The Ferrari Purosangue will be the brand's first SUV and could use a V6, V8 or V12
The technological underpinnings of the newly launched Ferrari Roma GT are to be used to support the most controversial vehicle planned in Ferrari’s 15 car-strong new-product push: the Purosangue SUV.
Termed an ‘FUV’ by Ferrari marketeers, and due to be unveiled in 2021, the Ferrari Purosangue will use an adapted version of a modular, multi-material, front-engined platform making its debut under the Roma. Ferrari chief technology officer Michael Lieters explained the technology to Auto Express at the Roma unveiling.
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“In general we will have two families of architecture – front- and rear-engine families,” he told us. “The modularity is there, and especially on the front-engined architecture we have to foresee many more models. We have a 2+2, we have a 4+, we are thinking about Purosangue, and so on.”
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Plug-in power is thought to be Ferrari’s preferred option for the Purosangue, and Lieters explained that the four-wheel-drive-capable platform is compatible with V6, V8 and V12 engines.
The next V12 Ferrari is very unlikely to be the SUV, but according to chief marketing officer Enrico Galliera, attention has already turned towards what comes after this 15-strong new-car push – the brand’s next ultimate flagship model to succeed the LaFerrari.
“Yes, we are working on the next hypercar, which will come after 2022,” said Galliera, speaking exclusively to Auto Express.
Galliera hinted that the next hypercar wouldn’t deliver a power output to beat the new 986bhp, plug-in hybrid SF-90. Instead, the Ferrari exec suggested its philosophy will instead major on lightness, controllability and aerodynamics. As such, it could shape up as a rival for the Aston Martin Valkyrie, which foregoes heavy hybrid technology.
Ferrari will continue to develop its 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12, and combining this with heavy battery tech is not favoured by the marque’s engineers. “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 confirmed that a fully electric Ferrari is not in the product plan.
“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.”
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