I am the Ferrari FF's powertrain and suspension

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There's very little we know about the Ferrari FF's new 4RM (four-wheel drive) system and magnetorheological damping system, and how they all work together with its stallion-sized 6.3-liter V12 powertrain. But at least now we have photos!

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We know the 4RM system supposedly weighs 50% less than a conventional four-wheel drive system, maintaining a rear-biased weight distribution (53 per cent over the rear axle).

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We also know that 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.But that's really all we know.

We don't know much more today, but at the very least we were able to snag some sneaky shots of the super-assed supercar's new suspension today from 35 feet away and behind ropes and stanchion ahead of tomorrow's first press day of the Geneva Motor Show. Take a look through these few shots and see what you can see.

We'll obviously have more, better and more-detailed shots tomorrow when we're able to get closer to it than 30 feet away.

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Some more info via Top Gear,

"Well, the FF doesn't actually have a normal heavy 4WD system with a centre diff and an extra prop shaft. It has a normal Ferrari configuration, with the drive going from the V12 back to a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox driving the rear wheels. This is good for weight distribution, and in the dry the FF is as fast around a track as a 599 (it's only a little heavier, yet usefully more powerful). Felisa swears it feels like a proper front-engined RWD V12 Ferrari, too. And he has spoken the truth to me in these matters all the 16 years I've been interviewing him.

So what about the four-wheel drive, then? Uniquely, power is also taken off the front of the engine, which is behind the front wheel centres. It's fed to a compact lightweight unit containing a set of clutches that can progressively feed in torque to a tiny integrated gearbox and front diff. It has only two gears, roughly the equivalent of third and seventh in the main box. How can this be? Because the clutches are always slipping under electronic control, and the front tyres would never be able to make use of all the V12's torque in first or second.

What this means is the car's electronics can smoothly dial up a portion of drive to the fronts if they predict a loss of traction at the back. Yes, they're predictive as well as reactive. And they only do this in the road and slippery-road settings of the steering-wheel manettino. In the more hardcore modes, you can still run it as pretty well entirely rear-drive."