A new tester for Ferrari’s Purosangue crossover has reappeared, and this time it’s wearing a production body shell.
The month that slammed the previous test mules looks like Levantes, the latest spy shots show a prototype with several production-bound elements. While still heavily disguised, we see that the prototype bears some resemblance to the design of the front Ferrari Roma coupe. We also see a hatchback rear like the big carbon-ceramic brake rotor and the Ferrari GTC4 Luso, a model that will directly replace the Purosangue.
Former Ferrari CEO Luis Camilleri unveiled the full name for the crossover in 2018, which is Italian for “full”. He said the car would not hit the market in 2020 as his predecessor Sergio Marcion had envisioned. Instead, Camilleri stressed the need to “perfect” the controversial addition to Ferrari’s lineup, which means its development will not be rushed. The debut is now expected to take place later this year, which means we should have it as a 2023 model. Ferrari should make its debut in March with the release of a revealing teaser.
Purosangue’s underpinning will be a new front mid-engine platform Ferrari has built for its future Grand Turing models, replacing the Portofino, Roma and 812 Superfast. The platform complements the new mid-engine architecture that debuted on the SF90 Stradale and has since appeared on the 296 GTB.
Both platforms incorporate hybrid technology but the front mid-engine platform allows for a non-electrified all-wheel-drive system and the possibility of two rows of seats for a maximum of four seats. The front mid-engine platform features a Transaxel transmission, especially a dual-clutch automatic unit, for better weight balance and packaging.
A V-12 engine, possibly with some sort of electrification, is expected to be delivered to Purasangu in addition to a base V-8 that has been electrified in addition to a base V-8. Interestingly, Ferrari’s first battery-electric car will be a crossover by 2025, probably a variant of the Purosangue.
Teaser 6 of the debut of Ferrari Porsangu in 2022
It’s not clear what utility Purosangue will offer but we’ve heard before it will come with four doors. The rear doors could end up being as suicidal-style doors as the Mazda RX-8 sports car, allowing Ferrari’s design team to preserve the side view like a sporty coupe.
Following the debut of the Purosangue, Ferrari is expected to finally introduce its successor to LaFerrari, a car that will be related to the Le Mans mating hypercar racer from Pressing Horse, which will compete in the hypercar class at the World Endurance Championships from 2023. We should see this too. A replaceable option has been added to the 296 GTB.