Coined an ‘FUV’ by the Ferrari marketing team, we have been told to expect the Purosangue in showrooms by 2022.
The Ferrari Purosangue SUV will take plenty of cues from the recently unveiled Roma GT, and will use its technological base to support Ferrari's most divisive vehicle planned for the 15 car-strong new-product range.
Coined an ‘FUV’ by the Ferrari marketing team, we have been told to expect the Purosangue in showrooms by 2022, after the current CEO of Ferrari, Louis Carey Camilleri, delayed the project by two years.
The Purosangue will use an adapted version of a modular, multi-material, front-engined platform that will first make its debut in the Roma, which Ferrari chief technology officer, Michael Lieters, explained at the Roma unveiling.
“In general we will have two families of architecture – front- and rear-engine families. The modularity is there, and especially on the front-engined architecture we have to foresee many more models. We have a two + two, we have a four +, we are thinking about Purosangue, and so on.”
Ferrari want plug-in power for the Purosangue, and Lieters went on to explain the four-wheel-drive-capable platform is compatible with a a range of V6, V8 and V12 engines.
It is highly unlikely that the next V12 Ferrari will be the SUV, but the chief marketing officer Enrico Galliera has said that attention has already been directed towards the next ultimate flagship Ferrari.
“Yes, we are working on the next hypercar, which will come after 2022,” said Galliera.
He also hinted that the next halo hypercar wouldn’t be aiming to top the power figures of the 986bhp, plug-in hybrid SF-90. He suggested instead that its philosophy will be more centred around lightness, controllability and aerodynamics.
Fortunately, Ferrari will continue to develop the 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12, but Ferrari engineers are not keen on the idea of combining it with heavy battery technology.
“To be honest, electrifying a V12 means creating, very probably, a heavy and big car. So electrification ideally should be coupled with smaller engines,” said Galliera, who also went on to confirm that there are no plans for a fully electric Ferrari.
“The philosophy is to try to be ready with different technologies in order to use them with the necessary evolution,” he added. “That’s why we have a wide range of engines: V12, V8 and, in the future, the V6.”