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The new Ferrari FF

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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 experience.

Designed by Pininfarina, the shape and proportions interpret the FF’s blend of sporting 'DNA' and usability.

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.

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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.

JENSEN FF (copyright image)

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".


Type                 65 degree V12
Overall displacement      6,262 cc
Maximum power        660 CV @ 8,000 rpm
Maximum torque       683 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
Dimensions and weight  
Length                     4,907 mm
Width                1,953 mm
Height                     1,379 mm
Dry weight*                1,790 kg
Weight distribution        47% front, 53% rear
Weight/power ratio         2.7 kg/CV
Maximum speed        335 km/h
0-100 km/h                 3.7 sec
Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE+EUDC)
Fuel consumption**         15.4 l/100 km
Emissions**                360 g/km

* European market version
** With HELE system


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