Mike Stevens | Feb 1, 2012

Ferrari's new FF shooting-brake supercar is now on sale in Australia, bringing its brand-new V12 engine and new all-wheel-drive system to its local line-up.

The roomy four-seater FF replaces the 612 Scaglietti in the Ferrari family, and at $625,500 (before on-roads), it also delivers a $73,000 saving over the outgoing flagship.

Power for the new Fezza is provided by the company's new front-mounted 6.3 litre V12 engine, producing 485kW at 8000rpm and 683Nm at 6000rpm.

Combined with the new 4RM all-wheel-drive system and an F1-style dual-clutch transmission, Ferrari says the FF will hit 100km/h in 3.7 seconds.

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(At half-a-second quicker than the 612, and just three one-hundredths short of the 458 Italia, we can think of another meaning for the "FF" name.)

Top speed is listed at 335km/h, and fuel consumption - thanks in part to a new stop/start system - is a relatively low 15.4 l/100km.

It's not light however, weighing in at 1790kg - 65kg more than the 612 it replaces - but with the extra 85kW, it's unlikely to suffer (clearly not in the acceleration stakes).

Ferrari says its 4RM technology is around 50 percent lighter than conventional all-wheel-drive systems, and its compact size has allowed the engine to fit behind the front axle, leading to a 47:53 weight distribution.

As for that wagon-like boot, the FF can carry a good 450 litres of luggage with the two rear seats upright (compared to the Scaglietti's 210 litre boot), expanding to 800 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

“The Ferrari FF is, quite simply, the most useable and versatile supercar built by Ferrari,” says Kevin Wall, General Manager of European Automotive Imports, the official Ferrari importer in Australia and New Zealand.

“The Ferrari FF will enable owners to enjoy their supercars in places and under conditions previously unthinkable for cars that offer the performance provided by the Ferrari FF.”

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