Ferrari FF: Four Wheel Drive, Four Seats, One Fantastic Rear End

This is it. This is Ferrari's first four-wheel-drive model, called — the FF (Ferrari Four). The new Prancing Stallion with the super-sized rear end will replace Ferrari's 612 Scaglietti flagship. See, told ya it'd be a shooting brake.

Powering all four wheels is a naturally-aspirated 6.3-liter V12 direct injection engine, with 651bhp (at 8000 rpm) and 504 lb-ft of torque. That's enough to motivate the 3,946 lb. FF from 0-to-62 MPH in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 208 MPH.

Ferrari FF: Four Wheel Drive, Four Seats, One Fantastic Rear End


Somehow we think it probably won't hit that speed with four in the seats and a boot full of luggage.

The FF features the company's first ever four-wheel drive system. Ferrari claims its 4RM (four-wheel drive) weighs 50% less than a conventional four-wheel drive system, maintaining a rear-biased weight distribution (53 per cent over the rear axle).

Completely integrated with the car's electronic dynamic control systems, the four-wheel drive technology delivers performance on all terrains and in all conditions via continuous predictive torque distribution to all four wheels.


Ferrari FF: Four Wheel Drive, Four Seats, One Fantastic Rear End

The FF is also equipped with the latest magnetorheological damping system (SCM3), as well as the most recent development in carbon-ceramic brakes from Brembo. More to come shortly.

For the moment, here's some video Ferrari put together from the car's various development drives. It features more soaring crescendos than a Michael Bay-directed robot movie. Watching it is like mainlining coffee and awesome. Which is sorta how I expect Ferrari wants us to feel about the FF.

I wasn't sure initially how I felt about this Ferrari for families, but now I really dig it. It kinda makes me feel all funny inside — like I want to lick this breadvan, take it home to snuggle with it — and then give it a pet nickname. Maybe "Z3M." But that's just me. What say you?