Say welcome to the brand-new Ferrari Purosangue (pu-roh-sang-way), an Italian word for thoroughbred that is a tongue-twister. And while violating a few traditions, Ferrari has remained faithful to its name and lineage by maintaining all of the core values of this revered brand. It has ground clearance similar to an SUV and is the first four-door Ferrari ever made. However, it is blasphemous (for Ferrari) to refer to the Purosangue as an SUV, and you can see why. It represents a significant divergence from the SUV model used by competitors like Lamborghini, Porsche, and Aston Martin and is more akin to a high-riding sportscar.
True GT credentials are provided by the Purosangue’s adaptable engine and smooth ride.
The Purosangue is a Ferrari through and through, despite being unlike any other Ferrari to date, with a tall hood, sensual curves, and a tightly skinned body mounted on enormous 22-inch front wheels and 23-inch rear wheels. Although some elements, like the front grille’s slot design and the rear suicide doors, are highly distinctive, the Roma-inspired appearance maintains the spirit of a front-engine Ferrari. Overall, the Purosangue is a stunning-looking automobile with ideal proportions that manages to be both aggressive and graceful.
Nothing less than a V12, the same 6.5-liter engine that powers the 812 Superfast but with slightly less power (715hp), lies at the heart of the Purosangue. The 4×4 drivetrain is adapted from the FF/GTC4 and consists of a separate two-speed “Power Control Unit” that powers the front pair of half-shafts, each of which has its own clutch, and an eight-speed, twin-clutch gearbox positioned at the back. Depending on the mode you’ve chosen and the amount of grip, this intricate bit of engineering offers four-wheel drive when you need it.
The Purosangue weighs 2,033kg, which isn’t too hefty for a four-door, four-wheel-drive supercar. This is thanks to a combination of high-tensile steel, aluminium, carbon fibre, and other lightweight elements. A 49:51 front-to-rear balance is precisely achieved with the weight distribution.
Ferrari Purosangue: Performance & Handling
When you fire the V12, which is an acoustical treat, all these flaws disappear. Due to extensive sound deadening throughout the whole vehicle to give the all-weather Purosangue excellent GT credentials, Ferrari claims that the engine is their quietest and is rather quiet at low speeds. In reality, a quick run on the highway demonstrated the Purosangue’s brilliance as a cruiser, and I could picture it tearing up Indian highways without fear of damaging the undercarriage or pricey carbon-fibre chin.
The ride is very smooth despite having 22- and 23-inch wheels, especially when the damper is set to Soft. The clever Multimatic True Active Spool Valve (TASV) suspension system, which uses tiny electric motors to quickly adjust the dampers in response to road conditions, is what makes the ride comfort when you select the stiffer settings (Medium and Hard) so good.
A firm poke of the throttle is all it takes to turn this content cruiser into a cruise missile since there is plenty of oomph at low rpm. When Manettino dials Sport, the Purosangue accelerates with all the drama and exhilaration that a V12 engine can muster after a few tugs on the left paddle placed on a long column and a foot planted firmly on the ground. It sends chills down your spine. As the engine accelerates towards the rev limiter at 8,250 rpm, a deep roar builds to a high-pitched scream, illuminating every blue LED on the steering wheel in the process. You can reach significant speeds quickly thanks to the supercar-level acceleration, and the stated duration of 3.3 seconds for 0–100 km/h as well as the peak speed of 310kph.
This naturally aspirated V12’s versatility, which enables you a wide rev range to experiment with, is one of its most attractive features. It is an engine that enjoys being wrapped tightly and is happiest when operating at high rpm. You want to treasure it even more since it is the last of a breed of outstanding naturally aspirated V12s that is rapidly becoming extinct.
Ferrari Purosangue: Dimensions And Looks
By raising the ride height and including an extra set of doors, Ferrari may have ventured outside of its comfort zone, but inadvertently the Purosangue has become the ideal Ferrari. Let’s start with the 185mm ground clearance, which may be the most crucial specification for Indian purchasers. An additional 20mm will give you the basic raise system, and 30mm will give you the raise Plus option, giving you a space between the road and the lengthy underbody that is similar to an SUV’s (205-215mm). Speed bumps can be crested without clenching your teeth in anticipation of a horrible crunch since they are free of the sharp road edges that a Roma would require you to tiptoe over.
The Purosangue’s attractiveness is also significantly increased by having four doors in India, where practicality, comfort, and spaciousness are benefits even at the top of the super sportscar market, where a chauffeur-driven Ferrari wouldn’t be out of the question. Four-door vehicles make up more than 70% of Porsche sales in India, while the Urus accounts for more than 80% of Lamborghini sales, the majority of which are to first-time buyers. Similar to how the Purosangue will appeal to a huge group of outrageously wealthy individuals who may not have even considered purchasing a Ferrari in the first place. The problem is that you can’t buy a Purosangue if you don’t already own a Ferrari because the initial round of orders is exclusively available to Ferrari owners.
It might seem simple to design a four-door sports car, but it’s difficult when you choose rear-hinged suicide doors. It was imperative to preserve the Purosangue’s length profile and proportions, and the only way to do so was with a rear-hinge design. The back door, which pivots from the C-pillar and swings open by 90 degrees, makes it simple to enter the interior. A single hinge had to hold the whole back door, which was an engineering problem because there was no room for two hinges due to the large wheel arch.
Ferrari Purosangue: Interior And Comfort
The back seat is exceedingly simple to enter and exit, and the electrically operated door opens and closes with the simple push of a button on the inside B-pillar, exactly as in a Rolls or a Maybach. You could be confused as to whether this is a sportscar or a high-end limo because the seats themselves electrically adjust for length and recline. When you sit down, the solution to that query becomes clear. Although there is adequate head and leg room, the seat itself is a little too hard, particularly in the lower back region.
The back two bucket seats aren’t the most pleasant for daily usage, but the sculpted seats keep you in place when the Purosangue is driven like a Ferrari. The boot of the Purosangue is a respectable but not exceptional 473 litres, and it is purely a four-seater with no room for a middle passenger.
The driver’s seat is the best place to be in any Ferrari, and the Purosangue’s cockpit is undoubtedly the place to be. High-quality materials comparable to those found inside a Lamborghini or a Porsche are everywhere around you. Forward vision is good from the high driving position, and you can see well past the long hood that lowers away. The back view, however, which is only partially visible via the small window, cannot be said the same. Also missing is a rear wiper. Ferrari claims that you don’t need one since the air flow is aimed to blast water and filth away, but we are unsure of its efficacy in the grimy monsoon circumstances.
The large flat-bottomed steering wheel is comfortable to use but has an excessive number of buttons, including the turn indicators, which may be confusing. On either side of the steering wheel, there are just capacitive touchpads instead of buttons, and even the button to start the engine is touch-sensitive rather than a real button. The appeal of igniting the V12 is somewhat diminished by this.