After the 458 Italia’s official debut, Ferrari had many issues with units of the model catching fire all over the world. So much so, that they had to launch an investigation to find the source of the problem. It ended up being the adhesive used in the wheel-arch assemblies which, in certain circumstances, began to overheat, smoke, and even catch fire.
Of course, just as one problem is resolved, another arises. With the launch of every new car, new problems arrive and, sometimes, even old problems resurface. During a recent test drive, a Ferrari FF caught fire and was entirely destroyed by the flames. According to the 44 year-old customer test driving the vehicle, a loud bang was heard at the rear at the car right before the car burst into flames. Thankfully, the man walked away unharmed, but the same cannot be said of the FF.
Let’s just hope this is a fluke and that Ferrari learned their lesson with the 458 Italia and changed adhesives.
Yes, Neiman Marcus’ 2011 Christmas Book has finally been released, and lo and behold, a special edition Ferrari FF is the highlight of the book’s "Fantasy Gifts" section.
The retail company is no stranger to including desirable vehicles on their annual holiday book so it wasn’t all that surprising to find a special edition FF on the pages of the Christmas Book.
So what exactly makes this particular FF a special edition? Well, for one, it’s only limited to 10 models at a little under $400,000 a pop. Then there are the unique additions to the car, including a special Grigio Caldo paint finish, a special interior plaque highlighting its special edition designation, and then there’s a spot at the 2012 Ferrari Winter Driving Experience in Aspen, Colorado.
But the best benefit of the FF Neiman Marcus Edition is that you immediately cut the line of all the prospective owners of the newest Ferrari supercar. Whereas everybody else will have to wait a few years to get a hold of their machines, the 10 lucky buyers of the special edition FF will receive their vehicles in the spring of 2012.
So if you’re interested in the four-wheel drive Ferrari supercar, you best be beside your phones to place your order at 12pm ET on October 27. The number to dial is 800-558-0022. Oh, it certainly helps if you have $400,000 to spare from your bank accounts.
UPDATE 10/28/2011: If you were hoping to buy the new FF Neiman Marcus Edition and make it a Christmas gift, we have some very bad news for you: the car was put on sale today and all 10 units have been sold in only one hour. This news really shouldn’t be all that surprising considering a limited vehicle goes through the same frenzied "sold out" episode every year.
Answering the cries of many Top Gear fans not ready to part ways with beautiful, fast cars and the Brits that drive them, Jeremy Clarkson is releasing a DVD called "Powered Up." his DVD takes him to the South of France to the the high-tech testing ground for Formula One - Circuit Paul Ricard - on a mission to find Clarkson’s favorite car.
Italy’s Stelvio Pass is known as one of the most dangerous, as well as the most amazing roads in the world. So when Top Gear wanted to do some testing shots with a truly unprecedented selection of performance cars currently on the market, Stelvio Pass was an obvious choice for the location.
In their latest episode, Fifth Gear got the opportunity to drive the new Ferrari FF on the snowy mountains of the Plan De Corones in the Dolomites. Tiff Needell got behind the wheel after being airlifted up to 2,350 meters. Watch the video to see what he has to say about Ferrari’s new sports model.
The Ferrari FF is powered by a 6.3 liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 651 HP at 8,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 503 lbs-ft at 6,000 rpm. Out of torque available for the sports car, 367 lbs-ft can be accessed from just 1,000 rpm. Mated to Ferrari’s patented 4RM four-wheel-drive system and a 7-speed transaxle dual-clutch F1 gearbox, the Ferrari FF goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 207 mph.
See the look on that guy’s face? He should be ecstatic considering that he just became the very first owner of the Ferrari FF in Japan.
The event for the charity auction was set at the Italian embassy in Tokyo and was intended to raise money for Ishinomaki, a city that was completely devastated by the earthquake that rocked Japan earlier this year. Together with the charity auction, the event also celebrated Ferrari’s 35th anniversary in the Land of the Rising Sun with the prized catch being the very first Ferrari Four to be sold in the Japanese market.
After a feverish bidding session, the Ferrari supercar was won by Masaharu Seno, an architect from Tokyo who paid a little under half-a-million Euros for the chance to become the envy of just about every Japanese fan of the Italian automaker. The proceeds from the charity will be used by Ferrari to build a school in Ishinomaki for all the students affected by the devastating earthquake.
Just in case you’ve forgotten, the Ferrari FF is powered by a 6.3-liter direct-injection engine that produces 660 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 504 lb/ft of torque at 6,000 rpm with a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 208 mph. Now you know why Mr. Seno was all too excited to pose with Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo and his brand-new Ferrari FF supercar.
Generally speaking, Ferraris are some of the few models in the world that shouldn’t be touched by tuners. However, when it comes to the FF our opinion varies a bit due to the fact that it’s by far one of the most... hmm, let’s say "not well done" Ferraris ever. Basically, it’s just plain ugly so we were ecstatic to see that German tuner, DMC, had already started working on revising the model. There’s not much they could do for the overall look of the sports coupe, but the added power sure makes it a bit more enticing.
They say a good personality can override horrendous looks, and we agree, but a great personality helps that much more. Taking that into consideration, DMC added a new set of twin superchargers, a new exhaust system with 90 mm tailpipes, a new intake manifold, larger fuel-injectors, high-flow air filters and a large intercooler to achieve an extra 216 HP out of the ugly duckling. Now the 660 HP V12 engine found in the standard FF can deliver a mind-blowing 876 HP and 636 lb-ft of torque. The 0 to 60 mph sprint can now be made in 3.2 seconds, while top speed will go up to more than 211 mph.
Hit the jump for more details on the Ferrari FF by DMC.
Plans for a face-lifted version of the Ferrari 599 was supposed to take shape in the next 18 months, but Ferrari ’s latest model, the FF , has proven to be quite a hit. In fact, it’s such a hit that the Italian automaker has dropped plans of a face-lifted version of the 599 in favor of a replacement model.
The soon-to-be successor of the Ferrari 599 will be derived from the FF and will boast of unquestioned performance numbers. For starters, we’re talking a 700-horsepower, V12 engine plus top-level fuel efficiency. Other details surrounding the successor to the 599 include an aluminum frame that’s made up of around 20 different alloys to go with some composite panels. The supercar will also feature a multi-link rear axle with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle, a method that Ferrari has previously implemented on some of its past models, including the California , the 458 Italia , and the aforementioned FF.
In essence, the 599 successor is being prepared to be sportier, more powerful, and more track-oriented than the FF. Something tells us that this won’t be the last time we’re going to hear about the successor of the 599 before it makes its debut in the latter part of 2012.
British magazine, CAR, was recently invited to test drive the new Ferrari FF and whether fans of the strange Ferrari or not, the journalists were probably just thrilled with the opportunity. The only problem was that the journalist chosen to complete the test drive ran into a slight problem when unexpectedly greeted by the curb. Ouch! His reaction to the situation is actually pretty funny, but please excuse us for his language, although it is quite understandable given his situation.
Remember to give the guy a break, Ferrari ! After all, these things do happen.
As a reminder, the FF is powered by a 6,262 cc direct injection V12 engine that delivers an impressive 660 HP at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 503 lbs-ft 6,000 rpm. With this impressive power, the FF will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and will hit a top speed of 208 mph.
For as long as we can remember, Ferrari and Lamborghini have taken attempts on one-upping one another. Whether it’s through the release of a new car or a marketing and publicity effort, the two Italian brands take great pride in pulling the wool over each other’s eyes.
Apparently, their rivalry has even taken to the form of behind-the-scenes videos. A few days after such a video was shown of the new Lamborghini Aventador commercial, the Prancing Horse went out and released their own behind-the-scenes video of a commercial they’re preparing for the Ferrari FF .
Coincidence? Maybe. But anytime we can stoke the fires of this passionate Italian rivalry, that in itself is worth doing.
Unlike the Aventador commercial, which seems to have been shot on one location in the Californian dessert, the ad for the new Ferrari FF seems to have been shot in various parts of Europe. Now, we can’t be too sure as to the exact locations, but we do know that the Ferrari FF commercial wasn’t shot in one studio, let alone one location.
Either way, it’s always fun to see these two brands compete for the front pages. At the very least, they both make ours so you can pretty much call this one a wash.
Now let’s see which brand releases their commercial first.