The First Ferrari SUV Is Based on a Budget Coupe

The Italian manufacturer shared some details about its first SUV. The Roma will serve as a base for the car.

In an interview with Auto Express, Ferrari chief technology officer Michael Lieters shared technical details of the Purosangue, the first Ferrari SUV.

The most important thing that Michael Leaters said is that the debut Ferrari SUV will share a platform with the recently introduced Roma, which the manufacturer calls an entry-level sports car.

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This leads to two conclusions: the SUV debuts in 2021 as a 2022 model; the car is aimed at the mass consumer and therefore should be relatively affordable. The chief technology officer could tell a little about the powertrain but noted that it will be electrified in any case.

At the same time, the Italians are simultaneously developing two platforms for SUVs with a front and rear engine arrangements. Obviously, it is about placing an electric engine on the rear axle of the hybrid configuration. The Purosangue will be the base equipped with a conventional internal combustion engine and rear-wheel drive transmission. The Roma/Purosangue platform allows the SUV to be fitted with a six-, eight-, twelve-cylinder engines plus an electric one.

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