Lajatico: Ferrari unveiled the Purosangue, the first ever four-door, four-seater car in the Prancing Horse’s 75-year history, in the magnificently atmospheric surroundings of the Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico (Pisa). Purosangue is Italian for ‘thoroughbred’, and an appropriate nomenclature for one of the most unique automobile to emerge from its stable.
To create a car worthy of a place in its range, a completely different layout and innovative proportions compared to modern GT archetypes (so-called crossovers and SUVs) were adopted. The average modern GT’s engine is mounted forward in the car, straddling the front axle with the gearbox coupled directly to it. This results in less than optimal weight distribution that delivers driving dynamics and driving pleasure well short of the standards of excellence to which Prancing Horse clients and enthusiasts have become accustomed.
The Purosangue, on the other hand, has a mid-front-mounted engine with the gearbox at the rear to create a sporty transaxle layout. The Power Transfer Unit (PTU) is coupled in front of the engine to provide a unique 4×4 transmission. This delivers exactly the 49:51% weight distribution that Maranello’s engineers deem optimal for a mid-front-engined sports car.
The Purosangue stands head and shoulders above the rest of the market thanks to its performance and comfort. It is the only car with these proportions to sport a mid-front-mounted, naturally-aspirated V12: Maranello’s most iconic engine debuts in this brand new configuration to ensure the car unleashes more power than any other in the segment (725 cv) while guaranteeing the most enthralling Ferrari engine soundtrack. Furthermore, it can deliver 80% torque even at low revs for enhanced driving pleasure at all times.
The Purosangue’s aero development focused on making the bodywork, underbody and rear diffuser as efficient as possible. New solutions include synergy between the front bumper and wheelarch trim which generates an air curtain that aerodynamically seals the front wheels, preventing turbulent transverse air flows being generated.
Ferrari has also given the Purosangue the very latest iterations of the vehicle dynamic control systems introduced on its most powerful and exclusive sports cars, including independent four-wheel steering and ABS ‘evo’ with the 6-way Chassis Dynamic Sensor (6w-CDS). Making its world debut is the F.A.S.T. (Ferrari Active Suspension Technology) system. This very effectively controls body roll in corners as well as the tyre contact patch over high-frequency bumps to deliver the same performance and handling response as in one of the marque’s sports cars.
The all-new chassis has a carbon-fibre roof as standard to keep weight down and lower the centre of gravity. Redesigning the bodyshell from scratch also meant the designers could incorporate rear-hinged back doors (welcome doors) to make ingress and egress easier while keeping the car as compact as possible. The cabin has four heated electric seats that comfortably accommodate four adults. The boot is the largest ever seen on a Ferrari and the rear seats fold to increase the luggage space. The Purosangue has a more commanding driving position than other Ferraris, but the configuration is the same as on every other Ferrari. As a result, the driving position is still intimate and close to the floor to provide greater connection to the car’s dynamic capabilities.
The Purosangue offers class-leading performance figures (from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 s and from 0 to 200 in 10.6 s); the driving position and the heady, naturally-aspirated V12 soundtrack deliver an entirely new yet also entirely Ferrari driving experience. The fact that a vast array of comfort-focused content is provided as standard, such as the Burmester© audio system, and that the many optional extras including the brand-new Alcantara® upholstery, derived from certified recycled polyester, make the PUROSANGUE the most complete four-door, four-seater in the segment.
The Purosangue’s cabin boasts of meticulous design of both space and furnishings. The cabin looks and feels like an elegant, sporty lounge. When the doors are opened, a generous amount of space is revealed. The sophisticated luxury of the interior exudes a sense of elegance and modernity. Modern design languages harmoniously combine with Ferrari’s signature GT sports aesthetic.
The driver’s cockpit is inspired by the SF90 Stradale and is almost exactly mirrored on the passenger side. This creates an unparalleled feeling of emotional engagement for the front passenger, aided and abetted by a 10.2” display that provides all the information required to help them participate in the driving experience. The Purosangue features the entirely digital interface already adopted for the rest of the range.
The interior architecture is based on the dual cockpit dashboard concept which has been extended and replicated in the back of the car, creating four areas quite distinct in terms of their functionality, volumes, materials and colours. The wraparound forms converge towards the centre embracing the occupants and, through the dialogue between the upholstered volumes and the functional technical areas, underscore the dual cockpit concept both at the front and rear. Comfort-related controls are located on a hideaway rotary interface in the central section of the dash, and the rear passengers have access to the same functions via a second rotary interface.
Less obvious but equally well-designed elements are the window lifter buttons, the elegant double glass cup holder and the key compartment combined with the wireless device charging zone. The lower area has small oddments compartments and, thanks its colours and materials, creates a sense of seamless continuity with the floor. The cockpit extension elements, from the iconic shell shape, integrate and highlight the most powerful audio system ever offered by Ferrari. The comfort-focused upholstered areas integrate armrests and door handles.
For the first time in Ferrari history, the cabin has four separate and independently adjustable seats. The heated backseats can be adjustable and reclined independently. When fully raked forwards, they significantly increase the Purosangue’s luggage capacity.
The Burmester® 3D High-End Surround Sound System also makes its debut in a Ferrari vehicle as standard equipment. It delivers ultimate performance from low to high frequencies, achieved by innovative technologies. The ribbon tweeter makes its first appearance in any production car, and the subwoofer is housed in its own closed cabinet for ultimate bass clarity, power and speed combined with breathtakingly low frequencies. 3D sound, plus additional pre-sets, offers an immersive, exciting and high-quality sound experience that mirrors the car’s unique character.
The Purosangue offers a vast range of optional content and personalisation choices that allows every owner to strike the perfect balance between comfort and performance.
An extended seven-year maintenance programme is also offered with the Purosangue
|Purosangue – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS|
|Type||V12 – 65° – dry sump|
|Overall displacement||6496 cc|
|Bore and stroke||94 mm x 78 mm|
|Max. power output*||725 cv at 7750 rpm|
|Max. torque||716 Nm at 6250 rpm|
|Max. revs||8250 rpm|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT|
|Front track||1720 mm|
|Rear track||1737 mm|
|Dry weight**||2173 kg|
|Dry weight/power ratio||3.0 kg/cv|
|Weight distribution||49% front / 51% rear|
|Fuel tank capacity||100 litres|
|Boot capacity||473 litres|
|TYRES AND WHEELS|
|Front||255/35 R22 J9.0|
|Rear||315/30 R23 J11.0|
|TRANSMISSION AND GEARBOX|
|8-speed F1 DCT|
|SSC 8.0: 4RM-S evo, FAST Active Suspension, F1-Trac, ABS ‘EVO’ with Grip Estimation 2.0, ECS|
|Max. speed||> 312 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||3.3 s|
|0-200 km/h||10.6 s|
|100-0 km/h||32.8 m|
|200-0 km/h||129 m|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS|
* with 98 RON petrol, including 5 cv of dynamic ram
** With optional lightweight content