By Otsile Kadiege
After countless spyshots and renders surfacing on the internet, Ferrari recently unveiled the all-new Purosangue, the first ever four-door, four-seater car in the Prancing Horse’s 75-year history. The newcomer, which was unveiled at the magnificently atmospheric surroundings of the Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico (Pisa), boasts an athletic design, a raft of technologies (some sourced from a few of the automaker’s models), a carbon fibre chassis and a naturally-aspirated V12 powertrain to list a few.
A bold, dynamic concoction
The Ferrari Purosangue’s bodywork has been deftly sculpted and chiselled to create its unique shape. The front of the car flows back seamlessly into the flanks and develops on several levels developing a dynamic, horizontal language. The Purosangue doesn’t have a front grille – this is been replaced by a dihedral suspended on the lower section delivering a more technical aesthetic. Two shells create a suspended disc form with a slot that houses the camera and parking sensors, so that they are integrated seamlessly into the car’s shape. At each side of the bonnet are the DLRs which are set between two pairs of air intakes which meld into the upper part of the flanks, underscoring the styling theme. The result is that the Purosangue’s front styling is dominated by blown aero ducts rather than headlights.
The aerobridge theme characterises the flanks as the form runs along the side, becoming the main styling theme and creating a dihedral shape which ends in the imposing rear muscle. The wheelarch trim treatment reveals the Purosangue’s second skin beneath the bodywork. The functional and technical elements become a second visual layer and this creates the impression almost of a floating coupé.
The rear muscles dive into the tail where a horizontal cut line incorporates the taillights at its tips. Beneath the latter, two scoops converge into two vents. An imposing diffuser and the large rear wings combine to make the tail look impressively wide with the sporty cabin sitting low over this volume. Its compact dimensions were pivotal to lending the car a sporty bearing without sacrificing occupant space and comfort.
Specific forged wheels were designed for the Purosangue based on the same aero concept as those on the SF90 Stradale, in which radial elements on the outer channel facilitate hot air extraction from the wheelarch. These aero appendages emerge from three-dimensional surfaces and are highlighted with an elegant diamond-cut finish.
The exterior dimensions of the new Purasongue are as follows: length: 4973 mm, width: 2028 mm, height: 1589 mm and a wheelbase: 3018 mm.
Sporty yet elegant interior
Inside, the new Purasongue’s cabin looks and feels like an extremely elegant, sporty lounge. The driver’s cockpit is inspired by the SF90 Stradale and is almost exactly mirrored on the passenger side thanks to a a 10.2-inch display that provides that provides all the driver display information.
Other interior highlights include the dual cockpit dashboard concept, a Y-shaped structural element dominated by the metal gear-shift gate, double cup holder made of glass, four separate and independently adjustable seats and extensive use of sustainable materials throughout the Purasongue’s cabin to list a few.
Nestled underneath the sculpted bonnet of the Purasongue is a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine (code-named F140IA) which revs all the way up to 8250rpm. It’s mated to an 8-speed F1 DCT gearbox and develops a whooping 533kW at 7750rpm and 716Nm at 6250rpm. Ferrari claims the Purasongue accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 310km/h.
Intake, timing and exhaust systems have been completely redesigned, while the cylinder heads are derived from the 812 Competizione. Huge attention was lavished on improving mechanical and combustion efficiency, employing Formula 1-inspired calibration concepts. The result is that the most powerful engine ever developed by Ferrari for a four-seater car is also the most powerful in its segment, as well as the only one capable of delivering that instantly recognisable Ferrari V12 soundtrack.
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