A new tester for Ferrari’s Purosangue crossover has been spotted again, and this time it’s carrying a production body.
While the previous test mules looked like crashed Maserati Levantes, the latest spy photos show a prototype with a number of production-related elements. Although still thoroughly camouflaged, we can see that the prototype is somewhat similar to the design of the Ferrari Roma coupe at the front. We also discovered large carbon-ceramic brake rotors and a hatchback rear similar to the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, which purosangue will directly replace.
Ferrari’s former CEO, Louis Camilleri, unveiled the Purosangue name for the crossover in 2018, which in Italian means “purebred.” He said at the time the car would not hit the market in 2020 as his predecessor Sergio Marchionne had envisaged. Instead, Camilleri stressed the need to make the controversial addition to Ferrari’s squad completely “perfect,” meaning its development would not be too hasty. The launch is now scheduled to take place later this year, meaning we’ll see it as a 2023 model. The launch will be released soon after Ferrari in March released a teaser.
The foundation for the Purosangue will be the new front-facing mid-engine platform that Ferrari has developed for future major passenger cars, such as replacements for the Portofino, Roma and 812 Superfast. The platform complements the new midset engine architecture that was launched on the Stradale SF90 and has since appeared on the 296 GTB.
Both platforms incorporate hybrid technology but the front-mounted mid-engine platform also allows for the appearance of non-electrified four-wheel drive and two rows of seats for up to four seats. The front mid-engine platform also has a transmission gearbox, especially a dual-clutch automatic transmission, for better weight balance and packaging.
A V-12 engine, possibly with some form of electrification, is expected to be supplied at Purosangue along with the base V-8 engine that is also electric. Interestingly, there are rumors that Ferrari’s first battery-powered car to launch around 2025 will also be a crossover, perhaps a variant of the Purosangue.
It is not clear what utility Purosangue will offer but we have previously heard that it will have four doors. The rear doors can end up in a suicidal style door similar to the one used on the Mazda RX-8 sports car, which will allow Ferrari’s design team to retain the same side view as a sports coupe.
Following purosangue’s debut, Ferrari is expected to finally introduce its successor to the LaFerrari, a car expected to involve the Hypercar Prancing Horse’s Le Mans race set to compete in the Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship from 2023. We should also see a conversion option added to the 296 GTB.