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We have already found out that the world has gone a little crazy. Crazy about crossovers, to put it simply. And the world continues to prove it convincingly. Almost all reports on annual sales for 2019 of brands that identify themselves as ultra-premium and have off-road vehicles in their model lines agreed on one thing: sales are breaking records, and they are to blame for this. The demons of the modern automotive world are crossovers. Bentley, Lamborghini, and even Rolls-Royce have “not just asphalt” options that account for plus or minus half of all cars sold last year.
Even the British from Aston Martin could not resist and also went along the same route. Their DBX did not have time to get into the reports, but according to the assurances of the company and its representatives in the regions, the queue behind the first all-road Aston was an impressive - and very encouraging (and even in Russia). What are Ferrari thinking? After all, Maranello now looks like almost the last bastion of sanity and loyalty to tradition.
But it won't be long, you know. It was not Ferrari who began this story, nor did it end it: it will be possible to ride an official supercar with a prancing horse on the hood somewhere other than a European street or a race track pretty soon. Surrendered to the demand of the monster-market, you say? Nothing personal, just business. When Porsche launched its Cayenne, conservative fans of the brand were ready to go to protest demonstrations, and now the best-selling models from Zuffenhausen are the Cayenne in Russia and the Macan in the rest of the world. So it will be the same with Ferrari, only on a much more moderate scale: the last nail in the coffin, where tradition rests, has already been driven by Lamborghini with its Urus, so Ferrari will not surprise anyone, even if it releases a frame SUV.
Or surprise? Strictly speaking, Lambo already had the experience of building just a full-fledged "frame"; by the time the Cayenne was released, Porsche had already eaten a dog at various rally marathons, and both of them had strong support from the Volkswagen concern. Ferrari has no one to borrow the platform: is it not in Jeep to bow down? Business by business, but it will definitely be overkill. Nevertheless, the bosses from Maranello still sincerely expect to jump into the last car of the departing train.
Although we must give them their due - they resisted the pressure of trends in Ferrari for a long time. To be precise, about the entire past decade: the first conditional off-road vehicle in the modern history of the brand was born back in 2011. Rumor has it that work on the F151 project (which eventually took the form of an all-wheel drive Ferrari FF shooting break) was marked by the appearance of a search concept from Giugiaro, which looked much more like a crossover than the Pininfarina project that went into work. Now it is not shown to anyone. The prototype was bought by an anonymous collector, and in general Ferrari prefer not to remember this story. But a start was made: the idea that Ferrari could be more than a sports coupe or roadster began to take root despite all the protests of the late Sergio Marchionne.
On the other hand, the idea of an all-terrain supercar from Maranello has never bothered the most advanced fans of the brand. And if Ferrari doesn't moo and calve, why not take matters into their own hands? For example, a monster that funny journalists who discovered him on Craigslist instantly called Fierorrariblazer. It looks like a hellishly lifted Ferrari 360, but in fact it is the fruit of the painful fantasy of a mechanic who combined a slightly modified Pontiac Fiero body and a Chevrolet Blazer platform in one mechanical monster.
As a result, the "off-road Ferrari" has a completely American 5.7-liter V8 located in front of itself, a 4-speed automatic and permanent all-wheel drive. But something more interesting, although built with an eye not on total off-road, but, rather, on rural primers of some Tuscany (however, the serial Ferrari crossover, if - and when - it appears, is unlikely to try something then more severe).
It was once a Ferrari 308 Dino GT4 - a conventional, so to speak, rear-engined four-seater grand tourer, which was born in 1975, and its chassis wore the number 10572. However, the handy Texans from the DriverSource studio decided to give it a bit of advanced features and provided not only a raised suspension and a redesigned steering gear, but also a custom front bumper with towing eyes, all-terrain tires and additional optics. And they also deprived the rear seats. And if now this "Dino" something subtly reminds you, then you are not mistaken: it was deliberately slightly stylized under the Lancia Stratos. True, the engine remained standard - a 3.0-liter 240-horsepower V8 with four Weber carburetors, but it was carefully restored.
In general, a certain traction in the masses for all-terrain supercars from Maranello takes place. But the Ferrari management is very careful about the so-called "brand identity" - the prancing horse should be associated exclusively with luxury coupes and roadsters, and nothing else. That is why, slowly surrendering under the onslaught of the market, the Italians tried to save face and began to invent very streamlined names for the future off-road vehicle, in every possible way avoiding the word "crossover": for example, the abbreviation SUV was replaced by FUV - Ferrari Utility Vehicle or simply "Ferrari with advanced capabilities."
And the name was invented for him outstanding - Purosangue, that is, "purebred", trying to emphasize that even an all-terrain Ferrari is still Ferrari. And, as it turned out, the Italians are systematically going towards the appearance of the first model of this type in the history of the brand, relying on existing developments: the power plant for it will most likely be built on the model of the hybrid SF90 Stradale (although it will not be as powerful), and the platform will be used already developed - from the recent grand tourer Roma. Although, according to rumors, in Maranello still, despite all the pressure from environmentalists, they do not plan to abandon the traditional V12, and perhaps Purosangue will have such a version.
One way or another, the steering horses of the prancing horse in every way assure that the Ferrari crossover will become “Ferrari among crossovers”, retaining both dynamics and controllability, and the corporate “feel of the car”, and so on and so forth. Selected buyers will be able to convince themselves of this no earlier than 2022: the story with this off-road vehicle has been dragging on for so long that there is a feeling of intrigue deliberately kept at the level of decay. But by doing so, Italians can deceive themselves: where is the guarantee that by the time the long-awaited novelty is released on the market, the fashion for crossovers will not decline?
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