By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor - Updated Date: 7/5/2012
Billed as the replacement for the unloved 612 Scaglietti, the 2012 Ferrari FF draws the eye to it in a way the 612 never could. The wagon-like rear end (known as a shooting brake in European parlance) works well with the traditional Ferrari styling themes, stretching the car's lines rearward to a pleasing tail end that doesn't look truncated (think BMW M Coupe). The FF's massive 6.3-liter V12 engine routes 651 screaming horses to all four wheels via its 4RM AWD system, a first for Ferrari. Despite the additional hardware, the FF remains safely under the 4,000-pound limit, ensuring its performance potential is not impeded in any way. The FF name refers to "Ferrari Four," a play on the car's 4-passenger seating and 4-wheel drive layout.You'll Like This Car If...
The super-rich sometimes have to drive in bad weather too. So for them, Ferrari builds the 2012 FF. Its AWD layout means that snowy roads are no longer an impediment to fun and the four seats allow the kids to come along for the ride.You May Not Like This Car If...
Even the super-rich appreciate a good value. If performance is at the top of your supercar requirement list, you can find it in abundance in less-expensive exotics with better navigation, audio and infotainment systems, not to mention a larger dealer network.What's New for 2012
The FF is all new for 2012, replacing the Ferrari 612.Driving It Driving Impressions
What more needs to be said about a car that can rocket from a standing start to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds, attain a top speed of 208 mph and do it all without breaking a sweat? That's what awaits the lucky owner of Ferrari's 2012 FF. The 4RM AWD system only serves to enhance the FF's performance on dry pavement, as well as take it places no Ferrari has dared set foot (or in this case, tire). To prove the point, Ferrari put World Rally Champion Markku Alen behind the wheel and let him loose on a snow-covered rally course. Although the performance-oriented tires didn't provide the best traction, the FF nevertheless got after it, tearing through the slippery stuff with utter confidence. Google it if you want to see some impressive driving.Favorite Features
MULTI-TASKING MANETTINO STEERING WHEEL
This all-in-one wheel features controls for the ignition, turn signals and the Manettino 5-position suspension switch for comfort, sport, snow, wet and ESC off.
NUMEROUS INTERIOR UPGRADE OPTIONS
Because the FF offers numerous choices for leather, colors, seating, carpeting, headliners and dash trim, it's possible to create a one-of-a-kind FF with your own unique stamp.