Our first test of the Ferrari Purosangue took place in the Dolomites, in Italy, between mountain roads and snowy passes. Perfect for an SUV?
A few meters separate the breakfast room and the Ferrari car park. There, stomach full in freezing cold, half a dozen Purosangue waiting for us, engine running.
That’s six V12s, or 72 pistons that move up and down, synchronized with 288 valves. And for a total of 4,350 horsepower. We don’t have such a cavalry in front of us every day…
However, this Ferrari is not “normal”. Never, so far, a Maranello model had never been so high, combining both four doors and four seats. All this, with nearly 5 meters long (4.97 m to be precise), 2.03 meters wide and… 1.59 meters high.
Ah, I forgot: the transalpine novelty weighs a little more than two tons. All this to say that the Purosangue, Most insane Ferrari in historydoes not have much in common with those we have known so far.
Despite everything, with its wonderful, extremely powerful engine, can this model obtain its letters of nobility?
Yes. If the 0 to 100 shot in 3.3 seconds and the 0 to 200 swallowed in 10.6 seconds do not justify this answer, mechanical magnitude du Purosangue does the rest. The sound of the atmospheric 6.5 V12 assisted by the robotic 8-speed transmission is madness.
And on the driving side, the length of the wheelbase (3.02 m) contributes to excellent stability and leads to progressive reactions of the chassis.
It should also be noted that this Ferrari has all-wheel drive (up to 4th and up to 190 km/h maximum), that it benefits from directional rear wheels and a controlled damping system unprecedented in the world of production cars.
In addition, the nose gear shows impressive grip despite the presence, on our test model (color Racing blue), winter tyres.
So many arguments that almost make you forget its high weight even if, in the transalpine mountain passes, the stroke of the brake pedal seemed to lengthen…
Our complete test of Purosangue, to be found here
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