Ferrari FF to appear soon
23rd January, 2011
Powerful, fast, exclusive, four-wheel drive, four-seater,
expensive and an Italian designed body are suitable expressions to describe the Jensen FF which first
appeared in 1966. The same terms are also suitable for the upcoming Ferrari FF, which unwittingly revives
a famous old British nameplate.
The new Ferrari FF is the company’s most powerful, versatile four-seater ever, as well as its first
ever four-wheel drive car.
It will debut very soon and an Australian arrival is anticipated in early 2012.
The FF - originally an acronym for "Ferguson Formula" in the old days, but now updated to mean
"Ferrari Four" (four seats and four-wheel drive) - ushers in an entirely new GT sports car concept for
Ferrari. A decisive break with the past, the new car represents not so much an evolution as a revolution.
This new V12 melds to an unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance 'character' with
versatility, comfort and a degree of elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers a unique driving
Designed by Pininfarina, the shape and proportions interpret the FF’s blend of sporting 'DNA' and
The Ferrari FF features the company’s first ever four-wheel drive system. Ferrari’s patented 4RM
(four-wheel drive) weighs 50 per cent less than a conventional four-wheel drive system. Integrated with
the car’s electronic dynamic control systems, the four-wheel drive technology delivers record levels of
performance on various terrains and in all conditions via continuous and predictive torque distribution to
all four wheels. The FF is also equipped with the latest magnetorheological damping system (SCM3), as well
as the most recent development in carbon-ceramic brakes from Brembo.
Exceptional performance levels come courtesy of the new 6,262 cc direct injection engine which develops
660 CV at 8,000 rpm. In tandem with its transaxle dual-clutch F1 gearbox, prompt acceleration performance
(0-100 km/h in 3.7 sec.) are guaranteed. The new model’s class-leading weight-to-power ratio of 2.7 kg/CV,
along with its ideal weight distribution, ensures exceptionally responsive handling. The result is that
owners will be able to enjoy the FF’s prowess over a wide range of uses: city driving, on low grip or
snow-covered surfaces and on the track.
Performance aside, Maranello’s latest model also offers standards of passenger space, comfort, in-car
spec and equipment previously unheard of in a Ferrari. It can comfortably accommodate four people and
their luggage, thanks to the best cabin space and boot capacity (450 litres extendable to 800) figures in
its category, including four-door cars.
A vast array of personalisation options and accessories has been developed for the FF. These include
six model-specific exterior colours and sumptuous interior trim incorporating specially selected and
treated aniline leather.
The FF, which is likely to debut at an exclusive function as per recent Ferrari practice, will go
on to appear at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.
The very stylish British-built Jensen FF (above) debuted
in England in 1966, just a year after the Jensen CV8 FF debuted. The new FF shared its body with the
more popular rear-wheel drive "Interceptor". Identification of the two models was easily distinguished
by a single column of slats on the front mudguards of the Interceptor, whereas the FF had two columns
of slats. The body was designed by the Italian Coachbuilders "Touring Superleggera". The bodies for the
first 60-70 units were built in Italy by "Vignale" before shipment to England for completion of the
vehicle's manufacture. Thereafter the bodies were manufactured in West Bromwich, England. Power for the
FF was supplied by a Chrysler V8 engine, with all-wheel drive being the major technical feature. The
four-wheel drive system was known as "Ferguson Formula", hence the model was named "FF".
FERRARI FF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
||65 degree V12|
||660 CV @ 8,000 rpm|
||683 Nm @ 6,000 rpm|
|Dimensions and weight
||47% front, 53% rear|
|Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE+EUDC)|
||15.4 l/100 km|
* European market version
** With HELE system