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2012 Ferrari FF - First Drive Review

Ferrari builds a four-wheel-drive wagon—and it’s just as thrilling as anything else prancing out of Maranello.

BY MICHAEL AUSTIN


Running through hairpin corners in the Dolomite Mountains of the South Tyrol region of Italy, the Ferrari FF’s two-door wagon body style is the last thing on my mind, which is interesting because it’s probably the first thing anyone else would notice about the latest four-seater from Maranello. Instead, my most pressing thought, besides not dropping a $300,000 GT car off a cliff, is the FF’s four-wheel-drive system, which has so tamed the 651-hp V-12 engine that a tail-out hero photo of a drifting FF requires serious commitment with the stability control fully switched off. When the back end finally does come around, though, it does so in a predictable, gentle manner. In Sport mode, the sportiest of the five chassis settings accessible via the steering-wheel-mounted manettino knob, the back of the car hardly wiggles on dry pavement.

But the first roadgoing Ferrari to put power to all four wheels doesn’t understeer like so many other four-wheel-drive sports cars—it’s actually mostly neutral through corners. Ferrari engineers repeatedly explained to us that the front wheels are used mostly for traction in bad weather and that power is otherwise shunted to the rear wheels as much as possible. Based on a cockpit display of power to the front wheels (which we were told won’t be on customer cars), however, that’s not entirely true, as the system activates on almost every uphill corner if you request full power. Without the display, the only clue that the FF isn’t rear-wheel-drive is the aforementioned lack of oversteer. There’s no torque steer, no power-on push. And so it seems that the biggest compliment that we can pay to the FF’s groundbreaking four-wheel-drive is, paradoxically, that it’s not really a big deal.

Full review: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/11q1/2012_ferrari_ff-first_drive_review



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That is SO ugly.

People will come to love it, someone on here just wrote that the Nissan GTR is a great looking car.
No one older than 15 said that when they came out either.


It does look so wrong tho.  :rolleyes:



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People will come to love it, someone on here just wrote that the Nissan GTR is a great looking car.
No one older than 15 said that when they came out either.

It does look so wrong tho.  :rolleyes:

Maybe in the flesh ?



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oh my god.... it's not elegant, it's not stylish, it's not aggressive looking, it's not revolutionary, it's..... I dunno what it is... my first reaction was to cringe followed by a frown. Maybe people will grow not to find it awful, but I'm gonna be shocked if people will love it..



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They look ok in red from a couple of angles in this thread but the full side shot doesnt looks so good.
http://www.automotorblog.com/ferrari-received-unexpected-feedback-for-the-latest-ff-model/



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Can you imagine the arguments at the factory when this was designed. The money men were saying it has to have a V12. The engineers were saying no problem we can fit it in. The designers designed this great looking hatchback and then the engineers told them there was no way to fit the engine in to that body........ so the design team had to add 35 cms behind the front wheels to the door to fit the engine. The designers then all sat in the toilet crying over what the engineers had made their beautiful design look like.



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Can you imagine the arguments at the factory when this was designed. The money men were saying it has to have a V12. The engineers were saying no problem we can fit it in. The designers designed this great looking hatchback and then they engineers told them there was no way to fit the engine in to that body........ so the design team had to add 35 cms behind the front wheels to the door to fit the engine. The designers then all sat in the toilet crying over what the engineers had made their beautiful design look like.

During all of this, someone probably forgot to check with potential customers if this is what they'd want....

yeap.. sounds a bit like some of the horror product development stories in my company :(



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His opening statement kind of describes it all. "Automotive shock of 2011"

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