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The latest sightings of the new Ferrari Purosangue mules have allowed us to get closer than ever to these test units and analyze their main characteristics, which has made us wonder about the true nature of this model. Is it really an SUV?
Last October we discovered the new generation of Ferrari Purosangue mules thanks to some distant spy photos taken at the Maranello factory. Since then we have come across these test units on several occasions, however, it was not until this month of February that we had the opportunity to see these specimens up close, in addition to discovering its front, since the first sightings always showed us these mules from their rear view.
Just a few days ago our spy photographers managed to catch two specimens of the Purosangue during their tests in Italy and Sweden. Sightings in which these units could be photographed from all angles, revealing all the details of its bodywork and the first characteristics of its peculiar frame configuration.
The Ferrari Purosangue during its winter tests.
So it is no longer necessary to speculate from blurry and distant images of the model, since we have no less than two galleries of spy photos that we show in detail the units that Ferrari is using during the development of your new product.
Although the first thing that catches the attention of this series of mules is its bodywork, as we have already mentioned on several occasions, it is just a provisional body created with slightly modified panels of the Maserati Levante, to which the front and rear optics also belong. So this bodywork is not too relevant for the analysis of the model, since it’s just a temporary disguise. What is important although it goes more unnoticed is its frame configuration, which in theory corresponds to the one that will carry the final model and that it is being precisely developed with these mules.
Although the Ferrari Purosangue uses a modified Levante body, the truth is that these mules really do not look like the Maserati model, as they have a somewhat different silhouette and an improper ground clearance for a model of this type. Hence these days we have wondered if the future Purosangue will really be an SUV as such or if it is a slightly raised 4-door model, with a very different configuration than its supposed natural rivals.
These mules in profile look like a family sedan – S. Baldauf / SB-Medien
The test units of the Italian brand have axles visibly wider than those of the Levante, but with a ground clearance considerably less than this and they also mount a set of large wheels, around 20 inches and with asphalt tires, based on its low profile. This is not the configuration that is expected of a model that in theory should rival the Aston Martin DBX, Bentley Bentayga or Porsche Cayenne. By retaining this frame configuration, the Italian model will be closer to the crossover family cars than to the large SUVs sold by its competitors.
With the first reports that advanced the development of this model also emerged some of the peculiar characteristics that were to characterize the first 4-door Ferrari. Statements that described it as a kind of derivative of the current Gran Turismo of the brand but longer, with a 4-door body with simulated rear between the franchises of the different panels and a raised suspension. According to this information the model was not going to be an SUV as such, which fits with some comments from those responsible for the brand, despite the fact that that is precisely what we have seen in practically all the speculative renders that have been published so far. . Nevertheless we expected a higher model than these mules suggest, something similar to the silhouette published by Ferrari in the diagrams and drawings that accompanied its 2018-2022 strategic plan.
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Obviously, without seeing the final body of the model we have nothing to judge, but it’s clear that these mules are shorter than the vast majority of crossovers that we can currently find on the market. Perhaps the Italian company wants to surprise us with a very stylish but 4-door body with only slightly raised suspension, closer to that of a family sedan than a traditional SUV or off-road vehicle.
Up close it doesn’t show an SUV configuration either.
At the moment we are in an intermediate stage of the testing phase of the model. The initial mules based on the Ferrari GTC4Lusso have given way to this new generation of test units equipped with the bodywork of the Maserati Levante, thus There are still several months of development to go before the firm lifts the veil on its first 4-door model.. Whether it’s an SUV or not.
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