The FF is all new. FF stands for Ferrari Four, signaling four seats and four-wheel drive. That's right, the company that swore it would never build a four-wheel-drive vehicle just did -- and it's a wagon. The FF replaces the 612 Scaglietti, which never really resonated with Ferrari customers. The added usability from the hatchback and the winter-friendliness of all-wheel drive certainly make the FF something to think about...
It looks far better in person than it does in photos, but the FF probably won't win any design awards. At least not for its styling. What's underneath is a different story. Ferrari's first all-wheel-drive system is a simple, elegant solution to a big engineering challenge: how do you send power to the front wheels of a car with its engine behind the front axle and the transaxle in back? Simple, you add a second transmission onto the front of the engine. The two-speed front transmission, or Power Transfer Unit, allows the FF to send torque to the front wheels without heavy driveshafts or differentials, and a built-in torque vectoring capability allows the FF's computers to adjust the car's cornering attitude. It's brilliant. The FF's V-12 engine is no less impressive. It is Ferrari's first direct-injected twelve and uses six-into-one headers that were first seen on the 599GTO, which means it's a screamer. It revs to 8200 rpm, and its torque peak of 504 lb-ft occurs at a lofty 6000 rpm, but it's already making 370 lb-ft at 1000 rpm. In other words, by the time the tach needle hits one grand, the 6.3-liter V-12 is twisting out more torque than the California's V-8 does at its peak. And that speaks to the drivability of the FF. With four large, comfortable seats, a spacious, gorgeously finished cargo space, and four-wheel drive, this is truly the first Ferrari you could drive every day.
Trim level: FF
Body style: Hatchback, 2+2-passenger
Engine: 6.3L V-12, 651 hp, 504 lb-ft
Transmissions: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and 2-speed automatic
Passenger Volume: N/A
Cargo space: 15.9 cu ft
Front air bags, traction and stability control, and ABS are standard.
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