Purosangue, a Ferrari unlike any other
The Maranello-based automaker has launched its first four-seater, four-door Ferrari
Purosangue (Thoroughbred) and, thus, unlike any other. Ferrari’s newcomer is a car that opens up a totally new scenario for the Maranello company, which launches on the international market its first-ever four-seat and four-door car. The name is a sort of tribute to the symbol of Ferrari which, with this car, turns years of hard work and the fans’ suggestions into a reality.
Since the marque’s earliest years, 2+2 cars (i.e. with two front and two smaller back seats) have played a significant role in Ferrari’s strategy. Now, in the culmination of 75 years of leading-edge research, Ferrari has created a car that is unique on the world stage: not only do performance, driving pleasure and comfort coexist in perfect harmony, but it is also a peerless encapsulation of the Prancing Horse’s iconic DNA.
With a completely different layout and innovative proportions compared to modern GT archetypes (so-called crossovers and SUVs, with the engine mounted forwards in the car), the Purosangue has a mid-front-mounted engine with the gearbox at the rear to create a sporty transaxle layout. The Power Transfer Unit (PTU) is coupled in front of the engine to provide a unique 4x4 transmission.
The Purosangue is the only car with these proportions to sport a mid-front-mounted, naturally-aspirated V12: Maranello’s most iconic engine debuts in this brand new configuration to ensure the car unleashes more power than any other in the segment (725 cv) whilst guaranteeing the most enthralling Ferrari engine soundtrack.
Ferrari has also given the Purosangue the very latest iterations of the vehicle dynamic control systems introduced on its most powerful and exclusive sports cars, including independent four-wheel steering and ABS ‘evo’ with the 6-way Chassis Dynamic Sensor (6w-CDS).
The all-new chassis has a carbon-fibre roof as standard to keep weight down and lower the centre of gravity.
The cabin has four generous heated electric seats that will comfortably accommodate four adults. The boot is the largest ever seen on a Ferrari and the rear seats fold to increase the luggage space.
The Purosangue offers class-leading performance figures (from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 s and from 0 to 200 in 10.6 s); there is a vast array of comfort-focused content as standard, such as the Burmester audio system, and that the many optional extras including the brand-new Alcantara upholstery, derived from certified recycled polyester.
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.
So the F140IA’s soundtrack is a superb example of integration between the glorious symphony created by the engine’s combustion sequence and Ferrari’s ability to control the acoustics in the cabin, that demanded absolutely meticulous design of both the space and furnishings as well as careful selection of the materials used to offer unprecedented occupant space and comfort for a Ferrari four-seater.
The cabin looks and feels like an extremely elegant, sporty lounge. All of the forms are deliberately compact to optimise both the available space and its ergonomics.
The driver’s cockpit is inspired by the SF90 Stradale and is almost exactly mirrored on the passenger side. This creates an unparalleled feeling of emotional engagement for the front passenger, aided and abetted by a 10.2” display that provides all the information required to help them participate in the driving experience.
The tunnel, which has been given a luxury trim, is combined with a Y-shaped structural element dominated by the metal gear-shift gate. The four seats are separate and independently adjustable. 85% of the launch trim for the car was sustainably produced: the fabric roof-lining is recycled polyester, the carpet is made from polyamide recycled from fishing nets retrieved from the oceans and newly formulated Alcantara.
The Purosangue is the very first car in the world to use this special version of Alcantara made of 68% of post-consumer recycled polyester.
For this version of the material, Alcantara obtained the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certification from ICEA, a leading international standard that verifies recycled material and tracks it from the source to the final product.
About exterior: the Purosangue’s bodywork has been deftly sculpted and chiselled to create its unique shape. The design features two separate and distinct levels: the lower more technical underbody and the gloriously sinuous, imposing upperbody. The Purosangue’s form was conceived as a sculpture that showcases and heightens its stunning aerodynamic development: when the front and rear doors are opened together, the interior seems bigger than imagined when they are closed, thanks to the meticulous work lavished on keeping the roof proportions compact.
At the end the personalisation, with a vast range of optional content that will allow every owner to strike the perfect balance between comfort and performance: in a Ferrari first, owners are being offered the opportunity to personalise the roof of their car. They can opt for a full-length electrochromic glass roof instead of the carbon-fibre version offered as standard.