With the new four-wheel-drive Ferrari FF shooting brake, Ferrari has broken the sports-car mold and turned upside-down everything the world thought a Ferrari should be.
Somehow, Ferrari has managed to create an all-weather V12 rocket that can seat 4 comfortably, hit 208 mph and haul 28.3 cubic feet of luggage while still looking like a Ferrari. With its first year of production sold out and nary a negative first drive review to be found, I think it’s safe to say the FF is a huge hit.
But if you think the crew in Maranello is content to sit back and enjoy its success, think again. Next up: a new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.
The new 599 could reportedly pack 700 hp from its V12 while featuring a lighter aluminum chassis to increase performance even more. Word is that the 599 won’t incorporate the FF’s AWD system, but a future replacement for the California could.
Autocar quotes a Ferrari insider as saying,
And that’s why I love Ferrari, always innovating but never abandoning its roots.
Jaguar, on the other hand, may be about to commit the mortal sin of brand experience: an SUV.
InsideLine reports a Jaguar ute will come as the latest product in a stream of new vehicles planned for Jaguar, which could include an all-wheel-drive XJ sedan, a new 3 Series rival and an XFR-S super sedan.
The SUV would almost certainly be a version of a Land Rover, but probably modified for superior on-road handling and performance. I suppose a Jag ute could make sense, considering BMW and Porsche play the game, but it just doesn’t seem right for Jaguar. Maybe I’ll feel differently in four years, when the SUV hits dealers.
As if talking about new Ferraris and Jaguars wasn’t enough, here’s one more to anxiously await: the Audi R8 GT Spyder. An open-top version of the R8 GT coupe, expect the same 560-hp V10 mated to Audi’s R-tronic 6-speed automated manual transmission, all good for a top speed of 193 mph.
Audi’s new masterpiece will debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Assuming you had the opportunity, which car would you take home: the next Ferrari 599, the Jaguar SUV or the Audi R8 GT Spyder?