Sometimes revolutions are peaceful, but others only need two letters: FF. The FF: the Ferrari Four. Four as in the four-wheel drive that powers it. Four as in the four comfortable seats that enveloped driver and passengers. A four-seater that completely changed the whole Grand Tourer sports car concept. A “revolution” in the GT world.
Never had a Ferrari dared so much. Embodying elegance, beauty and art, the FF did not just offer charm. It was, in fact, designed specifically to tackle the toughest, most complex and ambitious of driving challenges. The kind of challenges that the most uncompromising and discerning drivers could set it, drivers who demand their cars give their all. That is why it didn’t pass unnoticed, and was talked about even before its presentation at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. But anyone who, at least initially, looked at this new model with distrust bordering on incredulity, was soon compelled to change their mind. To anyone who argued that Enzo Ferrari would not have approved of the FF, his son, Piero Ferrari, left no room for doubt: “My father would have adored this car, because it is innovative, revolutionary and is a true four-seater, like the Ferraris he used on a daily basis.” This clear opinion, with no room for doubt, best describes the first four-wheel drive Ferrari that combined extreme performance with the usability of a genuine GT with a highly innovative design. Innovation was clear in every aspect of the car, beginning with the engine, the first direct-injection V12 coupled with an F1 dual-clutch gearbox with seven gears. It has an output of 660 hp, with an extreme sports performance, evident by the top speed of 335 km/h. It was the most exclusive GT on the market, the ultimate expression of the “extreme grand tourer”, the most powerful 4-seater in the world. Its exceptional top of the range performance brought out the sporty DNA and driving pleasure typical of Ferrari, in any environment. That performance was maintained on snow, ice, and off-road thanks to the Ferrari-patented 4WD system.
Torque was always supplied to the rear wheels and, thanks to the Power Transfer Unit, part of it was transferred to the front axle in the quantity and time necessary to cope with low-grip surfaces. The FF successfully managed torque moment by moment – and in a variable percentage on each wheel – thanks to the integration of all on-board dynamic vehicle controls through a single control unit. Designed by Pininfarina, the lines of the FF demonstrated the car’s uncompromising balance of sportiness and usability. Its style respected tradition yet pushed innovation to the point of breaking with the past. Style-wise, the FF was sculptural yet streamlined, not exaggerated in terms of shapes and volumes: compact, with subtle overhangs, soft rounded forms, and an imposing muscularity.
The interior of the FF radiated charm: extremely accommodating, its details and finishes expressive of a sophisticated elegance, precious but always discreet. It offered the most space in its segment, with four comfortable seats offering all four travellers equal enjoyment of the journey and use of on board accessories.