From Ferrari designer Flavio Manzoni to the late-FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, time and again, FCA/Ferrari officials have denied intentions of ever making a Ferrari SUV, or a Ferrari FUV, as some would love to say. But in 2018, sentiments had changed in the company’s boardroom and the Ferrari Purosangue SUV was announced. Like the customer-driven SUV boom, the government-enforced emission norms necessitating electrification is something Ferrari cannot miss developing new vehicles.
Ferrari is working on not one but at least three SUVs, as per a report from carmagazine.co.uk. The first FUV (Ferrari Utility Vehicle), the Ferrari Purosangue (codename: Ferrari F175), will be a gasoline-electric hybrid model, but the models arriving later will be all-electric.
New skateboard architecture
There have been various speculations about the platform of the Ferrari Purosangue. According to the new report, Ferrari plans to debut a skateboard chassis in the first SUV. Ferrari is going to build the Purosangue on a skateboard platform even though it plans to offer it with only a hybrid powertrain because it has pure electric spin-offs, codenamed ‘Ferrari F244’ and ‘Ferrari F245’, in the pipeline.
Ferrari’s skateboard platform will allow it to package its EVs with up to four motors that together churn out 610 horsepower and a scalable high-voltage Lithium-ion battery pack with a minimum energy storage capacity of 80 kWh. The Ferrari F244 will arrive in 2024, and the Ferrari F245 will follow in 2026. The Ferrari F175 itself is due for launch in early 2022.
The Ferrari F175’s officially announced name is Ferrari Purosangue, which literally means a “thoroughbred” or “pure-bred” Ferrari in Italian. Ferrari is facing some legal challenges in commercializing this name for its first FUV, but if that is sorted out, it’ll continue with the name.
V6/V8 hybrid power for the Ferrari SUV
The first-ever Ferrari SUV will likely sport a hybrid powertrain combining a 4.0-liter V8 engine with electric motor(s) for a net power of 700 hp. There’s speak of a conventional, 800 hp V12 engine as well, and it should be aimed squarely at the purists. A plug-in hybrid system is expected in this family-friendly Ferrari that would be comfortably usable for the daily commute. However, whether it would be the V8 engine-based hybrid powertrain or something else remains to be seen. A brand-new hybrid twin-turbo V6 powertrain shared with a Maserati is also possible, as per a carscoops.com report.
Having produced electrified powertrains for some eight years already (since the LaFerrari), the propulsion system for the Ferrari Purosangue won’t prove challenging for the Italians. It’s actually the design that would be of the most concern, as the bodystyle is all against what Ferrari stands for.
Designed to express dynamism
“The SF90 was a challenge, but the Purosangue SUV is another dimension of complication,” Michael Leiters, Chief Technical Officer, Ferrari, had told topgear.com last month. However, Leiters has successfully worked on introducing an SUV for a pure sports car brand in the past – Porsche, and he is confident about giving another successful performance at the Maranello-based outfit. He was the project manager for the Porsche Cayenne and then the head of the Porsche SUV line-up before joining Ferrari in 2014. Speaking further, he said that the Ferrari Purosangue will not seem a “contradiction” when it is unveiled.
The British magazine’s sources in Maranello say that the Ferrari Purosangue is sportier than the Lamborghini Urus and that the looks would be more about dynamics than off-roading capabilities.
Company sources have indicated a price tag upwards of €300,000 or about $370,000 for the Ferrari Purosangue. U.S. deliveries should be of the top priority for this model the first units should land in showrooms stateside in early 2022. The most widely anticipated Ferrari since the LaFerrari in 2013 could be revealed in the second half of next year.
In other recent electric SUV developments within the exotic brand space, McLaren’s CEO has said no to a McLaren SUV or a McLaren EV.
Ferrari Purosangue FAQs
What is the Ferrari Purosangue release date?
Ferrari could unveil the Purosangue SUV in 2021 before opening sales in early 2022.
What will be the price of the Ferrari Purosangue?
The Ferrari Purosangue price could hover around the $350,000 mark.
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