By Keith Buglewicz
The 2013 Ferrari FF draws the eye to it in a way the 612 Scaglietti it replaced never could. While the wagon-like rear end is unusual for Ferrari, it still works with the brand's traditional styling themes, managing to still look sleek and fast. Under the skin is a massive 6.3-liter V12 that for the first time in a Ferrari routes its 651 horsepower to all four wheels via an all-wheel-drive system Ferrari calls 4RM. Despite the size and all-wheel drive, the FF weighs in at less than 4,000 pounds, meaning it's still nimble enough to live up to its heritage. As for the name, the FF stands for "Ferrari Four," referencing its 4-passenger seating and 4-wheel-drive layout.
Even the rich can't control the weather (yet), and sometimes the winding road to your winter villa is snowed in. The Ferrari FF is for them, its all-wheel drive making short work of bad weather, and its rear seats letting the kids tag along.
Talking about "value" in the exotic segment of the market sounds a little odd, but the reality is that you can find equally high performance – along with better navigation and infotainment, and a better dealer network – in less expensive cars.
The Ferrari FF was all-new for the 2012 model year. Subsequently, the 2013 iteration is virtually unchanged.
Driving Impressions Can you imagine a 4-seat hatchback that can rocket from a standstill to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds, and keep going until it hits 208 mph? You don't need to,...... because Ferrari already imagined it, then built it. The 4RM all-wheel-drive system enhances the FF's dry-weather performance, but it also lets FF drivers take all that power and style onto slick roads previously off limits to a Ferrari. Ferrari proved the point with the help of World Rally Champion Markku Alen, putting him behind the wheel and letting him loose on a snow-covered rally course. Although the performance-oriented tires didn't provide the best traction, the FF nevertheless tore through the slippery stuff with utter confidence. The video's worth a quick trip to YouTube.
MULTI-TASKING MANETTINO STEERING WHEEL
This multifunction steering wheel looks like it's straight off of a Formula 1 car. Here, the buttons control ignition, turn signals, and the Manettino 5-position suspension switch for Comfort, Sport, Snow, Wet and ESC off.
NUMEROUS INTERIOR UPGRADE OPTIONS
Ferrari's clientele is accustomed to getting what they want, and Ferrari accommodates them as much as possible with a wide variety of choices for leather, colors, seats, and other interior materials.
Just because there are four seats, it doesn't mean all four passengers are treated equally in the 2013 Ferrari FF. The deeply sculpted rear seats are better suited to a small child than an adult. The front seats are excellent though, with an optional multi-position power option allowing drivers to find the perfect fit. Exquisite leather covers the seats, dash, doors, and everything else. The only out-of-step touch is the navigation system, which was hard to use and dated.Exterior
Hatchback shape or not, the 2013 Ferrari FF is Ferrari at its finest. The wagon-like shape flows from the long hood to the hatch, giving this Ferrari elements of practicality and versatility that have usually been lacking in the brand's cars. The attention to details is everywhere, from the artfully sculpted side vents to the way the car's sheet metal wraps around the single circular taillights. It's the kind of coachwork you expect from such an expensive car.
There's only one powertrain for the 2013 Ferrari FF: a 6.3-liter V12 engine, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, 4RM all-wheel drive, and electro-mechanical center differential. Inside, all Ferrari FF's get full leather interior, a power-adjustable tilt/telescopic steering wheel, voice-activated navigation, AM/FM/CD/MP3/DVD stereo with 30 GB hard-drive music storage, dual-zone automatic climate control, and automatic headlights with washers. Behind the standard 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are a Magnaride adaptive suspension and Brembo ceramic brakes. Standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and stability control and front seat side-impact airbags.
To keep 2013 Ferrari FF drivers from seeing themselves coming and going, the FF can be optioned up to near-custom levels. You can get swiveling headlights, an upgraded audio system pumping 1,280 watts of music power, an even better leather interior, cruise control, matching leather luggage...the list goes on and on, and Ferrari will even take special requests for the right price. You can also get more performance-oriented options, like engine idle cutoff, sport exhaust pipes and 20-inch diamond-finish aluminum-alloy wheels.
The 2013 Ferrari FF's powertrain remains unchanged. At its heart is a handbuilt 6.3-liter V12 engine, routing power through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual shift control. Power flows to all four wheels via an electro-mechanical center differential that routes power to the wheels with the best traction. In a nod to better performance, Ferrari says its AWD unit is 50-percent lighter than a conventional system.
651 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm
486 lb-ft of torque @ 8,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/17 mpg
If you have to ask, right? But, since you did, the 2013 Ferrari FF has a starting price around $300,000. Of course, that's for a "base" model, and who wants that? Add on options, and you can easily push the price to closer to $400,000 or more. What competes against it? Well, there's the Bentley Continental Super Sport at $270,000, or the Aston Martin Vantage Carbon Black at around $200,000. But we think the 2013 Ferrari FF is in a class of its own.
By FordFerrariFiat on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I don't own this caroverall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fast for millionaires kids in Alaska"
Cons: "Bad Price. $300000"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The Ferrari FF- Well, Its got a Ferocious engine which is quiet when cruzin' V12 engine with massive 608 hp with a fast top speed at 208 MPH. It is a great car for millionaires living in the north because its got a great 4wd system in a Ferrari! I love it. Its competitors the SLS, Lambo and GT3 are falling right behind, but this is the best FordFerrariFiat"
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