New-look Ferrari FF to get February debut
The current Ferrari FF is a supercar for all the family. (Ferrari)
Published Monday, January 25, 2016 10:41AM EST
If you are an existing Ferrari client then you will have received an official invitation to a special event on February 15 that promises to show you a "Whole New World."
The current FF is Ferrari's family car: a true four-seat load-lugger with iPads in the back to keep the kids distracted and a huge 651bhp 6.3-liter V12 at the front to keep the driver more than happy.
It can drag a family from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 335km/h. It's also got a very clever four-wheel drive system so that more of that power can be used on the road, rather than simply on the track. And, more importantly, so that the car lends itself even more to being a classic European GT, one that can as confidently navigate snowy mountain passes as easily as it can sun-soaked Rivieras.
However, after five years in production it's starting to show its age -- even if it was the world's first car to officially come with Apple's CarPlay -- and the new model is expected to keep the overall hatchback shape but with sharper lines and updated detailing that will bring it in line with the new 488 GTB and California T.
And, now that the company has launched an even more potent version of its F12 Berlinetta, the tdf, which offers a staggering 780hp on tap without help from turbochargers or hybrid systems, it has given itself enough breathing space to crank up the power on the FF's V12 too without stepping on any other model's toes.
The car is also expected to get a new eight-speed double-clutch gearbox and in terms of in-cabin toys and layout it will follow the California T's lead.
This week Ferrari announced a new Handling Speciale version of the California T convertible that makes the car much more aggressive and performance-oriented and there is speculation that the FF could become a two-model range with a V12 as its flagship and a twin-turbo V8 version acting as an entry-level, more fuel-efficient alternative.
But whatever the company's plans, fans and potential owners won't have long to wait. The car will be unveiled in just 21 days' time on the banks of Lake Como in Italy in the same picturesque spot where the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is usually staged each spring.