The 715-hp Ferrari Purosangue has all the ingredients to be an SUV unlike any other
December 16, 2022 at 21:11
by Brad Anderson
If you wanted a physical example of just how insane some modern cars have become, look no further than the Ferrari Purosangue.
While the idea of Ferrari building an SUV is one we have been processing for quite a few years now, the fact that the Italian went out and created one with a 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 is quite extraordinary. The fact that has sold out for the first two years despite costing almost double a Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX is perhaps even more shocking.
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So, what makes the Purosangue so special and just why are so many people rushing out to secure an allocation? To discover what the new Ferrari is all about, Harry Metcalfe headed to the Ferrari factory to check it out in person.
A Trick Suspension
Obviously, the fact that the Purosangue has a 6.5-liter V12 with 715 hp and 528 lb-ft (716 Nm) of torque is perhaps what most people care about. However, there is far more than a potent engine that makes the Purosangue special. One of the most compelling pieces of technology relates to the suspension.
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As described by Metcalfe, the Purosangue makes do without active anti-roll bars and instead uses electronically controlled Multimatic spool-valve campers that can adjust the dampers up to 30 times per second. The aim of this suspension system is to keep the body of the Purosangue as level as possible. It is so advanced that if you hit a pothole, the suspension will effectively lower the wheel into the pothole, virtually eliminating any shudder you may feel through the cabin.
The transmission of the new Ferrari is also quite special. It consists of an eight-speed dual-clutch that’s mounted at the back and most of the time, transmits power exclusively through the rear wheels. However, the moment it senses slip, some power will also be funneled to the front wheels.