Ferrari Purosangue in everyday use: where its limits lie

Ferrari Purosangue in everyday use: where its limits lie

The matter of price must be put in a mental corner immediately.

After all, Ferrari Purosangue buyers will not remember every day that they are exposing a piece of furniture worth 600,000 euros to the dangers of normal daily traffic. Not to mention the considerations that can be triggered by the fact that a good 270,000 euros of the purchase price went directly into the state coffers before the Austrian license plates were allowed to merge.

If it is also possible to hide the honor of the big name and the special historical importance of the cars (the first Ferrari ever to have four doors), the Purosangue also becomes a car that is used to transport passengers and cargo from A to B. With all the negative effects that are associated with it in practical use.

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For example, during the trip from Vienna to Carinthia and back, as well as the completion of tasks from individual mobility tests, these qualities of an elite passenger transporter come to the surface that could not be seen during the first test drive. on the chosen route in the Dolomites they have.

First of all, however, it should be reported that the Purosangue also proves to be a real Ferrari away from the environment targeted for its ultimate excellence.

The usual table debate (or forum excitement) about the question of whether the first four-door from Maranello is not an SUV after all is reduced to its practical use. Even those who walk in the strict corset of the local speed limit on public roads notice that they are not driving an off-road performer, but a high-performance sports car.

The fact that the Purosangue is unquestionable in terms of driving performance or braking behavior, be it the 750 hp of its 6.5-liter twelve-cylinder, the suspension system controlled by electric actuators or the powerful carbon brakes, does not need different emphasis. Even if these talents can only be used in a concentrated way in daily use at home in exceptional situations: the small amount of time and space required for driving on two-lane roads, for example, opens a window of action in the direction in which existence to him. many other road users who never knew from their own experience will be able to report it.

Operating concept and room for improvement

However, the miracle beast from Maranello shows little beauty in everyday use in looks that are more easily maintained than most mass-produced cars. The Ferrari people’s basic decision to keep the data transfer access door (both intentional and unintentional) closed on their cars may seem bold and worthy of emulation. The fact that this means that navigation services can only be used through a connection to your own smartphone is not necessarily a mistake.

Just how the onboard systems work leaves a lot of room for improvement. With a fiddly slider on the steering wheel spoke, which is the beginning of the exchange of all information, you learn to live right and wrong over time. However, there can be no talk of intuitive operation or even blindness, even after long-term use.

Apple and Google as brakes

And hopes of spreading the problem in the direction of the passenger seat are collapsing on the terms of use of large American technology companies. In itself, a second screen in the Purosangue cockpit would be an excellent solution. There, however, only the data generated in the car itself can be called for building passengers. This ranges from information on speed or power configuration type to data from the trip computer to separate options for air conditioning settings, seats or fine tuning for the Burmester Hi-Fi system.

Purosangue cockpit: Navigation data can only be displayed on the left monitor

© Photo: Horst Bauer

Only the navigation map cannot be displayed there, nor can its operation be activated. Which is no disservice to Ferrari’s programmers. Instead, Apple and Google don’t allow their navigation apps to be mirrored on the extra screen. This is only visible on the display in front of the steering wheel. And therefore it can only be arranged by the driver himself. Which is not a good idea, not only from the perspective of the operating system subsystem in Purosangue.

What else was discovered in daily business with Ferrari Purosangue:

– Access to the second row is possible through doors with reverse hinges without indecent collisions. And since the central B-pillar is not removed, as in other solutions with gullwing doors, rear passengers can open and close their door independently of the front door.

– The trunk has important dimensions and is pleasant to change thanks to the hatch in the middle and the backrests of the rear seat that can be folded down separately from each other.

– The largest clearance a production Ferrari has ever offered, theoretically also making it possible to drive the car on moderately rough roads. However, their use is more practical when it comes to overcoming road bumps and steep garage slopes without any problems.

Data: Ferrari Purosangue

Run: V12 cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5 l, maximum power 725 hp, maximum torque 716 Nm at 6,250 rpm, top speed 8,250 rpm. 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering.

Distance: Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.3 seconds, 0 to 200 km / h in 10.6 seconds, top speed 310 km / h. Stopping distance from 100 to 0 km/h 32.8 m, from 200 to 0 km/h 129 m.

Dimensions: Length x width x height 4973 x 2028 x 1589 mm, wheelbase 3018 mm, ground clearance 158 mm, curb weight 2,033 kg, weight distribution 49% front / 51% rear. Tank volume 100 liters, trunk volume 473 l.

Usage: Typical consumption according to WLTP 17.1 l / 100 km, 389g/km .C02.

Cost: Base price Ferrari Purosangue in Austria €587,745.38.