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Images of Ferrari’s new SUV leaked online

New Purosangue takes cues from Roma GT, could be powered by V6, V8 or V12

23 Feb 2022

LEAKED images that appear to show a production version of Ferrari’s upcoming Purosangue SUV have been leaked on social media ahead of the new model’s official reveal later this year. Predictably, the appearance of the all-wheel-drive Prancing Horse has sparked much debate. 


A couple of grainy images have appeared on a variety of Instagram accounts that show the front three-quarter and rear designs of the new model, whose name translates into “Pureblood”.


There’s been much speculation about the final design of the Maranello-based firm’s super-SUV and, probably to Ferrari traditionalists relief, the Purosangue does not have an upright stance, bluff front-end and squared-off corners of traditional bruiser-cruiser large luxury SUVs – its extended nose section, four doors, and a sloping roofline are more reminiscent of the – dare we say it – crossover’s V12-engined GTC4Lusso and FF forebears, both of which had all-wheel drivetrains.


In fact, the Purosangue appears to co-opt several cues from its recently released Roma 2+2 GT 

sibling (with which it is likely to share a platform). Note the front-end design, which also features recessed headlights, as well as the full-width light bar, which connects the LED tail-light cluster.


A sharp cutline runs from the leading edge of the contoured bonnet to create a scooped-out portion over the front door/fender, while the singed waistline features black plastic cladding.  


As for the engine line-up of this rival to the Aston Martin DBX707, Lamborghini Urus and top-end Porsche Cayenne Coupe – heck, even the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, reports suggest the line-up could begin with the 3.0-litre turbo-petrol V6 hybrid (introduced in the 296 GTB last June), followed by a 3.9-litre turbo-petrol V8 engine, perhaps with electric assistance.


Performance enthusiasts will be hoping that a naturally aspirated V12 based on the 588kW 6.5-litre unit found in the Ferrari 812 will top off the range, but that fact has not been confirmed. 


It’s also possible the Purosangue will be offered with an all-electric drivetrain as early as 2024.

We will have to wait and see whether the SUV will use the same complex all-paw system as its predecessors did, or feature a simpler, more traditional all-wheel-drive system (as its rivals do).


Recently, amid a lengthy document that outlined the success of its 2021 financial year results, Ferrari included the production timing of the Purosangue. The document revealed production of the model would “commence in 2022 with (first) deliveries starting in 2023”. 


This leads us to believe that the super SUV will only debut in the Australian market around this point if next year.


As for Ferrari’s 2021 financial results, the news is good. The Italian company totalled shipments of 11,155 units in 2021, up 2036 units or 22.3 per cent on the year prior. Sales of eight-cylinder vehicles were up 34.6 per cent on 2021 with V12 sales falling 16.1 per cent due mainly to the reduced volume of the 812 Superfast which was phased out over the last 12 months.


Ferrari says all geographic regions in which it sells reported double digit growth through to December 2021. EMEA markets rose 14 per cent, the Americas 21.8 per cent, the remainder of the APAC markets 27.2 per cent, and mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan up a combined 97.1 per cent on the previous year.


Net revenues for 2021 were listed at 4.3 billion Euro ($A6.7 billion), a rise of 26.0 per cent. Ferrari attributes much of the growth to what it says is “a richer product mix more than offset by the negative impact from the Monza SP1 and SP2 phase out”. 


The company is also expected to begin deliveries its Daytona SP3 in late 2022 or early 2023.

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