Ferrari Reveals First Ever Shooting Brake
By David Hort
Ferrari's website played host to the first images of the Italian marques first ever Shooting Brake model.
Badged as the FF, the successor to the 612 Scaglietti will be a four-seat, four-wheel drive supercar - the first of its kind and touted as a "revolution" by Ferrari.
Alongside other Shooting Brake models the FF stands out as it has rejected the squared-off rear of its competitors instead favouring a more rounded rear-end that smacks of a hatchback.
Again Ferrari has teamed up with Pininfarina - the famed Italian design house - to come up with the FF however similarities can be drawn to Shooting Brake predecessors like the Lotus Elite Type 75 and the Reliant Scimitar.
At its front however, the FF is all Ferrari taking a lot of its styling cues from the Scaglietti it replaces and giving little indication of the alternative rear of the model. It features a wide-spaced front grille and two iterations of the iconic prancing horse.
The FF also grabs the headlines for its engine arrangement.
Under the bonnet it will hold the most powerful engine Ferrari has ever built in the form of a new 6.2-litre V12 engine. Mated to a transaxle dual-clutch F1 transmission, the FF has a massive output of 650bhp allowing the car to clear 0-62mph in 3.7seconds with a top speed of 208mph.
This translates into wince-inducing CO2 emissions of 360g/km and a combined fuel consumption of 18.3mpg - a slight improvement on the 612 Scaglietti whose 470g/km CO2 emissions and 13.8mpg combined cycle were shocking.
Another area the FF improves on its predecessors is in terms of practicality. Despite retaining Ferrari's typical three-door arrangement, it is longer and taller than the 612 Scaglietti meaning interior space and luggage space is not far off the Ford Focus estate.
The Ferrari FF will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
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David Hort currently works for a number of automotive websites including MotorTorque writing up to date news, features, blogs and buyers guides from the motoring world.
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