But now we have these shots of the new 2+2 Ferrari 612 replacement. Clearly visible here are the 458-esque headlights with LED headlight accents and funky tear-duct shaped point on the inside edges of the lamps. We also got a close look at the rear of the vehicle and hiding under all of that camo and cladding is, in fact, a real window.
Ferrari has unveiled its first-ever production four-wheel-drive model, a front-engined V12 four-seater GT that not only replaces the 612 two-plus-two coupe but also aims to attract a new kind of "all-roads, all-seasons" Ferrari customer.
The new 2012 Ferrari FF is named for its four seats and four-wheel-drive. It was designed by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari's own chief designer, Flavio Manzoni.
The four-wheel-drive system, claimed to be around 50 percent lighter than comparable applications, preserves the desirable rear weight bias of recent V12 Ferraris. Called 4RM (for 'Ruote Motori') the system is unique to Ferrari, using the car's electronic systems seamlessly to direct torque to the front wheels when slippery conditions demand it, but mostly leaving the car in its desirable (and understeer-free) rear-wheel-drive state.
Though the FF is more versatile than traditional Ferraris, Maranello counters any suggestions that it is "soft" by giving it a newly developed 6.2-litre V12 with just under 10 per cent more swept volume and 22 percent more power than the 612. It's mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The FF also gets the efficiency-building measures introduced in the California, including stop-start and smart charging to improve economy by about 10 per cent. The FF engine produces 650bhp at 8000rpm and 504lb ft of torque (up 16 per cent) at 5000rpm. Despite these higher outputs, CO2 output is dramatically slashed from 470 to 360g/km (23 per cent) while combined fuel consumption improves from a distinctly average 13.8mpg to 18.3mpg.
The FF's 0-62mph acceleration time of 3.7sec also undercuts the 612's by 0.4 sec, while its 208mph top speed beats the 612 by about 10mph.
Ferrari claims an impressive kerb weight of 3,957 pounds for the FF, undercutting the 612 by 110 lbs. despite the new all-wheel drive system.