The Ferrari FF was released as a replacement to the 612 Scaglietti. It was also among the first models to feature four-wheel drive in its performance, along with the incorporation of being an estate as well as a shooting brake. The five metres length may be small compared to other cars, but its interior and performance features are completely delivered within this seemingly tiny frame. There’s also the impressive V12 engine that staggers through the fastest speeds and sudden accelerations.
In terms of structure, the FF has a 40mm longer wheelbase than the 612. The effect is more cabin space for passengers. An enjoyable ride assured from the 6.3-litre V12 engine that was developed from the 599 GTB and Enzo. But what really makes the FF a memorable model is how it doesn’t need a centre differential from the conventional all-wheel drive system of other vehicles. Instead the FF employs a regular rear-wheel drive Ferrari that can return the power to the back wheels with the help of a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Power is only transferred from the engine into the second gearbox when the drive is necessary at the front axle.
Clutches are responsible for the front differential, which is able to deliver torque vectoring for enhanced handling and management of traction. Owners need not worry about clutches overheating as the practice driver is only transferred to the front axle for a short while. Steering feel corruption is minimised as an effect of the compact and light system.
The FF maintains the same driving enjoyment as the 612, with its ability to cover long distances. A quiet cabin is also assured along with its excellent agility. Its incredible power can be mainly credited to the FF’s 91-litre fuel tank and of course, its impressive engine.
The engine isn’t just powerful, but keeps its capability in check via its lower gears. You also won’t have any problems going into higher speeds thanks to the engine’s 80 per cent 504lb ft of torque that starts at 1750 rpm. Acceleration from zero to 124mph can easily be reached after just 11 seconds, making the FF deliver the company’s claim of a 599 GTB. Plus even with its incredible power, the 651bhp car does not intimidate and can still deliver its potential effectively throughout any road.
Sensational power and incredible looks aside, the FF could still use some points for improvement. Other features could have been better managed so that the rear-drive chassis would have stood out in terms of its function. But the FF may not have any problems in this respect as the vehicle does not really have a direct rival. The closest that comes to this model is the Bentley Continental GT. But even then the Bentley features distinct and totally different features. Plus the FF stands out as being more agile to drive as a four-wheel.
Although the V12 engine is refined and smooth, the gearbox tends to be jerky when you’re on reverse park mode. This can be improved through the improved manual gearboxes.
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