The Ferrari FF is a 4-seat vehicle and uses four-wheel drive and is classified as a grand tourer. This vehicle was first presented to the public in March of 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show and is the very first production four-wheel drive model to come from Ferrari. The body style on this vehicle has been referred to as a “shooting-brake”, which is a kind of sporting station wagon or estate car that has two doors. This vehicle replaced the 612 Scaglietti grand tourer and has a top speed of 335 km/h or 208 mph and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h or 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. When the Ferrari FF was first released ,it cost a total of $300,000.
The FF has the distinction of being the first Ferrari vehicle with such a large capacity road-going engine at 6,262 cc with a naturally aspirated direct injected V12 design that is capable of producing up to 660 PS at 8,000 rpm and 683 N m or 504 pound-feet of torque at 6000 rpm. The FF comes equipped with a 7-speed double clutch semi-automatic paddle shift system which resembles that of the California as well as the 458 Italia and the F12 Berlinetta.
This vehicle uses a new 4-wheel drive system which was engineered and patented by Ferrari, called the 4RM. This system is half as light as the conventional one and provides power to each of the four wheels when necessary. The system is only operational when the dial on the steering wheel has been set to “comfort” or “snow”, putting the vehicle in the traditional rear-wheel drive layout for the most part. The first time that Ferrari used the 4RM system was for a prototype in the 80s called the 408 4RM, which refers to the 4.0 liter 8-cylinder 4 Ruote Motrici engine.
The system that the Ferrari FF uses is based on the secondary gearbox which takes power from the front of the engine. The gearbox in this vehicle has just two forward gears, 2nd and 4th, as well as reverse, so the system is active in only 1st to 4th gears. There is a connection between the gearbox and each of the front wheels through a series of independent haldex-type clutches which have no differential. Because of the differences in these ratios, the clutches continually slip and only transmit about 20% of the engine’s torque.
The same basic design language was used for the FF as most other Ferrari models in the past, such as its pulled-back headlights which are also on the 458 Italia, as well as twin circular taillights which can be found on the 458 along with the 599 GTB Fiorano. This vehicle was designed under direction from Lowie Vermeersch, a former Design Director at Pininifarina. The styling for this vehicle is very distinctive, including its large egg-crate grille as well as the four exhaust tips and defined side skirts. Despite the fact that this vehicle does share quite a few things in common with its predecessors, it is still unique in its own right.
The FF has won a number of awards since it was first launched, including Top Gear Magazine’s “Estate Car of the Year” award in 2011 as well as the “Least Fuel Efficient Car in the midsize class” in May of 2013 for the FF’s 12-cylinder 6.3 liter Auto or AM7. The hatchback-like shooting brake design along with the collapsible rear seats provides drivers with a full boot capacity of 450 liters to 800 liters. While this vehicle certainly has its flaws, it is still a sleek, stylish, and powerful car overall.