Ferrari is back on the road again to test the Purosangue SUV, captured on video courtesy of Varryx from YouTube. It’s back into mule test mode again, however, trying to trick unsuspecting onlookers with its fake Maserati Levante skin.
But what was even more surprising was that the test mule was filthy, like Ferrari took it off-road for some reason. Is the Italian automaker taking its “original breed” to the limit? There’s reason not to believe it, though we’re rating it until we see the actual footage.
To recall, former Ferrari CEO Louis Carey Camilleri declined to call the Purosangue an SUV, saying he didn’t “want to hear it in the same phrase as Ferrari.” But with the recent change of leadership at Maranello, we may see a change of direction for the upcoming nameplate. This is pure speculation on our part.
However, Ferrari will reveal the Purosangue later this year so we’ll know more facts then. We’re just not sure at this point why the company should return to its Levante skin.
That said, we don’t yet know what Ferrari will use for the Purosangue powertrain. A V12 engine could be in the pipe. A quiet prototype has also been seen before, suggesting that the plug-in hybrid twin-turbo V6 of the 296 GTB could be adopted. The latter puts out up to 818 horsepower (610 kilowatts) and 546 pound-feet (740 Newton-meters) of torque with the supercar.
With only a few months remaining before Ferrari debuts the Purosangue, we expect more prototype sightings. However, we hope the automaker can entertain us with a striptease just to whet our appetite.