The FF – standing for Ferrari Four (four seats, four-wheel drive) – ushers in an entirely new GT sports car concept. Designed by Pininfarina, the shape and proportions interpret the FF’s blend of sporting DNA and usability. They resemble the lines of perhaps a Reliant Scimitar or BMW Z3 Coupe with the long hood, setback cabin and tailgated rear-end. The FF features the company’s first four-wheel drive system. Its patented 4RM (four-wheel drive) weighs 50 per cent less than a conventional system, maintaining good weight distribution (53 per cent over the rear axle).
Completely integrated with the car’s dynamic control systems, the four-wheel drive technology delivers 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 magneto-rheological damping system (SCM3), as well as the most recent development in carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes.
Exceptional performance come courtesy of the new 6262cc direct-injection engine which develops 651hp at 8000rpm. In tandem with its transaxle dual-clutch F1 transmission, stunning acceleration figures (0-62mph in 3.7sec) are guaranteed. The new model’s class-leading weight-to-power ratio, along with its ideal weight distribution, ensures 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 trunk capacity in its category, including four-door cars.
A vast array of personalization options and accessories has been developed for the FF. These include six model-specific exterior colors and sumptuous interior trim incorporating specially selected and treated aniline leather.
The FF, which will make its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, was originally presented with the first three photos of a red car from a dedicated shoot by Giovanni Gastel. However, a new studio shot of the FF in an elegant Grigio Ferro Metallic grey was also added, along with photos from the car’s development testing carried out on the four-wheel-drive system over snow-covered roads in Sweden and Finland. These depict the prototype mule clad in camouflage used during the long-term testing of the Ferrari 4RM system.