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Ferrari’s Fantastic Four (Updated)

612 replacement has four seats, all-wheel-drive, and a roomy boot to boot.

The suspense, the torture, our waterboarding of random citizens of Maranello for information, it's all over—Ferrari's latest model has been revealed. And as you can see above, it's a hatchback. The car maker's new gran turismo was revealed this morning on Ferrari's website, complete with its own microsite (which you should certainly hit up, especially to see the introductory video featuring the car hooning like mad in winter wastelands across the world).

The car's motivation comes from a new 65 degree 6.2 liter V12, cranking out a prodigious 651 Imperial horsepower; all those purebred ponies head to the ground through a dual-clutch gearbox en route to...wait for it...all four wheels. Yup, like Teri Hatcher's breasts, the long-rumored four-wheel-drive Ferrari is real—and it's spectacular. The company claims the a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds; based upon the ability of every other car in the company's lineup to beat its Ferrari-estimated time for the dash to 60 (and that handy new in-house developed AWD), we suspect this baby will do it in closer to three seconds flat.

Of course, the car is taking the 612 Scaglietti's slot as the great touring car in Ferrari's lineup, so comfort features play a big role, too; the company makes clear that the new Ferrari has room for four and class-leading luggage space underneath that fastback hatch. Speaking of which, we can't speak for anyone else, but we're digging that rear end. In fact, the whole car reminds us a bit of the old BMW M Coupe—but with more room, more traction and a shitload more horsepower.

If you've been reading closely, you may have noticed there's one thing we haven't included among all these juicy specifications—the car's name. Well, that's because Ferrari didn't include it, either. The company's announcement refers to the new vehicle as the "FF;" they say stands for "Ferrari Four," but it just reminds us of a group of dorky costumed adventurers. Then of Jessica Alba in a skin-tight body suit, which is much more in line with what a Ferrari should bring to mind. Ferrari will officially unveil the car at the Geneva Motor Show in March; until then, content yourselves with the pictures and press release below.

[via Ferrari]

Update: The gang at GT Spirit has managed to put the Ferrari Four introductory video on YouTube; check it out below.

Press Release:

The FF unveiled on www.ferrari.com A revolutionary four-seater, four-wheel drive V12 Ferrari: exceptional performance and versatility Maranello, 21st January 2011 – The official Prancing Horse web site, Ferrari.com, has revealed the first photographs of the new FF, the company’s most powerful, versatile four-seater ever, as well as its first ever four-wheel drive car.

The FF - an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive) - ushers in an entirely new GT sports car concept. A decisive break with the past, the new car represents not so much an evolution as a true revolution.

This new V12 melds to an unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance character with incredible versatility, superb comfort and sophisticated elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers an absolutely unique driving experience.

Designed by Pininfarina, the shape and proportions perfectly interpret the FF’s harmonious blend of sporting DNA and extraordinary usability. The FF features the company’s first ever four-wheel drive system. Ferrari’s exclusive, patented 4RM (four-wheel drive) weighs 50 per cent less than a conventional four- wheel drive system, maintaining perfect weight distribution (53 per cent over the rear axle). Completely integrated with the car’s electronic dynamic control systems, the four-wheel drive technology delivers record levels of performance on all terrains and in all conditions via continuous and intelligent predictive torque distribution to all four wheels. The FF is also equipped with the latest magnetorheological damping system (SCM3), as well as the most recent development in carbon-ceramic brakes from Brembo.

Exceptional performance levels come courtesy of the new 6,262 cc direct injection engine which develops 660 CV at 8,000 rpm. In tandem with its transaxle dual-clutch F1 gearbox, stunning acceleration figures (0-100 km/h in 3.7 sec.) are guaranteed. The new model’s class-leading weight-to-power ratio of 2.7 kg/CV, along with its ideal weight distribution, ensures exceptionally responsive handling. The result is that owners will be able to enjoy the FF’s prowess over a wide range of uses: city driving, on low grip or snow-covered surfaces and on the track.

Performance aside, Maranello’s latest model also offers standards of passenger space, comfort, in-car spec and equipment previously unheard of in such a high-performance car. It can comfortably accommodate four people and their luggage, thanks to the best cabin space and boot capacity (450 litres extendable to 800) figures in its category, including four-door cars.

A vast array of personalisation options and accessories has been developed for the FF. These include six model-specific exterior colours and sumptuous interior trim incorporating specially selected and treated aniline leather.

The FF, which will make its official debut in occasion of the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, is presented today with the first three photos from a dedicated shoot by Giovanni Gastel.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Engine Type: 65-degree V12 Overall displacement: 6,262 cc Maximum power: 660 CV @ 8,000 rpm Maximum torque: 683 Nm @ 6,000 rpm Dimensions and weight Length: 4907 mm Width: 1953 mm Height: 1379 mm Dry weight*: 1790 kg Weight distribution: 47% front, 53% rear Weight/power ratio: 2.7 kg/CV Performance Maximum speed: 335 km/h 0-100 km/h: 3.7 sec Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE+EUDC) Fuel consumption** 15.4 l/100 km Emissions** 360 g/km * European market version ** With HELE system

COMMENTS
  • Kristian says:
    January 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm
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    Interesting but it reminds me too much of the looks of a BMW Z3M coupe. I'm not sure I like the looks but I'm probably not their target market anyway. :)

  • MPistol says:
    February 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm
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    yep, there's only 2 things you gotta do to sell a hatchback in America - call it a golf - OR - call it a Ferrari - its bound to sell

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