Keep an eye out tomorrow for the first official view of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti replacement, which is due to be shown to a select group of owners via a live weblink at the website. It’s a private affair, but the internet being what it is these days, we can expect to see pictures and spec details distributed shortly thereafter.

The usual spy pictures and interior shots have already leaked onto the web, but the really interesting rumour is that the 612 successor might in fact be real shooting-brake variant. A prototype has been running around Maranello during the past few months and the production car will be officially launched at the Geneva Autosalon in six weeks time.

We suspect there will be plenty of customers who would welcome a more usable successor to the 612 Scaglietti.

Further rumours suggest this could well be Ferrari’s first four-wheel-drive GT, using a system which remains engaged up to 70 mph (to aid low speed traction), whereupon it disengages to aid fuel economy and performance.

The shooting-brake layout (part way between a hatchback and estate) is said to provide a rear tailgate and folding rear seats offering increased luggage space. It makes sense given the remit for Ferrari’s flagship model, which Ferrari President Luca Montezemolo has always viewed as the most spacious and versatile model in the range.

We will know more tomorrow and whilst many of the purists are aghast at the thought of a 4WD shooting-brake Ferrari, Maranello clearly need to respond to a marketplace which is being softened up by the onslaught of the VW Group luxury models including the Bentley Continental GT, Porsche Panamera Turbo and future four-wheel drive Lamborghini models.

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