.
What has changed? Could it be money or fear of losing out?
Ferrari purists say the Purosangue is not an SUV; it is the most accomplished, enjoyable, luxurious, sporty and engaging four-door, four-seater sports car money can buy today.
‘Purosangue’ is Italian for thoroughbred’ or ‘pureblood,’ reflecting Ferrari’s commitment to performance and excellence.
Well, if Purosangue is an SUV, it is not like any other SUV you’ll see on the road, probably ever.
The Purosangue is powered by a mighty naturally aspirated 6.5 litre V12, producing 715 screaming horsepower with nicely balanced ride and handling.
The Purosangue arrives at 60mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 193mph.
It is a ‘SUV’ that only Ferrari could build, and its performance capabilities speak for themselves.
It is the first four-door, four-seater with rear suicide doors from the house of Ferrari. It is also the world’s first V12, dare I say it, SUV.
As you would expect, it is innovative; it features active spool-valve dampers, eliminating the need for anti-roll bars.
The Purosangue is fitted with an electric motor on each corner of the Purosangue, which applies force to the dampers during hard cornering.
Ferrari has stated they plan to keep the Purosangue naturally aspirated for as long as the model continues; this confirmation may positively impact future values.