We just want to know what's under the hood.
With the world firmly in the clutches of the SUV craze, it's a mere waiting game to see who comes out with the next ludicrously powered high-riding creation. We've already seen the Lamborghini Urus join the fray against the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and Ferrari has already confirmed that in 2021 we'll see the first-ever SUV to wear a prancing horse badge, the Ferrari Purosangue. With the reveal likely less than 18 months away, it stands to reason we'll be seeing development prototypes out and about between now and then, and the video we bring you today is merely the beginning of that. In this clip, we see what appears to be a disguised GTC4Lusso. But beneath the shrouds, this is actually a first look at Ferrari's SUV.
The giveaway here is the high ground clearance and the massive amount of wheel gap found in the arches. Bearing in mind that the test mule seen leaving Ferrari's Maranello factory appears to be wearing a set of alloy wheels that look like 20-inch items, the wheel gap is truly massive. This should come as no surprise as the Purosangue has long been rumored to ride on the same platform as future iterations of the GTC4Lusso, with the new platform expected to be built to handle all sorts of hybridization and electrification.
Ferrari has also regularly stated that the Purosangue will be unlike any other SUV and will still be a Ferrari at heart, so we don't expect massive amounts of cabin space like a Lamborghini Urus. This leads us to believe that the Purosangue will be more of a lifted wagon, and will be closely developed alongside the GTC4Lusso's successor.
As for what will power the Ferrari SUV, it's unlikely to make use of large-capacity motors, or in fact anything with 12 cylinders. It's been no secret that Ferrari will be embracing hybridization, with the SF90 Stradale already paving the way for this. We expect a turbocharged V8 to make a home under the Purosangue's hood, but there is also rumored to be a smaller twin-turbo V6 - likely related to the one found in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - as an option, mated to a hybrid electric system powering all four wheels.
It's these powertrains that the mule in the video is likely testing, with added suspension components to test the overall suspension geometry and weight and handling balance. This is much the same thing as we saw from Rolls-Royce who tested early Cullinan components under the body of lifted Rolls-Royce Phantoms.