Sport Activity Coupe. Progressive Activity Sedan. It seems like BMW gets to come up with all the new high-minded vehicle segments, but we're going to submit one of our own: the Sport-Futility Vehicle. And this will be its purest application: the rumored Ferrari SUV. We call it a Sport-Futility Vehicle because it just won't happen. Ferrari's pledged it won't even make a sedan, much less a truck. Now we know what you're thinking. Porsche, Lamborghini, Spyker... they're all sportscar companies that have dabbled in sport-utes, and in some cases have even toyed with the idea of a sedan after their SUV had already established itself. But Ferrari has never offered (not in serial production, anyway) anything aside from two-door sportscars, and that's not about to change. But still, that won't stop people from spreading rumors or rendering their speculation. And this is the latest such effort.
Rendered by Edmundo Canno of Mexican car site Automovil, the concept drawings seem to blend elements of the Ferrari California with a Mazda CX-9 in a reasonably convincing package, except that the idea will never get off the drawing board. Power could theoretically be provided by the California's 450hp 4.3-liter V8 or the Fiorano's 612hp 6.0-liter V12, driving to all four wheels. Noting that Porsche collaborated with Volkswagen on the Cayenne/ Touareg project, our friends south of the border surmise that Ferrari could share the costs of the SUV's development with sister brands Alfa Romeo and Maserati, or even with Fiat's new ally Chrysler, which seems about as likely as... well... Ferrari making an SUV, leaving this as nothing more than an exercise in the sport of futility.