Ferrari FF

Ferrari FF

Chris Harris spends time in some pretty flashy cars in the name of his profession, yet he still finds time to take his own cars out for a drive. The difference between normal journalists’ rides and Harris’ is that he actually owns a flashy car. His pick is the beautiful Ferrari FF .

The FF is powered by a 6.2-liter, direct-injected V-12 making a massive 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque that’s mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and delivers power to all four wheels. The combination of power, quick shifting, and all-wheel drive means the FF hits 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

While those stats are impressive, none of that seems to matter to Harris as he’s blasting down winding European roads. For him, it’s all about the culmination of all the FF’s parts; the feel, the sound, and the experience. The FF turns what would normally be a boring drive home into an event. “Everything about it makes you feel special,” he says. “It makes you feel not just one cut above the AMGs and the Ms, but three cuts above. And I love that.”

As the passing countryside melts behind the FF, Harris continues by saying, “The FF really makes the driver feel special at all speeds — and that’s the thing that’s surprised me in my five months and six thousand miles so far in this car."

After ending his rave of the FF’s interior accoutrements, he finishes by saying, “It just brightens my day. And what price do you put on that? … about $2400* a month, actually.”

We find his humor rather entertaining.

*Harris actually quotes 1500 pounds a month.

The Ferrari FF grand tourer was presented in 2011 and launched for the 2012 model year. The FF name stands for "Ferrari Four," which hints at the vehicle’s four-seat interior and its four-wheel-drive configuration. Often described as a three-door shooting brake, the FF is Ferrari ’s first production all-wheel-drive model.

The four-wheel-drive system is an innovative unit engineered and patented by Ferrari. Dubbed 4RM, it is around 50 percent lighter than a conventional system. It splits the power between the four wheels as needed and it’s activated when the FF is driven in the "Comfort" or "Snow" modes. Otherwise, the FF functions as a rear-wheel-drive sports car .

Although it’s remained unchanged since its introduction, the FF can be customized via numerous personalization programs or Ferrari’s Special Projects division. Coming into 2015, the FF gains a special-edition model via Ferrari’s first Tailor-Made Center in Asia Pacific. Recently opened in Shanghai, China, the brand-new center showcased its potential with a couple of bespoke Ferraris, one of them being the FF Dressage Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition.

Dubai is a rich country where the word "excess" is thrown completely out of the local vernacular. It’s hard to imagine that as late as three decades ago, Dubai was a barren town with little to nothing to show for it. But today, it’s become a high-class metropolis that has no shortage of wealth and extravagance. And from what we’ve seen in past months, the Dubai Police Force can attest to that, thanks to its lineup of supercars that have been converted into police cruisers.

We saw a lot of them earlier this year when it seemed that there was a new supercar-turned-police-car every week. But it’s only now that we get to see them all together all while talking to the police officers who carry the privilege of driving these exotics on a daily basis.

Department of Transport and Rescue acting director Anas Al Matrooshi gave Vocativ a comprehensive tour of Dubai’s finest police cruisers. If you haven’t seen them before, you need to check them out now.

There’s a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, a Ferrari FF , a McLaren 12C , a Lamborghini Aventador , and one of only seven Aston Martin One-77 models in the world.

In other locations on the planet, that’s a garage for the ultra rich and famous. But in Dubai, those are just police cars.

That’s just how they roll over there.

Source: Vocativ

It hasn’t been long since we’ve shown you footage of a Nissan GT-R Spec-V burning on the Nurburgring track and, unfortunately, we have to get back on the "sports cars on fire" topic with a Ferrari FF as the main character.

It’s widely known that Ferraris are likely to go up in flames if handled inappropriately, but the FF shooting brake wasn’t one of them. At least not to the same extent as the 458 Italia , which had to be recalled after several models burned to a crisp.

Ferrari FF fires have been isolated for now, with the previous incident having occurred in Poland a couple of years ago, but, as of today, the number of FFs totaled by flames increased by one. It all happened in Hong Kong, where an owner lost its beloved vehicle shortly after exiting a tunnel.

According to local reports, the fire started from the FF’s engine compartment, with smoke quickly turning into a fire that spread rapidly by swallowing both the nose of the car and the interior. There’s no official word as to what may have caused the fire, but it’s believed it may have something to do with an electrical short.

Interestingly enough, the FF in question was being delivered to its owner after being inspected at the local Ferrari service center the day before.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari FF.

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Earlier this month, Ferrari filled some patent drawings revealing a new model that many people believed was the new Ferrari California . On the same day, Ferrari also filed a patent for the new "SP FFX" name and an accompanying logo. These two occurrences on the same day lead us to believe that those patent drawings were, in fact, of the SP FFX.

First things first; why is it unlikely that these drawings are of the new California? Mainly because the car showed in the images featured Ferrari FF door mirrors, headlights, taillights and general proportions. These make us believe that we were actually looking at a special FF Coupe.

The SP FFX name is a little unclear, but we do know that SP stands for Special Projects. As for the "FFX;" that part makes it pretty clear that a special edition FF is on its way.

Updated 04/28/2014: More images of the upcoming SP FXX surfaced online today, revealing just how cool Ferrari’s latest special project will look. We also got a few new details on the engine. (Carscoops)

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari SP FXX.

Source: Jalopnik

While we can’t argue its performance numbers, the Ferrari FF isn’t your regular Ferrari, thanks to its grand tourer setup with a shooting brake-like body and seating for four. And by "seating for four," we mean seating for four adults; not just an extra pair of cramped and nearly useless seats that force you to tuck your knees under your chin.

Somewhat criticized for its looks, the FF is about to lose its rear seats and hatch, and spawn a coupe version with a more conventional design. At least that’s what Car and Driver claims in a recent report, adding that the restyled FF could be arriving for the 2016 model year.

The coupe version will share everything with the already familiar FF, including its all-wheel-drive system and naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter, V-12 engine. The latter packs 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque and would probably push it from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed set beyond the 208-mph mark.

The possibility of having one more Ferrari on the way is great news, but there’s one thing puzzling me. An FF-based coupe will likely resemble the F12berlinetta . The only two differences in sight would be the F12berlinetta’s more powerful engine and lack of all-wheel drive, so it remains to be seen how Ferrari will market these cars.

Note: Current Ferrari FF pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Ferrari FF Coupe.

Source: CarAndDriver

Patent drawings revealed late last year got the web buzzing about a new one-off Ferrari called the SP FFX .

As it turns out, a forum member from Ferrari Chat disclosed that this car is, in fact, the one-off SP FFX that was built by Ferrari’s own customization program, which was created specifically to let people with pockets deeper than the Marianas Trench pay exorbitant sums for a Ferrari that they can call uniquely "their own."

The general proportions of the Ferrari FF are pretty clear on this one, particularly the headlights and the side-view mirrors. The special grille doesn’t do much to excite us, but we do like how the splashes of white — particularly on the wheels — add a nice balance to the unmistakable Rosso Red body.

Performance numbers are still a relative mystery, but we think it’s going to retain the standard 6.3-liter, V-12 engine with 651 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque on tap. We expect the supercar to hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and head up to a top speed of 208 mph.

According to "getnoir" — the aforementioned forum member of Ferrari Chat who showed the photo — the SP FFX was designed and built specifically for a Japanese customer. Something tells us that he’s going to love what Ferrari has built for him.

If anything, the SP FFX has one-off written all over it.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari FF

Source: Ferrari Chat

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you might have missed out on the Dubai Police’s lineup of new cars. And if you didn’t know any better, you might have guessed that this was some kind of ostentatious joke by the Middle Eastern country.

But the latest video seems to suggest otherwise, as three of the cars dressed up in the PD’s now famous white and green livery were filmed patrolling the highways of Dubai. That, or the police just wanted to show motorists - that includes you, Justin Bieber - the kind of cars that will be hunting them down should they decide to break some traffic laws.

These cars aren’t Ford Crown Victorias, fellas. These are some of the fastest and most powerful cars on the planet and if you think that you can provoke them to a car chase and get away with it, well, we don’t like your chances one bit.

Click past the jump to see more of the Dubai Police’s cop cars

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A few days ago, the Dubai Police took delivery of a patrol car unlike any other: a Lamborghini Aventador. Today it’s time for another supercar to join its fleet: a Ferrari FF . This special FF costs around 2 million Emirati Dirham (about $544,000 at the current exchange rates).

The two models have been added to the police fleet in an attempt to "enhance security on the roads in accordance with highest international standards and technical developments," according to an official statement coming from Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief. Both supercars will be used to provide best road security in different areas of Dubai.

Just like with the Aventador, the new FF Police Car is painted in a cool white paint with green stripes - official colors in the Emirates. It also features lots of sirens and for the interior it will most likely be offered with all the gadgets required by a police vehicle.

Hit the jump to read more about the Ferrari FF.

It’s time to take a break from all the LaFerrari and F12berlinetta news and turn our attention to an "older" Ferrari model: the FF . The car was reviewed by the guys over Motor Trend in the latest episode of Ignition.

The review was made by Carlos Lago who tested the FF at the Ferrari winter driving school in Colorado. Apparently the Ferrari’s 651-horsepower, all-wheel drive production car does a pretty good job on the snow as he seemed to have lots of fun. Once he was done playing in winter conditions, the team hits the road to examine the finer points of the car’s unique personality.

As a reminder, the FF is powered by a V-12 engine that delivers a total of 651 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 208 mph.


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