Ahh, another week of reading through the Instagram comments section. When I uploaded my quick walk-around video highlighting the 5 things I love about the Ferrari Purosangue to our Instagram, I expected nothing but praise for the naturally aspirated V12 engine, the gorgeous design, and the luxurious interior that offers a true four-door, four-seat configuration for the first time in the brand’s history.
However, the internet never ceases to amaze me and what I found were thousands of people backing comments that likened the AUD$728,000 Ferrari to a AUD$36,110 Mazda CX-5.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re all wrong because it looks like a Mazda CX-30 (from the side), but as the video climbed the charts with more than 400,000 views and 30,000 likes, the comments kept flooding in. We’re now at a point where I have to address this idiocy because the Ferrari looks nothing like the Mazda.
I was completely unaware at the time, but there’s a meme floating around that suggests the Ferrari Purosangue looks like a Mazda MX-30 (pictured above) and I’ve found fundamental issues with it. Not only did our friends in the Instagram comments get the model of the car wrong, but the meme got it wrong too. It blatantly mistakes the pictured CX-30 for an MX-30 which nullifies the validity at square one.
If you’re going to be a smartass, you have to be smart. To quote our friends at The Autopian who put it perfectly: “Do you mix up apples and tomatoes? If so, then yeah, you might try to drive off in a Mazda CX-30 when you own a Ferrari Purosangue because you think that’s your car, you big inattentive dummy.”
Just because a car is the same colour, is shaped like a sporty SUV, and has a sloping bonnet and rear profile, doesn’t mean it’s the same thing. But more than anything, what really grinds my gears about this meme is that it takes away from the greatness of the car in question.
Call yourself an ‘enthusiast’ and be sceptical about the brand’s choice to make something that resembles an SUV all you want, but you haven’t driven it. We spent two full days driving the car in New Zealand as part of the brand’s ‘Grand Tour’ and promise you it’s nothing like any ‘SUV’ on the planet – and I’ve driven every fast one – from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT to the Aston Martin DBX707.
Sadly, if the only thing you can take from the Ferrari Purosangue is that it looks like a Mazda, then you’ve missed the point entirely and I suggest you go read Jason Torchinsky’s piece on The Autopian and get educated. On the other hand, if you got a chuckle out of the meme and moved on from the “all cars look the same” argument then maybe we can all finally appreciate the car for all its boundary-pushing engineering innovation together. Now would be a great time to plug my article, wouldn’t it?
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