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All about the Ferrari Purosangue and why it’s definitely not an SUV

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espite having four doors and four seats, Ferrari maintains that the Purosangue is not an SUV, but a sports car.

At just five metres long, two metres wide, and just over 1.5m high, it’s certainly smaller than your average SUV – and it has the classic Ferrari power to earn it a spot as a sports car.

The 6.5-litre V12 brings 715 brake horsepower and 528lb per foot torque, with a range up to a staggering 8,250rpm. With all that power behind it, Ferrari claims its latest reveal can hit 62mph in 3.3 seconds, blast from 0-124mph in just 10.6 seconds, and reach speeds past 192mph.

When you’re travelling at those speeds, you definitely want a prancing horse rather than a clumsy donkey. The handling is also covered with the Purosangue, equipped with 22-inch rims up front and 23-inch at the rear. The tyres are deliberately low-profile, padded with ceramic brakes.

Even for a car that weighs 2,033kg, early tests show that it can handle like any smaller Ferrari, especially if you configure it with every carbon-fibre option available – which is a lot.

To balance the power and handling, Ferrari has come up with a new heavy-duty suspension. Borrowed from racecar experts Multimatic, they’ve developed a fast-reacting electric motor for each shock absorber to enhance comfort on board.

Inside, you get all the luxuries a Ferrari driver would want, from bucket seats with individual climate zones to the option to insert a glass panel in the carbon-fibre roof.

Ferrari has also made another first by offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. This addition means there’s no sat nav required.

While the Purosangue has tiptoed into sustainable areas with minor gestures, like recycled polyester headlining and reclaimed fishing-net fibres in the carpet, there’s no sign that it will be converted into an electric or even hybrid version.

Of course, Ferrari levels of quality and luxury don’t come cheap. Here’s how much the Purosangue would set you back.

What is the Ferrari Purosangue price?

With prices set to start at €390,00 (£337,000) it’s roughly double the price of other sporty SUVs, like the Lamborghini Urus, Aston Martin DBX, or Bentley Bentayga.

Purosangue sales will be capped at 20 per cent of its total output, according to Ferrari, keeping the not-SUV a rare sight on the road.

Plus, there won’t be a right-hand-drive version available until late 2023 at the earliest. Just another excuse to make the trip to Ferrari’s homeland.

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