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Ferrari unveils Purosangue, a 4-door, V-12-powered sports car

Ferrari unveils Purosangue, a 4-door, V-12-powered sports car

Ferrari Purosangue

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Ferrari unveiled its new Purosangue on Tuesday, the 75-year-old sports car manufacturer’s first four-door production vehicle.

The Purosangue looks like an SUV, akin to other luxury sports SUVs from brands like Porsche and Maserati. But despite its size, shape and taller stature, the company maintains that the Purosangue – meaning ‘thoroughbred’ in Italian – is a sports car, designed from the ground up like a real Ferrari.

The Purosangue may not have a traditional Ferrari shape, but it will sound like a Ferrari. The new model is powered by a 6.5-liter, 715-horsepower V-12 engine mounted behind the front axle, rather than over it, as found on most SUVs and crossovers.

Ferrari said the location of the engine – and of the Purosangue’s transaxle, which is mounted at the rear – distributes the vehicle’s weight almost evenly among the four wheels, improving handling.

Although Ferrari is best known for its two-seater sports cars, the company has been building four-seaters and four-wheel drive models since the early 1960s since the introduction of the FF coupe in 2011. But even Ferrari admits that the Purosangue has taken the legendary brand into new territory. .

Ferrari Purosangue

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The Purosangue will start in Italy at €390,000 ($389,000), Ferrari said, making it the company’s second most expensive production model after the €440,000 SF90 hybrid sports car.

Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2023 in Europe, in the third quarter in the United States and by the end of next year in other global markets, the automaker said.

Despite its hefty starting price, the Purosangue is likely to be popular with Ferrari’s affluent customers.

Rival Porsche’s two SUVs, the Cayenne and Macan, together accounted for about 55% of Porsche production in 2021. But Ferrari won’t let the Purosangue become as popular: The company plans to limit production of the Purosangue to no more than 20% of the total annual production, or only about 3,000 units per year.