Ferrari FF Wagon From the Geneva Motor Show 2011

What do you think? Can a wagon really be good-looking?

If it’s the Pininfarina-designed new Ferrari FF it can. Replacing the 612 Scaglietti in Ferrari’s stable, the FF is the first all-wheel-drive Ferrari. FF stands for Ferrari Four, which refers to the car’s four seats and 4-wheel drive. Its design features a nose inspired by the 458 Italia, with the long hood and short deck that have been trademarks of sports cars since their inception.

What is the Ferrari FF?

Ferrari’s bold, 4-seat, 4-wheel-drive, family-hauling supercar.

What makes it hot?

We’ve had 4-seat Ferraris before, of course — but with 4-wheel drive? Any fears that Ferrari was about to “do a Cayenne” and deliver a brand-stretching sport-utility vehicle are unfounded, though. The FF is much, much bolder than that. At nearly 16.4 feet long, the radical-looking, shooting-brake-style coupe-estate crossover promises luxurious accommodation for all four passengers. It also promises all the fire-breathing excitement you’d expect of a Ferrari. Under that long hood lurks a 6.2-liter V12 engine with 660 horsepower and 504 lb-ft of torque. Driving through a transaxle-mounted dual-clutch automated gearbox, the FF will gallop from zero to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. It will do it whatever the conditions under tire, too, thanks to that 4-wheel-drive traction. Top speed is a suitably excessive 208 mph.

What causes concern?

Spectacular, yes, but who is going to buy it? Styling is admirably bold, too, and this is a conservative sector. The question is, has Ferrari gone too far?

How much and when?

TBA.

Ther verdict?

Ferrari had to pull something special out of the bag, and it succeeded with one of the most spectacular cars at the show.

Source of text & photo: MSN Autos

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