Ferrari on Tuesday revealed its new Purosangue, the 75-year-old sports carmaker’s first-ever four-door production vehicle.
The Purosangue looks like an SUV, akin to other luxury sports SUVs from brands like Porsche and Maserati.
But despite its size, shape, and higher stance, the company insists that the Purosangue – which means “thoroughbred” in Italian – is a sports car, designed from the ground up as a true Ferrari.
The Purosangue will start at 390,000 euros ($389,000) in Italy, Ferrari said, making it the company’s second most expensive production model behind the 440,000-euro SF90 hybrid sports car.
It may not have a traditional Ferrari shape, but it will sound like a Ferrari. The new model is powered by a 6.5-liter, 715-horsepower V-12 engine that is mounted behind the front axle, rather than over it as with most SUVs and crossovers.
Ferrari said the location of the engine – and of the Purosangue’s transaxle, mounted at the rear – distributes the vehicle’s weight almost evenly among the four wheels, improving its handling.
While Ferrari is best known for its two-seat sports cars, the company has been building four-seaters since the early 1960s, and all-wheel-drive models since the FF coupe was introduced in 2011.
But even Ferrari admits the Purosangue moves the storied brand into new territory.