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We’re pretty sure that not too long ago that Ferrari wasn’t too keen on entering the new highly competitive world of Sports Utility Vehicles but seeing what’s been brought to the market over the years and the likelihood of very good sales, the Italian automaker announced their commencement of an SUV that would wear the prancing horse badge. Sister company Maserati Levante and so we all thought that the Ferrari incarnation would be similar and would likely employ the same kind of architecture as well as the 432 kW (580 hp) V8 powerplant. We all thought wrong, very wrong. The overnight release of the car was more impressive than expected, those spy shots seen over the last few months didn’t point to an SUV as cool as what we now see. It makes sense that the styling and dimensions of the SUV would be almost outlandish, it needed to have that ‘wow’ factor thanks in-part to the millionaires of the world clambering to purchase rival company Lamborghini’s Urus SUV. The Maranello offering needed to not only compete on every level, but be better.

It’s a toss up as to which looks best, styling is a subjective thing but this all-new Ferrari Purosangue looks amazing. Those rear doors in suicide configuration (rear-hinged) are just amazing, if you don’t look closely you’d swear the Purosangue is a 2-door SUV. This thing certainly has all the right lines in all the right places. The first images we saw made us love the front end, then the side images made us like that side profile and then finally that rear-end is just awesome. It’s a good thing because that’s likely the angle most people will see on the roads, this is a performance SUV after all. Ferrari knows performance all too well and they knew the powerplant had to be something special. Instead of the usual twin-turbocharged V8 engine or something featuring electronic assistance like the SF90, the engineers decided to use the iconic F140IA engine. A hybrid powertrain will be available though, but the V12 would be our choice no matter what.
This Ferrari F140IA is the monstrous normally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 that churns out a whopping 533 kW (715 hp) with torque up at 716 Nm. This engine is coupled to an 8-speed DCT transmission and power is sent to all four wheels. This combination sees the Ferrari Purosangue able to do the measured 0-100 km/h in as little as a claimed 3.3-seconds, it can hit 200 km/h in 10.6-seconds and has a claimed max top speed of a fast 310 km/h. Electric powertrains usually see better performance off the line than their gas-guzzling counterparts, but that would be a very tall order in this case. Interestingly, this ICE setup has 572 Nm of that massive torque figure available from just 2 100 rpm while all of it comes in at 6 250 rpm.

The Ferrari Purosangue will go on sale for an estimated R7 000 000 (ex taxes and shipping) or $400 000 in world market money. We can't wait to spot these on our roads, and are very keen to see what the aftermarket world creates for these Italian SUVs.

Take a look at the YouTube video from the folk at Ferrari that gives an overview of the Italian automaker's first attempt at an SUV that resulted in this monster V12 Purosangue: Introducing the new Ferrari Purosangue | Ferrari

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