Half decade has passed from the Ferrari’s launch announcement of the Ferrari FF in THE Geneva Motor Show. People were surprised back then for several things, mostly for the eccentricity of Ferrari, due to the Ferrari’s first production of a four-wheel-drive model and a new kind of body style which it was described as a shooting-brake, like a weird type of sporting hatchback/state car with two doors. Essentially a successor to the 612 Scaglietti, it’s unique with his grand tourer style, with foldable rear seats and a trunk capacity of up to 28 cu-ft.
If we blend all the arguments said before with the fact that this car is equipped with a colossal 6.3 L F140 EB V12, we end up pretty confused. Is like a risky move that only a famous and glorious brand like Ferrari can take. The 2016 FF is without doubts an impressive car. Ferrari can only be bold to fuse a hatchback, a four-wheel-drive car, a grand tourer, and near-supercar performance numbers. Ferrari was already an exotic supercar maker. Now is making exotics among the exotics.
Let’s review this upcoming Italian supercar.
Powertrain and Performance
Under the hood, there is a wild and aggressive engine, the largest capacity road-going Ferrari engine ever produced. An F140 EB with 6.3 L, naturally aspirated, direct-injected V12, delivering up to 651 hp at 8000 rpm and 504 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm. Paired with a seven-speed dual clutch semi-automatic with paddle shift system, similar with the one found in the California, the 458 Italia, and the F12 Berlinetta. This powertrain allows the FF accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and with a top speed locked at 211 mph. Also, rumors said that it’ll be a V8 engined version developed for the California T.
The first Ferrari’s all-wheel-drive model is patented by the company and it’s called 4RM. Ferrari claims that the system created by them is 50% lighter than conventional layouts and it functions only when the manettino dial on the steering wheel is in the comfort or snow position.
Design and Interior
The FF has an exquisite silhouette, exclusive by the current design trends in Ferrari. The elongated headlights similar to those found in the 458 Italia are beautiful. The grille is sublime with those square lines, and the elongated hood until the “hatch” section is smooth. The panels on the FF are well designed and fit so good with the concept of the car that is insanely sexy. The rear end with the black diffuser and the dual twin exhaust tubes are quite astonishing, accompanied with the luxury of the Ferrari’s logo.
Now the inside is roomy and seems to be comfortable with fantastic seats and that emblematic steering wheel. In the back row, a couple of average-size adults can fit comfortable enough. All materials are top-notch, and luxury and extravagant features are in the totality of the car. The instrument cluster features a giant center-mounted tachometer flanked by two LCD screens. The right display shows driving information such as speed, digital readout, a conventional dial, and also, the rear camera. The left display shows accessory dials, navigation and trip information, and warning lights. A third optional screen showing engine and vehicle speed, and trip information is also available.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 FF is an intrepid concept that surely is going to succeed. A legendary badge, as the “Ferrari” one, on any car make it automatically successful. Huge cargo space, insane performance, and magnificent aesthetic, all-in-one.
Estimated starting price at US$298.750.