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Ferrari Purosangue debuts as the Prancing Horse’s first-ever 4-door high-rider

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Well, here it is then. A 5-year-long wait has finally come to an end, and while we should let the time decide whether it was worth the wait or not, I think we should be part of the celebrations. Pricing information is officially not available just yet, but according to reports, the Ferrari Purosangue commands a starting price of €390,000. But if you’d like to play, the online configurator is already live.

Ferrari is not classifying the Purosangue as an SUV or a crossover. Instead, it describes the vehicle as the company’s “first-ever four-door, four-seater car”. Indeed, it barely looks like an SUV, isn’t it? It looks more like a two-door hot-hatch, especially when viewed from three-quarter angles. And, as predicted by experts back in 2017, the rear doors have no handles, justifying Ferrari’s classification of the Purosangue as a four-door sports car. So how do you open the rear door from the outside then? I’m not sure just yet, but from the inside, just a press of a button on the B-pillar will automatically close the door.

The left image shows how the air flows around and through the car itself. There’s no wiper at the rear; instead, the air flow is used as a virtual wiper. The chassis is mostly made of high-strength aluminium alloy with high-strength steel used in key safety areas. The bodyshell materials include aluminium, carbon fibre, and of course, high-strength steel for key areas. The rear hatch is made of aluminium and is electrically activated. For the roof, you get to choose between a full-length electrochromic glass roof and a full carbon fibre roof. The engine and the transfer case (branded as Power Transfer Unit/PTU) are at the front (mid-front mounting) while the gearbox is at the rear for a 49:51 weight distribution. Ferrari claims a dry weight (with optional lightweight content) of 2,033 kg (4,482 lbs).

What else I can tell you? Oh yea, the active suspension employs Multimatic’s True Active Spool Valve (TASV) System, combining electric motor actuation with high-precision spool valve hydraulic dampers, thus offering cornering performance like no other crossover, well, at least on papers for now. Other key highlights include four-wheel-steering, Side Slip Control (SSC) 8.0 and Bosch ABS EVO.

For those interested to know the dimensions, the Purosangue measures 4,973 mm long, 2,028 mm wide and 1,589 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3,018 mm. The fuel tank can hold 100 litres (26.4 gallons). As standard, the crossover rides on rather large wheels measuring 22-inch at the front and 23-inch at the rear. Brake discs measure 398 x 38 mm at the front and 380 x 34 mm at the rear.

Inside, things look a bit.. interesting. I mean, Ferrari calls the dashboard a “dual-cockpit architecture” where the front passenger gets a 10.25-inch display so that they can “participate in the driving experience”. Where is the central display? Well, there isn’t. Instead, there’s a rotary knob that pops-up for you to adjust your climate and other stuff. The Purosangue will always come with two individual sporty seats at the back, which means there’s no bench seat option. The rear seats come with heating and reclining functions. The front seats offer massaging function.

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A Burmester 3D surround sound system comes standard, as are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Being a luxury automobile means, of course, you’ve to also make a sustainability statement these days. Which is why the fabric roof lining is made of recycled polyester, the carpet is made from recycled fishing nets, and there’s also a new type of Alcantara made from recycled polyester.

Standard ADAS suite includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Auto High Beam, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Driver Drowsiness and Attention. Hill Descent Control makes its debut in a Ferrari for the first time.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the Purosangue packs a 6.5-litre (6,496 cc) naturally aspirated V12 motor paired with an 8-speed DCT from Magna. Intake, timing and exhaust systems have been completely redesigned, says the company, while the cylinder heads are derived from the 812 Competizione. The output figures are 533 kW (725 metric hp) at 7,750 rpm and 716 Nm (528 lb-ft) of torque at 6,250 rpm. The engine revs up to 8,250 rpm. The official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 3.3 seconds; the top speed is over 310 km/h (193 mph).

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