this is the ferrari purosangue, maranello's first foor-door four-seater with a 715hp v12

The wait is over. Ferrari has finally unveiled its highly anticipated Purosangue SUV and it's not quite what we expect.

In fact, the company is adamant it's not an SUV, and they won't even entertain thoughts of calling it a crossover. Ferrari CEO Benedetto said: “We’re not calling it an SUV. We're not even talking about SUVs.”

That kind of makes sense given the name. Purosangue is Italian for thoroughbred, and presumably, the name was chosen by Ferrari to dispel any notion that an SUV made by them won't be pure Ferrari. Oh right, don't call it an SUV.

this is the ferrari purosangue, maranello's first foor-door four-seater with a 715hp v12

Alright then, let's just call it a very large sports car, which, looking at the Purosangue's rather squat stance, actually isn't too far from the truth.

If the motor is any indication, the Purosangue is 100% Ferrari. Incredibly, the Purosangue is powered by a naturally-aspirated V12. Displacing 6.5 litres, this motor is codenamed F140IA, and produces 715hp and 715nm of torque. The redline is 8,250rpm. And to ensure near 50/50 weight distribution, the motor is nestled as far back behind the front axle and the 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox rests on the rear axle. This is all very Ferrari.

With so much power to call upon, the Purosangue is naturally brisk. 0-100km/h takes 3.3 seconds and if you keep your foot hard on the accelerator, 200km/h will appear on the speedometer in just 10.6 seconds. The top speed is over 300km/h. It also sounds quite excellent when you pin it (just listen to the video above).

To put the power down, the Purosangue has an all-wheel-drive system that's similar to the GTC4Lusso. Power only goes to the front at lower speeds, and the front drive unit completely disengages when the Purosangue is above fourth gear and/or when it's travelling at over 200km/h.

this is the ferrari purosangue, maranello's first foor-door four-seater with a 715hp v12

It may not look like it at first glance but the Purosangue has four doors. The rear doors are electrically-operated and have a backwards-facing hinge that's not unlike a Rolls Royce. Seating is strictly for four, so if you have three little ones, best to consider a Cullinan or Bentayga.

To keep occupants in comfort as you are rumbling along at speed, the Purosangue has a trick suspension system that uses a fast-reacting electric motor to control each damper's stroke. The idea here is that it can firm up the dampers during heavy cornering to reduce roll or slacken them off when travelling over harsh roads.

Availability and pricing

this is the ferrari purosangue, maranello's first foor-door four-seater with a 715hp v12

Unlike some of its rivals, Ferrari does not want the Purosangue to come to define the brand and will therefore limit production to just 20% of its total output. Are they leaving money on the table? It's hard to say because, with prices set to start at close to US$400,000 (~S$559,360), the Purosangue is around double the price of other high-end SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga.

When it arrives on our shores, don't expect much change from S$2 million. Ferrari's best customers can expect to receive theirs sometime toward the end of next year.

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