As widely predicted Ferrari revealed its first four wheel-drive model this morning, a revolutionary four-seater, four-wheel drive V12 Ferrari to replace the 612 Scaglietti. They have named it the FF – an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive) – although we have to assume that Maranello had one eye on the 1970s Jenson Interceptor, which first brought the FF tag to the market (FF stands for Ferguson Formula, after Ferguson Research Ltd., who invented the car’s four-wheel drive system) and coincidentally was also the first four-wheel drive car to reach production.
The other feature in common between Ferrari’s FF and the Jenson Interceptor is the use of a rear hatch, providing the versatility to make this 4-seat Ferrari the most practical in the marques history.
The Ferrari FF ushers in an entirely new GT sports car concept. A decisive break with the past, the new car represents not so much an evolution as a true revolution for the marque.
This new V12 melds to an unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance character with incredible versatility, superb comfort and sophisticated elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers an absolutely unique driving experience.
Designed by Pininfarina, the shape and proportions perfectly interpret the FF’s harmonious blend of sporting DNA and extraordinary usability.
The FF features the company’s first ever four-wheel drive system. Ferrari’s exclusive, patented 4RM (four-wheel drive) weighs 50 per cent less than a conventional four-wheel drive system, maintaining perfect weight distribution (53 per cent over the rear axle). Completely integrated with the car’s electronic dynamic control systems, the four-wheel drive technology delivers record levels of performance on all terrains and in all conditions via continuous and intelligent predictive torque distribution to all four wheels. The FF is also equipped with the latest magnetorheological damping system (SCM3), as well as the most recent development in carbon-ceramic brakes from Brembo.
Exceptional performance comes as standard courtesy of a new 6,262 cc direct injection engine which develops 651 bhp at 8,000 rpm. In tandem with its transaxle dual-clutch F1 gearbox, stunning acceleration figures (0-62 mph in 3.7 sec.) are guaranteed. The new model’s class-leading weight-to-power ratio of 2.7 kg/PS, along with its ideal weight distribution, ensures exceptionally responsive handling. The result is that owners will be able to enjoy the FF’s prowess over a wide range of uses: city driving, on low grip or snow-covered surfaces and on the track.
Performance aside, Maranello’s latest model also offers standards of passenger space, comfort, in-car spec and equipment previously unheard of in such a high-performance car. It can comfortably accommodate four people and their luggage, thanks to the best cabin space and boot capacity (450 litres extendable to 800) figures in its category, including four-door cars.
A vast array of personalisation options and accessories has been developed for the FF. These include six model-specific exterior colours and sumptuous interior trim incorporating specially selected and treated aniline leather.
The FF, which will make its official debut in occasion of the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, is presented today with the first three photos from a dedicated shoot by Giovanni Gastel.
You can get closer to the new Ferrari FF by visiting Ferrari’s new microsite which will be updated with more information during the run up to the Geneva Autosalon in March. Visit: http://ferrarifour.com/.
At a Glance
|Overall displacement||6,262 cc|
|Maximum power||651 bhp @ 8,000 rpm|
|Maximum torque||683 Nm @ 6,000 rpm|
|Dimensions and weight|
|Height||1379 mm (30 mm taller than the 612)|
|Dry weight*||1790 kg (50kg less than the outgoing 612 Scaglietti)|
|Weight distribution||47% front, 53% rear|
|Weight/power ratio||2.7 kg/PS|
|Maximum speed||209 mph (335 km/h)|
|0-62 mph||3.7 sec|
|Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE+EUDC)|
|Fuel consumption**||18.3 mpg on the combined cycle (15.4 l/100 km)|
* European market version
** With HELE system