The new car is called the FF (sadly an acronym for Ferrari Four - four seats and four-wheel drive - rather than a tribute to the Jensen Interceptor) and gets a trick four-wheel-drive system - Ferrari's first.
Ferrari's patented 4RM (four-wheel drive) weighs 50 per cent less than a conventional four-wheel-drive system, while maintaining what Ferrari describes as perfect weight distribution (53 per cent over the rear axle). The four-wheel drive technology is completely integrated with the car's electronic dynamic control systems and (says Ferrari, at least) delivers record levels of performance on all terrains and in all conditions via 'continuous and intelligent predictive torque distribution to all four wheels'.
Although the Pininfarina-designed body appears to have come from a brief that called for the adding of BMW M coupe and Reliant Scimitar genes into the Ferrari mix, and although the new 4x4 drivertrain is rather a departure from the norm, the FF sticks to its knitting with a V12 powerplant up front.
This new 6262cc direct-injection engine is good for 651bhp at 8000rpm and 504lb ft at 6000rpm, which will translate to 0-62mph in 3.7secs and a top speed of 209mph.
The Ferrari FF will get its in-the-metal debut at the Geneva show in March. In the meantime, you can have your appetite whetted by Ferrari's rather wonderful promo video.
|Overall displacement||6,262 cc|
|Maximum power||660 CV @ 8,000 rpm|
|Maximum torque||683 Nm @ 6,000 rpm|
|Dimensions and weight|
|Dry weight*||1790 kg|
|Weight distribution||47% front, 53% rear|
|Weight/power ratio||2.7 kg/CV|
|Maximum speed||335 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||3.7 sec|
|Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE+EUDC)|
|Fuel consumption**||15.4 l/100 km|
* European market version
** With HELE system