Who’s for a FF Ferrari?


Just like the Ferguson FF or the Jenson FF, Ferrari have come up with their own all-wheel-drive supercar.  Those with a lot of money may apply for one.

The way they get the AWD unique, patented 4RM all-wheel-drive setup that dispenses with a transfer case and center differential in favor of distributing drive from both ends of the engine’s crankshaft.  In addition, the FF can carry up to 800 liters of luggage with the rear seats folded or 450 liters with the seats up and two adults in the back.

Ferrari FF with AWD. Ferrari FF with AWD.

Ferrari claim the AWD really does work, and it is not a gimmick.  It usable on dirt roads, although even with its adaptive suspension with magnetically-controlled dampers, being primarily a supercar, the FF unlikely to be the most comfortable way to travel on Thailand’s up-country roads.

The 4RM AWD setup is claimed to weigh 50 percent less than a conventional AWD system.  The FF sends power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle transmission, which helps the car achieve a 53 percent rearwards weight distribution, despite being front-engined.

The engine is Ferrari’s first direct-injection V12 engine, of 6262 cc capacity and develops 485 kW of power at 8000 rpm and 683 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm – with 500 Nm available from 1000rpm.

The performance figures are zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds on the way to a 335 km/h top speed.  Fuel consumption is given as 15.4 liters per 100 kilometers helped by the introduction of idle-stop and energy-saving intelligent controls for the fan, fuel pump and air-conditioning compressor.  However, if you can afford the millions this car will cost in this country, does the owner really care?  I doubt it.

With the supercar niche market fairly full these days, and competitive, the Ferrari FF buyer in Australia gets an inclusive seven years of free scheduled servicing program, meaning the first FF customers will not have to pay for a service until 2019.