The FF is Ferrari’s first true 4 seater, four wheel drive. Conceived, I’m sure for those Europeans who like to make weekend trips across the continent to chic ski and beach resorts, pulling into 5 star + hotels where a gaggle of staff celebrate one’s arrival, flinging open all hatches and unpacking you and your extensive set of matching designer luggage.
Let’s start with where Ferrari is strongest – the V12 6.3lt 486kw engine propels it to 100km/hr in about 3.5 seconds – that means you’re there in 35 metres! It’s probably the fastest car I’ve driven, not by much, but still the fastest. It really works the neck muscles.
As impressive as the acceleration, is the stopping power. I tested jamming the brakes from about 100km/hr and everything just stopped. The brakes, they’re major.
At 4.9 metres it’s really long. And at nearly 2m wide, incredibly stable on 295/35 20inch rims at the back and 245s at the front. That’s a lot of rubber on the ground. Add to that the new 4RM four wheel drive system and this thing is stuck to the ground and loves to be powered up through corners, in fact it feels like it’s begging for it. Impeccable in inclement weather, of which I had my fair share.
It can be completely customised, and truth be told the model I drove was perhaps a tad over-customised. In white pearl paint with a interior of black leather, red piping, carbon fibre, and signature Burberry check fabric – it was like being constantly hugged by an upper middle Chinese guy who’d just been on a shopping spree.
If you have a look on the website you can see them in dark grey with warm tan interiors – they look much more sophisticated.
Italian automobile interiors are rarely as good as German ones. This is no exception. I find it a bit too tricky, bitsy, too many plastic feeling things and the multimedia screen could have been out of any car. In a circa $800k drive I expect the best, the most luxurious, the most refined, absolute hand made all the way. The showy test model doesn’t cut it in the interior stakes. But then again, it’s probably just a matter of customising it with a better selection of finishes.
I must comment the excellence of the complete glass roof. It’s incredibly detailed. Curved. And it’s photosenstive tinting to greater or lesser opacity depending on the light levels, like a pair of designer sunglasses.
The outside is beautiful – no question. The endless lines, the organic curves, the beastly haunches, and the exterior detailing are all amazing. I hear some folk are not comfortable with the overall shape and the hatch back rear – but I love it. It’s unusual, but unusual done really well. And besides, I’ve had a thing for hatch backs since I was a kid, I just didn’t ever think Ferrari would make one.
This thing, like all Ferraris, is a race car. It sounds like heaven from the moment you push the little red ignition button – rah rah! When opened up on a stretch it sound and feels like it’s expanding and swallowing all things you pass. In comfort mode it does drive quite politely around the city but I don’t like it so much, and I don’t think the car likes it either.
Overall it’s been a joy, although I have felt like I need to be in disguise as I’ve never been in anything or with anyone that attracts attention like a Ferrari – it is like driving a rock star.