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The strangest Ferrari (pictures)

Bright red two-seater near-race cars come to mind when you think Ferrari, but the FF model shows Maranello can do other things.

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The FF model does not fit the typical Ferrari mold. The car uses a shooting brake-style body, with four seats and a hatchback.

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Ferrari fits its 6.3-liter V-12 engine under the hood, in front of the cabin. This engine produces 651 horsepower, 504 pound-feet of torque, and the best sound from any car.

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Headlights follow the style of those in the 458 Italia, with stacked LED running lights.

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The model name, FF, does not mean front engine, front wheel drive. In this case, it stands for four seat, four-wheel-drive, as the FF uses an innovative four-wheel-drive system which can put up to 20 percent of its torque to the front wheels.

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The hatchback gives the FF touring credibility.

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A panoramic glass roof is an option for the FF.

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The cargo space comes up a little short when considering luggage for four passengers.

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Despite its unique looks among Ferrari models, the FF still drives and handles like its stablemates.

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A fin under the rear contributes to aerodynamics. The optional sport exhaust makes a tremendous sound.

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Ferrari coach builders put as much work into the interior as engineers put into the dynamics.

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These rear bucket seats are a little short on legroom, but comfortable nonetheless.

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Double-stitched leather covers the dashboard.

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This optional carbon-fiber steering wheel contains hidden lights at the top of the ring, letting you know when you are about to hit redline. Turn signal buttons sit on the spokes, so there is no need for control stalks on the column.

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The famed Manettino switch controls the car's drive modes.

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The FF uses a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. As such, all shifting is done with paddle shifters on the steering column. These buttons engage reverse, automatic mode, and launch control.

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A big, yellow tachometer sits dead center, while LCDs on either side show mundane information, such as vehicle speed.

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This optional display on the passenger side shows gear, engine speed, and vehicle speed.

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This navigation head unit works just fine but falls short of the general engineering and opulence of the FF.

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For rear-seat entertainment, Ferrari offers optional iPads with integrated holders.

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