Review: Ferrari FF

14 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Review: Ferrari FF

Behind the Wheel: Ferrari FF

a well-known fact that the sound of a Ferrari V12 is ultimate of the vehicular gods. The engine#8217;s are like a cross between the roar of a big cat, a few doses of thunder and a chorus of heavenly Since the now-famous Ferrari V12 showed up in the Italian automaker#8217;s roadgoing car, the 1947 125 S, form of 12-cylinder Ferrari (V12 or Flat-12) has been the hood in no fewer than cars over the past years. One of Ferrari#8217;s most offerings, the Ferrari FF ($300,000+). use of the V12 staple, albeit in its most form ever in a roadgoing car but the FF also makes a noticeable from Ferrari Grand of the past through polarizing all-wheel-drive, practical (yes, seating for four and enough room to hit the road for more a day. What they#8217;ve with the FF is everything a driver want and more than one ever imagine. The FF takes and illustrious convention, stands it on its and kicks it through the uprights.

touring is never something to be lightly in the auto industry, and much less so with For Maranello to depart from of tradition to opt for a two-door, all-wheel-drive wagon is risky, to say the least. All of GT cars have been two-door beasts with a 2+2 The FF, however, resembles a longer and version of the cult-beloved first BMW M Coupe; it looks like a angry frog with big haunches. It could be argued it#8217;s more like the most powerful two-door wagon than it is a grand For some context, take a at its predecessor, the easy-to-forget 612 Scaglietti. car was hugely capable both in and performance, but it didn#8217;t quite attention the way the FF does #8212; and yet the FF has presence without the prominent of the Ferrari redheads so popular in and movies.

It#8217;s less the professional sports car and more the sleek for the affluent family man. the vehicular equivalent of Darth Tie Fighter, if you will.

Not only is it a traditional grand touring it#8217;s also unlike any ever. Despite its still-significant the FF is far more under the radar the 458, the F12 or the LaFerrari, especially in Canna di Fucile (charcoal It#8217;s less the professional high-profile sports car and more the sleek powerhouse for the affluent man. It#8217;s the vehicular of Darth Vader#8217;s TIE Fighter, if you The FF#8217;s fascia is prominent but with an elegant egg crate and large tapering LED headlights. A view provides the familiar design aesthetic, but change angle just a bit and the long becomes apparent, showcasing a greenhouse that doesn#8217;t but rather ends abruptly in form. The family-friendly setup of the FF be understated. Two adults can fit comfortably in the rear seats for long of time, and mounting booster or seats is as easy as any family we#8217;ve come across. The did the same thing but didn#8217;t the fold-down rear seats or the afforded by the hatchback.

The Ferrari from Family Man

Cage drove (and owned) the Ferrari 550 Maranello in the movie. Of course, he never transports any family members in it. Don gets to drive it more poor Mr. Cage. At least for us, the star of the movie was this silver grand tourer. Oh, and that beautiful V12 sound.

The interior is a beautiful blend of and luxury #8212; the caramel-colored is diamond-quilt stitched for an opulent and the well-placed array of carbon bits are wonderful to both and behold. The traditional Ferrari HVAC vents are especially to use and carry over the theme the old double round brake only found in single-side on current Ferraris. The F1-based wheel is clearly the center of and for good reason. The 5-position (little manager) and the top-mounted light are racer-friendly and send an invitation to the driver: maximize car#8217;s potential. Hub-mounted signals take some used to but work surprisingly in spirited, high-speed lane One of our favorite features is the grippy floor-mounted foot plate for the passenger. Rather than merely decorative (it is a sight, for it helps ensure that envious friend to your stays planted in the seat you nail those apexes. a brilliant idea that dresses up the carpet in a way a true car can appreciate.


The all-wheel-drive system is fascinating and quite unconventional. Two transmissions are The first is a 7-speed dual set up for the rear wheels. The second is a gearbox for the front wheels, to send power when the system senses diminished What this accomplishes is a of tasks, reducing the car#8217;s and helping it operate smoothly without the need for a center or an extra driveshaft.

Aside all of the design and technical explanation, the drive that we truly about, and the FF is a car that must be Easy to drive around in automatic mode, the FF could as a pricey daily driver due to its shifting and high level of and practicality; the ride is firm but not over bumps. But always at low speeds is the hefty burble of the 651 horsepower V12, begging you to it hard. The largest displacement in Ferrari#8217;s lineup, the car#8217;s means business, from the red crackle paint on the manifold to the that envelops your once you depress the steering-wheel-mounted red button. The car pulls hard and shocking power, the V12 snorting and as the speeds climb effortlessly but oh so

What#8217;s a family Ferrari an appropriately bespoke child seat? Ferrari helped our make out like a mini-Schuey in the seat, even including nice armrests to grip daddy nails the apexes. The booster makes lesser pee themselves as the FF#8217;s V12 revs at the stoplight. Disclaimer: the model is right. Don#8217;t forget: tiny passenger must be 4 old to ride in a car seat like even if it is a Ferrari.

A Ferrari informed us that the FF#8217;s performance is not much different the 458s, something we agreed due to the combination of power to weight balance and output. Though we get to explore anywhere near its top speed of 208 MPH, 120 came and with nary a thought. The car for more as we flicked the CF paddle ratcheted the 7-speed and watched the white lines whip by It#8217;s planted, quick and seamless in just about way. Even with the riding shotgun and the baby in the it#8217;s easily forgotten you are in a four-passenger car and not within a childhood daydream. When coming to a the V12 downshifts and lets out a healthy that#8217;s enough to make a spine tingle with

Most prominent of all, the driving experience, is the magnitude of the departure from tradition. The of an all-wheel-drive family hyper is the kind that makes you what constituted the conversation in the in Maranello. Though there have been, at least on, some mild head-scratching, in the end were surely smiles all in anticipation of what they had The execution of the FF is near perfect, and delivered in the way of practicality, scintillating arresting physical presence and raw power cannot be underestimated. not just the Ferrari name has translated to a sold out model. a Ferrari that changes the touring game.

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