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.

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.