Ferrari is reportedly planning a SUV; hell officially freezes over.
Ferrari head honcho Sergio Marchionne may have all but sworn on a crucifix in the middle of the Vatican that Ferrari would never, ever, build anything that remotely resembles a sport-utility vehicle, but published reports now suggest otherwise. According to Car Magazine in the U.K., the Prancing Horse badge might yet find its way onto an all-terrain vehicle by 2021.
Code-named F16X, Car Magazine says it won’t be big and boxy, but rather will be a comely five-door coupe-like hatchback. It will be built alongside the next-generation four-door GTC4 Lusso/Ferrari FF, which will itself be referred to a “shooting brake” (that’s Euro-speak for station wagon).
The report says we can expect the coming Ferrari crossover to be somewhat taller than the next-gen GTC, be constructed with extensive use of aluminum as a weight-saving measure, and feature rear-opening “suicide” back doors, which should allow for easy access to the second-row seats. A twin-turbocharged V8 engine will generate what we can safely assume will be ample power, with all-wheel-drive standard. A gas-electric hybrid version is also said to be in the works. That it will handle, well, like a Ferrari, is pretty much a given. If you have to ask, you probably won’t be able to afford the as-yet unnamed Ferrari crossover, since it's predicted to carry a sticker price starting at around 300,000 Euros, which is close to $344,000 USD. Of course, the phrase “never say never” should be tattooed on the arm of every automaker’s CEO, as we’ve seen many staunchly car-only brands like Jaguar, Maserati, and Bentley embrace the inevitable and board the SUV bandwagon. Even Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini are getting into the crossover business with the coming Cullinan, DBX and Urus, respectively.
Remember when Porsche enthusiasts were on the verge of an uprising when the company unveiled the Cayenne for the 2003 model year? Not only was that an SUV, but it was Porsche’s first four-door vehicle. Heresy, they shouted! We all know how “badly” the backlash affected the automaker from Stuttgart; SUVs (including the more recently released Macan) currently account for around 64 per cent of all Porsche vehicle sales in the U.S. car Magazine believes a crossover could help do the same for Ferrari, increasing its sales to nearly 16,000 a year. Still, we’re curious to see how Ferrari fanatics react to the prospect of the iconic Prancing Horse logo being affixed to a four-door all-wheel-drive people-mover.