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Offline Ferrari Fissatore

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Ferrari has unveiled its first-ever production four-wheel-drive model, a front-engined V12 four-seater GT that not only replaces the 612 two-plus-two coupe but also aims to attract a new kind of “all-roads, all-weathers” Ferrari customer.

The new car, dubbed FF for its four seats and four-wheel-drive, is designed by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari’s own chief designer, Flavio Manzoni.

The first Ferrari of modern times to accommodate four full-sized adults and their luggage, it will be unveiled at next month’s Geneva show, and go on sale soon afterwards.

See official pics of the Ferrari FF

Ferrari hopes it will appeal in particular to buyers who usually use all-wheel-drive saloons or SUVs for winter driving and especially ski trips at this time of the year.

The revolutionary Ferrari has an all-new, longer wheelbase chassis with a new-design, all-independent suspension that incorporates the latest-generation magnetically adjustable dampers and standard Brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes.

The four-wheel-drive system, claimed to be around 50 per cent lighter than comparable applications, preserves the desirable rear weight bias of recent V12 Ferraris. Called 4RM (for ‘Ruote Motrici’) the system is unique to Ferrari, using the car’s electronic systems seamlessly to direct torque to the front wheels when slippery conditions demand it, but mostly leaving the car in its desirable (and understeer-free) rear-wheel-drive state.

Though the FF is more versatile than traditional Ferraris, Maranello counters any suggestions that it is “soft” by giving it a newly developed 6.25-litre V12 with just under 10 per cent more swept volume and 22 per cent more power than the 612, and a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox to replace the previous six-speed manual.

The FF also gets the package of efficiency-building measures introduced in the California, including stop-start and smart charging to improve economy by about 10 per cent. The FF engine produces 650bhp at 8000rpm and 504lb ft of torque (up 16 per cent) at 5000rpm. Despite these higher outputs, CO2 output is dramatically slashed from 470 to 360g/km (23 per cent) while combined fuel consumption improves from a distinctly average 13.8mpg to 18.3mpg. The FF’s 0-62mph acceleration time of 3.7sec also undercuts the 612’s by 0.4 sec, while its 208mph top speed beats the 612 by about 10mph.

Ferrari claims an impressive kerb weight of 1795kg for the FF, undercutting the 612 by 50kg despite the presence of the new on-demand 4x4 system.

This and the fact that the FF is almost identical in length and width to the outgoing 612, (and only 30mm taller) suggests Ferrari has scored a considerable packaging coup, since the graceful lines allow full adult headroom in the rear, and the boot provides 450 litres of space with all passengers aboard, or 800 litres with the rear seats folded, figures which match many four-door models.


Steve Cropley



Offline dodger

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yeah yeah yeah...
but what about the name  :tilt:

In the interests of future grovelling by me if I ever buy another Italian and need you to fix the freeking thing, yes I LOVE the name :D



Offline Ferrari Fissatore

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650 BHP @ 8000 rpm is a screamer..

0-100 in 3.7.... this is one fast jigger....

it'll sell out





























and depreciate like the biggest loser lemings hanggliding convention



Offline Ferrari Fissatore

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In the interests of future grovelling by me if I ever buy another Italian and need you to fix the freeking thing, yes I LOVE the name :D

when man.... it's WHEN you buy another italian



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Steve Cropley is one of the best automotive journalists ever.

So....sad to say it might be true.

He wrote almost my favorite automotive article ever in the esteemed and lamented "Supercar Classics" magazine in the 80/90's about his ownership of a glass 308GTB entitled :

" How it went and why it had to go "



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Offline dodger

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when man.... it's WHEN you buy another italian

After driving the R8 it's become even more apparent that the Italians have got it sown up, the noise the sound no one can get close, even Porsche are really just sports cars by comparison, BUT you have to be prepared to handle unreliabilty and high running costs but if you're married you're already used to that  :D



Offline cel

First impression is not too good, but it might not be too bad. When you get a few glimpses of it driving at the end of the video on the ferrari website it looks ok



Offline dkabab

for what it is... pretty cool, as a ferrari, no good.

looks to be the replacement of the 612 id assume. cant see the need for it otherwise.



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