Ferrari confirms Purosangue SUV, LaFerrari replacement, hybrid powertrains, V6 engine family

Ferrari confirms Purosangue SUV, LaFerrari replacement, hybrid powertrains, V6 engine family

Ferrari unveiled its latest five-year plan on its Capital Markets Day this week, together with the new Monza SP1 and SP2 speedsters. Maranello has big plans this time around, with a slew of high-profile announcements confirming many things that have long been rumoured and suggested.

By far the biggest news is that Ferrari has finally, definitively confirmed that it is building an SUV. Only it insists it’s not an SUV, but a whole new breed of Ferrari, called Purosangue. This translates to “thoroughbred”, suggesting that, despite how blasphemous a Ferrari SUV would be, it is truly deserving of the Prancing Horse shield – we’ll just have to wait and see.

The Purosangue will ride on a new front-engined, rear-wheel drive platform, which will have a rear transaxle and the option of all-wheel drive – likely a similar system to the GTC4Lusso‘s, with a separate front gearbox. This is one of two modular platforms the company will use moving forward, the other being a mid-engined platform that will be used by the successor to the 488 GTB/Spider.

Ferrari confirms Purosangue SUV, LaFerrari replacement, hybrid powertrains, V6 engine family

The latter platform will also underpin a new, more powerful supercar that will sit atop Ferrari’s mainstream range. Both mid-engined models – as well as the current front-engined 812 Superfast – will form the sports car side of Ferrari’s four-pronged product line, which will also include gran turismos (Portofino, GTC4Lusso), Special Series models (488 Pista) and the new, limited edition Icona models (Monza SP1, SP2).

The gran turismo lineup will also feature a new model with more classical styling referencing Ferrari’s vast and illustrious back catalogue, while at the sharp end of the range, a replacement for the LaFerrari has also been confirmed – although that’s only coming in the company’s next mid-term plan. All in all, as many as 15 new vehicles will be introduced by 2022, with the Purosangue slated to arrive closer to the end of this period.

Also outlined is Ferrari’s powertrain strategy, which will continue to utilise a naturally-aspirated V12 – the “pinnacle of Ferrari,” said the company – and a turbocharged V8, both of which will be continuously improved and upgraded with new technologies. There will also be an all-new V6 family that will be “based on a particular innovative architecture.”

Ferrari confirms Purosangue SUV, LaFerrari replacement, hybrid powertrains, V6 engine family

These engines will, for the most part, be augmented with hybrid electric technology, derived from the world of Formula 1. This technology will be used to increase specific output without adding turbo lag, and Ferrari said that up to 60% of its lineup will be electrified by 2022 – including all of its sports cars and a new range of plug-in hybrid gran turismos. To keep weight down, multi-material construction will be used for its cars.

Last but not least, Ferrari will introduce its first active safety systems in the near future, and while it will not commit to building autonomous vehicles for now, it will incorporate new sensors, artificial intelligence and electronic architecture to provide customers some form of Ferrari-specific autonomy.

According to the company, all these measures will allow it to enhance the capabilities of its cars in all directions, being faster, more comfortable, more versatile and more fun to drive.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • V6? That’s like half of what a true Ferrari should be, glorious V12!

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    • hey ferrari…
      why suddenly change your mind?

      3 February 2016
      Ferrari SUV? “You have to shoot me first,” says Sergio

      14 May 2013
      No Ferrari SUV or sedan on the cards, says top boss

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      • Unseen Future on Sep 24, 2018 at 6:04 am

        I can’t wait one day we have Ferrari truck, Porsche pick-up and Lamborghini bus.

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    • nine dragons slayer on Sep 21, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Ferrari powered by Alfa Romeo V6

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    • Probably in version of friendly family car instead. I see its more to luxury sport coupe with new V6 (maybe 3.5L or something) to be line up among other cars manufacturer like porsche panamera or else. Another way for Farrari to expand their product in sport coupe after previously they manufact only supersports car with V8/V12 mid engine.

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    • Panameria on Sep 21, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      As long Ferrari Perasan SUV in red color.

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  • 4G63T DSM on Sep 22, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Oh how has the world changed.

    The Ferrari “SUV” would probably be something fastback, tall riding car like the X6 or Urus.

    So much for Ferrari never to make a SUV.

    I’m not too hung up on the V6. Right in the middle of the world’s fastest melee between the F40 and the 959 , Jaguar comes out of left field with the XJ220, drops the V12, and pops in the turbo V6 and takes the world’s fastest car crown.

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  • And diesel SUV ?

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