The arrival of the first SUV from Maranello is now a matter of months. Ferrari Thoroughbred, the first high-wheeled model of the Prancing Horse will debut by the end of 2021, with the first models expected to be delivered next year, thus formalizing the Italian brand’s entry into a segment never explored before. Ferrari has already reiterated several times that the SUV will be a very important challenge that will be faced without giving up those fundamental characteristics of design and style that are part of Maranello’s DNA. The FUV (Ferrari Utility Vehicle), as defined by the Cavallino, has been spotted several times on the road in the past months, with a forklift based on Maserati Levante that has carried out several tests in Italy, Sweden and Germany.
At Maranello there is great reserve around this car but it is clear the goal will be to establish itself in a segment in which the main competitor is Lamborghini Urus: the step taken by the Sant’Agata Bolognese company in 2017 was almost a leap into the void but it paid off the Toro brand with excellent results on the market. Ferrari will try to pursue the same goal, convincing customers accustomed to the more classic 2 + 2 that even a Cavallino SUV can represent a model in line with the history and evolution of the Maranello brand. He had also thought about pushing on this point a few months ago Micheal Leiters, head of engineering at Ferrari: “I am convinced of this car and of the technical concept. I think we have found a solution and an overall structure that on the one hand proves to be a true SUV and will convince customers who love this genre to buy Purosangue, but on the other hand expresses completely new concepts compared to currently existing SUVs. “
The design could re-propose some of the solutions seen on the Ferrari Roma, in particular the grille and headlights even if a distinctive and unique style cannot be excluded. With Roma, however, the Purosangue will certainly share the new platform, which will also allow the use of engines with a different split. At the moment it seems certain the use of the new 3.9-liter V8 engine, with or without hybridization. If the setting of the SF90 Stradale is chosen, it is easy to think that the powertrain will be reduced, remaining on the 620 HP to which the power boost of the electric unit would be added. The range is also expected to include the new V6 hybrid, brought to its debut by the 296 GTB, with the latter representing the entry level in the Ferrari Purosangue offering. All-wheel drive it should be ensured on all versions, although a front-wheel drive variant cannot be ruled out. In some tests on the snows of Sweden, the roar of the engine, albeit far away, made us think of the use of the V12. If the twelve-cylinder were confirmed, the Ferrari Purosangue could be proposed with a power exceeding 800 hp, a choice also dictated by the desire to excel over the Lamborghini Urus.