When Ferrari unveiled the Purosangue, the first ever four-door, four-seater car in the marque’s 75-year history, global attention and interest was at fever-pitch.

The reason? Because the Purosangue promised not only performance, but driving pleasure and comfort too – all coexisting in perfect harmony. So, was it worth the wait for the model that Ferrari chose to name ‘Purosangue,’ Italian for ‘thoroughbred’?

In short, yes. Available to a few select clients in the Middle East, the car’s optimal weight distribution, with its mid-front-mounted engine and gearbox at the rear creates a sporty transaxle layout, delivering exactly the 49:51% weight distribution that Maranello’s engineers deem optimal for a mid-front-engined sports car.

But what makes it stands head and shoulders above the rest of the market is both its performance and comfort. The Purosangue’s naturally-aspirated V12 echoes the brand’s most iconic engine layout, and unleashes more power than any other in the segment (725 cv) while still delivering the classic 12-pot soundtrack.

With class-leading performances – going from from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 s and from 0 to 200 in 10.6 – the driving position and the heady engine note delivers an entirely new yet also entirely Ferrari driving experience.

Ferrari has also given the Purosangue the very latest vehicle dynamic control systems and features for the very first time, its F.A.S.T. (Ferrari Active Suspension Technology) system. Controlling body roll in corners as well as the tyre contact patch over high-frequency bumps, it delivers the same performance and handling response as in one of the marque’s sports cars.

The all-new chassis has a carbon-fibre roof as standard to keep weight down and lower the centre of gravity. Redesigning the bodyshell from scratch also meant the designers could incorporate rear-hinged back doors (welcome doors) to make ingress and egress easier while keeping the car as compact as possible – performance and practicality will always win.

Potential owners will be pleased to know that a vast array of comfort-focused content is provided as standard, such as the Burmester© audio system, and that the many optional extras including the brand-new Alcantara® upholstery is derived from certified recycled polyester.

The synergy of luxury, practicality and performance not only makes the Purosangue worthy of its name, but the most complete four-door, four-seater in the segment.