Ferrari Four fun time

The funky shape is what insiders call a “shooting brake,” essentially a long nose mated to a two-door cockpit and hatchback.

Ferrari keeps its secrets better than a Cold War spy agency. No one saw the radically-shaped, two-door, four-seat Ferrari Four coming.

It broke cover in late January, along with the news that it would be the company’s first-ever all-wheel drive.

A couple months later, I’m tucked behind the wheel of the $300,000 FF, testing its V-12-powered moves deep in the Dolomite mountains of northern Italy. Talk about a happy turn of events.

The FF looks oversize in photos, but the shotgun wedding of four seats and aggressive sports styling is more organic in real life. The gaping black front grill is as fearsome as the mouth of a Great White. It seems ready to snack on lesser vehicles unfortunate enough to be caught in the asphalt current.

The front seats are deep, ideal for capturing your frame as G forces pound you into the leather.

Practicality aside, it’s still a Ferrari. The FF hits 62 mph in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of more than 200. In a single hard blast down a curving section of the Autostrada, my guts turned to jelly. It’s fast.

A short time ago, I didn’t even know this car existed. Now it’s all I can think about.


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