2023 Ferrari Purosangue V12 SUV is here to make money and break the brains of purists

Ferrari finally did it, folks: It gave up on making high-performance luxury SUVs. Wrong, sorry – FUV, apparently stands for “Ferrari Utility Vehicle”. This is the 2023 Ferrari Purosangue with a 715-horsepower, naturally aspirated V12 engine and rear-hinged rear doors.

We’ve seen a lot of trailers and heard the V12 engine, but now we’ve seen the whole thing. This isn’t a hardcore off-roader, but an enlarged Ferrari for the road, complete with a sleek fastback roofline and a large rear hatch. It’s Ferrari’s first four-door four-seater, comfortable, luxurious and fast – more like an extension of Ferrari’s long 2+2 coupĂ© history.

Let’s start by talking about Purosangue’s party piece: V12. Ferrari almost paid a huge price in making its first SUV a “true Ferrari”, packing a 6.5-liter V12 under the Purosangue’s long hood, which is good for 715 horsepower and 528 pound-feet of torque. benefit. According to Ferrari, 80 percent of that torque is only available at 2,100 rpm, which should make it an explosive drive. Ferrari claims a zero to 62 mph time of just 3.3 seconds and a zero to 124 mph time of 10.6 seconds.

The V12 itself, codenamed F140IA, features a 65-degree angle between the Vs, high-pressure direct injection, dry sump, equal-length exhaust manifold, cylinder heads derived from the 812 Competizione, and an 8,250-rpm redline. Ferrari says its engineers even delved into its F1 knowledge base to create a system that identifies the octane level of fuel in the tank and adjusts the timing to accommodate it. All in all, the F140IA engine is enough to make the Purosangue the most powerful four-seater Ferrari has ever built.

There’s a reason the Purosangue has a long hood – the V12 engine is front-mid-mounted, and the transmission is a rear-mounted eight-speed oil-bath dual-clutch transaxle, giving the Purosangue a 49:51 weight distribution. The power transfer unit sits in front of the V12 , to achieve four-wheel drive.

The body isn’t as pretty as those classic 2+2s Ferraris try to lump the Purosangue into, but it’s very functional. Ferrari has spent a lot of time developing the aerodynamics of the body, rear diffuser and underbody to allow the Purosangue to move through the air as efficiently as possible. The front bumper and wheel arch trim actually form an air curtain that aerodynamically “seals” the front wheels and prevents turbulence there. There’s also a suspended rear spoiler atop the hatch to further optimise how the Purosangue moves through the air.

One of the Purosangue’s coolest features is its power rear-hinged rear doors — much like those on a Rolls-Royce — which Ferrari calls “welcome doors.” These designs are more compact than standard front-hinged doors, while still giving passengers a decent amount of room for entry and exit. As you might expect, the Purosangue has the largest rear hatch space Ferrari has ever had, but if that’s not enough, the rear seats can also be folded down. The hood is also hinged at the front to echo some of Ferrari’s iconic models.

The Purosangue’s chassis is designed to be very rigid, using high-strength aluminum alloys in its substructure and spaceframe design. Ferrari makes extensive use of thin-walled hollow castings to keep structural rigidity high but light weight. High-strength steel is used in areas that require the most reinforcement, such as those most important for crash protection reasons.

Ferrari developed a new active suspension system for the Purosangue to reduce the effects of body roll and optimize bump handling, making the large SUV feel more like a sports car. Making an SUV that doesn’t feel like an SUV is obviously a big deal, as Ferrari has paid special attention to keeping the Purosangue’s center of gravity as low as possible. There’s a carbon fiber roof standard, although a full-length electrochromic glass roof is available as an option. The driving position is also closer to the floor than most SUVs in an attempt to make it look more like a car. Ferrari says the height of the gearbox alone has been reduced by 15mm by using a more compact clutch assembly and dry sump system.

The Purosangue also benefits from the hit list of other modern Ferrari models: independent four-wheel steering, the latest version of Vehicle Dynamics Control and a standard Burmester sound system.

So, whether you think the Purosangue is pure heresy or not, it sounds like it should be fun to drive. What do you think?

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