Archive for January 25, 2011

The New Ferrari FF

Posted: January 25, 2011 in Ferrari
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This is the first official picture of the new Ferrari FF (Ferrari Four -as in four seats and four-wheel drive) — the replacement for the 612 Scaglietti. Check out the extremely long doors to assist with rear passengers, although I can’t imagine it’s a comfortable space unless you’re a child or an small anorexic adult.  I assume the doors will be fabricated using a light alloy or composite material with some heavy-duty hinges or gas shocks.

The “shooting brake” style is not only sharp, but it will have the most cargo capacity of any recent Ferrari with a rear hatch and fold-down rear seats.  [Yeah, yeah, I get it, if you own a Ferrari, you don’t give a rat’s ass about cargo capacity or rear passengers. And you’ve got a garage full of other more plebian vehicles for routine driving needs and you probably have servants to go grocery shopping for you.]

The FF gets a 651 hp V12 engine and Ferrari’s F-1-style auto-manual transmission.  It will hit 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of a leisurely 208 mph. Don’t expect great fuel economy either, but it will have lower CO2 emissions.  No price has been announced; however if you have to ask, the outgoing Scaglietti starts around $313,000.

No word yet on the number of cows sacrificed for the interior.

The Ferrari FF - Ferrari Four

Why Ferrari even bothered to make a marketing video is beyond me, because almost every Ferrari that comes to our shores is pre-sold or flies off the showroom floor (at a hefty premium) to someone who just got a record contract, or was overpaid for producing a flop or “earned” a bonus at Goldman Sachs.  They probably just do it to get car geeks like me to drool over something we can’t afford.

Most Ferraris are pre-sold to collectors and aficionados (Jay Leno again?), which is a good thing as these rare sports cars (endangered species these days) are really works of art that need to be pampered, spoiled and curated, with occasional full-throttle laps on a track or on a deserted road (note: that doesn’t mean Sunset Blvd).  I’ve always liked “sports wagons,” so sign me up for this one, please.