► F16X: Ferrari's take on the SUV
► A sporting, high-riding coupe
► Due 2021, packs hybrid power
Ferrari is bowing to the inevitable and drawing up plans for a sports car with more than a hint of genus off-roader about it.
Despite years of denying it would build an SUV, CAR magazine can confirm that it's now an active project in Maranello - and even has its own codename: F16X, which will be built alongside the next-gen GTC4 shooting brake range.
A new scoop dossier in the July 2017 issue of CAR (below) reveals the full story on what Ferrari insiders swear isn't an SUV.
Our artist's impression by Andrei Avarvarii (above) gives a good idea of what to expect: it's a five-door, high-riding coupe ready to square up to the new generation of super-luxury sports cars in the works.
It's a sector that's about to explode, led by pricey, butch offerings such as the Aston Martin DBX and Lamborghini's forthcoming Urus.
Ferrari crossover: what to expect from Project F16X
CAR's sources reveal the Ferrari soft-roader will be twinned with the replacement for the GTC4, née Ferrari FF, which is due for replacement in 2020.
That means it'll stick with an aluminium architecture and all-wheel drive (significant that; Ferrari has quietly developed a lot of 4wd knowledge since launching the FF, above, in 2011).
It'll be taller than its next-gen GTC relation and we hear it'll have suicide back doors, allowing for a huge doorway and no B-pillars for unimpeded access to the rear seats.
Engines, specs, prices
The F16X crossover will eschew the V12 power available in the GTC4 Lusso, instead offering a V8 petrol or a hybrid powertrain. That's right: the Ferrari soft-roader will be the brand's first petrol-electric car since the LaFerrari.
How much will the Ferrari SUV cost? In excess of €300,000 (£265,000), according to our insiders.
It's good business, alright. Adding a tougher, rougher Ferrari will help double sales of the pracing horse to around 16,000 a year by the early part of the next decade. Which makes it easier to understand CEO Sergio Marchionne's apparent U-turn in deciding to chase the 4x4 dollar, albeit in a very Ferrari-friendly fashion.
Read the full story in the July 2017 issue of CAR magazine on sale now. Click here for a preview