If you would have told me that I'd be talking about a Ferrari hatchback a year ago, I'd have said you'd lost it. But here I am talking about just that. It's the Ferrari FF concept, a four-seat, two-door hatch that Ferrari introduced last month and plans to debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
The FF--which, by the way, stands for "Four-seat, Four-wheel drive"-- previews a production model that will replace Ferrari's existing 2 + 2: the 612 Scaglietti. Why Ferrari chose to add a hatch to the four-seater is a mystery that will confound us for some time. But they did it, and we're looking at it.
Love or hate the rear end, there's a lot to like about the FF. It gets a big engine upgrade over the 612 with a 651-hp 6.3-liter V12 powering the show. It's also Ferrari's first four-wheel drive model and features a lightweight 4WD system with intelligent predictive torque vectoring designed to deliver just the right amount of twist to each wheel based on the terrain and conditions. Other equipment includes a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, independent suspension with magnetically adjustable dampers and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.
Ferrari's numbers put the FF at 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. The top speed is listed at 208 mph.
Ferrari hasn't given a production timeline or price for the FF, but it'll like give a few more details in Geneva. The company released some new action photos last week, showcasing the car's 4WD capabilities in the snow.
So what do you think: intriguing, new Ferrari styling or a place that Maranello should never have ventured?