Ferrari have not always built good four-seater cars… Ferrari Mondial, anyone?
Anyway, regardless of how you’ve felt about Ferrari’s 456 or 612 Scaglietti, four-seat cars are a good business for them. The modern ones aren’t bad to look at nor drive, contrary to what you may read or hear.
To replace the aging 612 Scaglietti, Ferrari have gone about totally redoing their 2+2 efforts. The new car, the FF, will feature a Ferrari first… all-wheel drive. Now there’s something you don’t hear everyday.
But let’s be honest here, it’s not like they’ve been lagging behind. I mean, Porsche’s only been doing AWD cars since 1986. And, c’mon, Lamborghini’s only been at it since 1993. However, we all know it didn’t work that well anyway.
Since Ferrari’s not too late to the game, we pick up where we left off; the four-wheel drive, four-seat, V12 front-engine supercar. Otherwise known as, the FF. That stands for Ferrari Four, for the 2+2 and AWD configurations. Won’t it be a little weird that it’s called the Ferrari Ferrari Four?
Moving on… With its 651 hp 6.3-liter V12, I don’t think you’ll be whining about the name too much. And while I like the look, I’ve shown it to my friends to only hear a lot of, “Eww, what is that?” coming out of their mouths. It reminds me a lot of the BMW Z3 M, one of my all-time favorites.
You can read more in the press release below, but the important numbers are 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, or 0-60 in about 3.5s, and a top speed of 208 mph. Ferrari claim their four-wheel drive system provides near perfect 50/50 weight distribution with only 53% of the vehicle’s weight sitting out the rear, all while weighing 50% less than the typical all-wheel drive system commonly used.
Ferrari is also using, for the second time in a road car, their patented HELE system (High Emotion Low Emissions – Worst. Name. Ever). Basically, it cuts emissions while increasing power from the engine. It has start/stop technology that can restart the car in 230 milliseconds, and by using new engine technologies, Ferrari has used the HELE system in the California to improve C02 emissions by 23%.
And to the Pininfarina designers who made this car possible, I say to you, good work, sirs. Everyone loves a good shooting brake.
The new Ferrari is about to arrive
The FF unveiled on www.ferrari.com
A revolutionary four-seater, four-wheel drive V12 Ferrari: exceptional performance and versatility
Maranello, 21st January 2011 – The official Prancing Horse web site, Ferrari.com, has revealed the first photographs of the new FF, the company’s most powerful, versatile four-seater ever, as well as its first ever four-wheel drive car.
The FF – an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive) – 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.
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 levels come courtesy of the new 6,262 cc direct injection engine which develops 660 CV at 8,000 rpm. In tandem with its transaxle dual-clutch F1 gearbox, stunning acceleration figures (0-100 km/h in 3.7 sec.) are guaranteed. The new model’s class-leading weight-to-power ratio of 2.7 kg/CV, 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.
Type 65-degree V12
Overall displacement 6,262 cc
Maximum power 660 CV @ 8,000 rpm
Maximum torque 683 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
Dimensions and weight
Length 4907 mm
Width 1953 mm
Height 1379 mm
Dry weight* 1790 kg
Weight distribution 47% front, 53% rear
Weight/power ratio 2.7 kg/CV
Maximum speed 335 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.7 sec
Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE+EUDC)
Fuel consumption** 15,4 l/100 km
Emissions** 360 g/km
* European market version
** With HELE system