Last Updated on October 31, 2022 by Victor A
One of the most exciting SUVs is getting closer to its presentation. We are talking about the Ferrari Purosangue, expected to become the new king of the luxury SUV segment. We are analyzing its competitors, the possible MSRP cost, specs, engine options, and the release date. So if you ever wondered if Ferrari makes an SUV, it does, or at least it’s getting ready to be released soon.
During the past months, Ferrari has been testing the new SUV disguised in a Maserati Levante mule. The Italian automaker has been quiet about the information but based on the competition we can connect some dots and start estimating some of the figures.
Competition and Specifications
First of all, we know the Purosangue will be performance-oriented based on the company tradition and the spy shots. Therefore the Ferrari SUV’s direct competitors will be the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga Speed, the Urus will be its natural competitor since both brands had always had a rivalry between them, and the Urus is more sporty than the Bentayga Speed.
The Lamborghini Urus 650 hp and the Bentley Bentayga Speed 626 hp are a clear indication that the Ferrari Purosangue will at least have 650 hp. Going over 700 hp is unlikely as the only competition there is the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which both have a very different target, while the Urus and the Bentayga cater to the type of customers Ferrari wants.
Ferrari will more likely want to make a big entrance into the SUV market, so they might be aiming to beat the Bentayga Speed’s current high-speed record, 190 mph (306 km/h), while acceleration will more likely be similar to the Urus’, 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3,5 seconds.
Most automobile media outlets are confident that the Ferrari Purosangue will pack a V12. We aren’t sure about that since using a V12 will more likely give a lot of headaches to Ferrari because of emissions and noise regulations around the world (especially in Europe).
Using hybrid technology with the V12 might be an option, but weight and size could make the Purosangue less competitive, so we are discarding this option.
Then, there’s a possibility that Ferrari might use the already-existing Maserati Levante Trofeo 3.8 L V8 (580 hp) and improve it to reach at least 650 hp to compete with the Urus and the Bentayga Speed, or directly use the 3.9 L twin-turbocharged V8 found in the F8 Tributo which pumps up 720 hp. In case they don’t want to go that route they have another weapon in their arsenal, the 3.9 L twin-turbocharged F154BH V8 used in the Roma and Portofino M, which pumps out 612 hp.
And we arrive at the controversial option; a hybrid system combined with a V6. It’s unlikely they will go down this route, but you never know. Doing so would more likely irate the purists, however, the fact that Ferrari is making an SUV has already made many of them quite furious.
We are betting that Ferrari will use a V8, more likely use the Roma and Portofino V8, and tune it up a bit to reach around 670-700 hp, and in the future release a more hardcore version with the F8 Tributo engine.
Pricing and Release date
Now, based on Ferrari’s line-up we know that the minimum price could be $215,000 (Ferrari Portofino M price), and the maximum could be $335,000 (Ferrari 812 Superfast price), since the Portofino M is the entry-level Ferrari, and the 812 Superfast uses a V12 we are confident that the Purosangue price would be found between them, more likely $275,000, which would make sense based on the competition pricing: Lamborghini Urus (starts at $218,000), and Bentley Bentayga Speed ($245,000).
We hardly doubt that Ferrari would venture into the $300,000 territory, where it could be greeted by the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge or the Ferrari 812 Superfast.
As testing mules are being spotted more frequently, the Italian automaker might have the SUV in an advanced phase, so expect the Ferrari Purosangue to be released around the Q3 of 2022.