2023 Ferrari Purosangue SUV confirmed to feature V12 power

The Purosangue is Ferrari’s first SUV, but it won’t ditch the company’s iconic V12 – though V6 or V8 hybrids could also be offered.

The upcoming 2023 Ferrari ‘Purosangue’ SUV will be available with a V12 enginethe brand has indicated.

Teased overnight, Ferrari says the “the V12 has always been an intrinsic part of Ferrari DNA”, and “a symbol of our relentless quest for new heights of performance and pure driving emotion.”

While Ferrari’s news release doesn’t explicitly name the Purosangue – merely referring to the new V12 because as a “game-changing new model” – Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna confirmed to Reuters the brand’s new SUV would be the one in line for 12-cylinder power.

“We’ve tested several options, it was clear that the V12, for the performance and driving experience it could provide, was the right option for the market,” Vigna told the news agency.

Ferrari’s press release also refers to the new V12 model as a “thoroughbred” – which translates to ‘purosangue’ in Italian, the new SUV’s provisional name.

Outputs for the new (likely 6.5-litre) V12 are still to be confirmed, however rumors suggest upwards of 610kW – making it one of the most powerful SUVs on sale, if not the most powerful fueled by petrol.

While a V12 will be available, rumors suggest the Purosangue will be available with plug-in hybrid power, using either the 296 GTB’s new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, or one of Ferrari’s familiar twin-turbo V8s, displacing either 3.9 or 4.0 liters.

There’s also talk of an all-electric model, though this isn’t expected to arrive until around 2024 or 2025.

The Purosangue’s styling has already been seen in full, courtesy of a leak from the factory floor earlier this year.

Highlights of the design include a low-set grille with high-mounted headlights, gloss black wheel arch flares, 269 GTB-inspired LED tail-lights, and a coupe-like roofline more akin to a lifted hatchback than its Bentley Bentayga or Rolls- Royce Cullinan Rivals.

Tea 2023 Ferrari Purosangue is slated to be revealed in the coming months, ahead of the start of production before the end of this year, and first deliveries early next year.

Vigna confirmed to Reuters the company will “maintain its exclusivity hallmark with [the] Purosangue,” in contrast to how other luxury brands have addressed all present demand for their SUVs – including Lamborghini, which has seen the Urus account for the vast majority of its sales.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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