With the Ferrari Purosangue expected to arrive as early as 2022, purists will no doubt be doubly dismayed to discover that the “thoroughbred” will, allegedly, usher in a family of SUVs.
That’s according to CAR Magazine, which reports that two new crossovers are in the works in Maranello. Codenamed F244 and F245, the high-riding Ferraris could cash in on the success of models from rival brands like the Lamborghini Urus.
The report is interesting, because the manufacturer at the leading edge of super-crossovers, Porsche, has only two: the Cayenne and the Macan. Thus, for a company with a significantly smaller annual output like Ferrari to put out three SUVs would be quite unusual.
It seems unlikely that Ferrari would make something so small like the Macan, and a massive BMW X7-size SUV would hardly fit in with the rest of Ferrari’s ethos.
With hybridization becoming more and more required of European automakers, it also seems possible that the Purosangue and any potential followups will use electrified powertrains. For now, though, Ferrari has a turbocharged V8, a big V12, and there’s apparently a V6 hybrid package that should be ready by 2022.
Whatever ends up going under the hood of the Purosangue, it will inevitably be compared to other super-crossovers like the Urus, the Aston Martin DBX, and the Cayenne. That means it will have to compete with beasts that produce 675 hp on the upper end of the scale.
An all-wheel-drive system is also de-rigueur in this class, so Ferrari will use the experience learned from the FF and the GTC4Lusso, as the Purosangue will be tarmac, rather than off-road, oriented. If it does end up going the hybrid route, there’s also the potential to split the drivetrain between the axles.
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