Ferrari FF casts a lovely, awkward shadow

Now that we've seen the 612-replacing Ferrari FF up close, its shooting-brake, hatchback, kammback comportment does appear to be an avant garde comment on the two past decades' patent truckification of motoring. Ah, who are we kidding. It's super dope.

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Indeed, the design is a conversation starter, but the viscous coupling diff at the front is the room-key- passed-clandestinely-between-secret-lovers of motorsport tech.

Ferrari FF casts a lovely, awkward shadow

But the point of the thing is a practical Ferrari that'll allow the world's rich to pack the sports car for a ski vacation, instead of always having to schlep to the mountain like one of those Rangie-riding plebes. Bah! A truck? Fa schifo!

To recap the fun bits, the FF's V12 produces 660 hp at 8,000 rpm, with torque max of 504 lb/ft at 6,000 rpm. The double-clutching F1 box delivers a 0-62 mph time of 3.7sec, and a top speed of 208 mph. Buyers can get it with Ferrari's HELE fuel-saving system, introduced on the California, which boosts fuel economy to a kind-of-acceptable 18.3 mpg.

And remember, it's got electronically-controlled AWD, which Ferrari calls the 4RM. It sends torque to the rear through a propshaft and to the front wheels by way of a hydraulic coupling and half-shafts. Ferrari says the system weighs 50 percent less than typical all-wheel-drive systems.

Ferrari FF casts a lovely, awkward shadow

Not a lightweight by any means, the FF just squeaks in under 4,000 pounds (3,946), but wears the weight well, at 47% front and 53% rear.

And if you've got a problem with the design, go make a loaf of bread.