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.
If this is true, then we expect the SP FFX to be a one-off model that features a V-12 engine with more than 650 horsepower and a top speed of 200 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari FF.
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
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.
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.
Soon, apparently, has arrived after the German tuner also unveiled a new program for the Ferrari FF . As is always the case with Wheelsandmore, the list of modifications included in their project mainly caters to engine modifications, a set of new wheels, and if it calls for it, a series of suspension tweaks.
In this case, the power upgrade on the FF comes in two stages. Stage One comes with an ECU upgrade with matching chip tuning, boosting the output up to 684 horsepower and 520 pounds-feet of torque from 660 horsepower and 504 pounds-feet of torque. Stage One will run you €3,782 (about $5,122 at the current exchange rates).
If that isn’t enough for you, you can opt for the Stage Two upgrade, which consists of enhanced ECU and chip tuning upgrades, and a stainless-steel exhaust system, netting an output of 700 horsepower and 527 pounds-feet of torque. This stage will drain your bank account of €9,244 ($12,521).
A new set of 21-inch 6 Sporz² ultra-light forged wheels were also fitted into the FF, all four of which have been wrapped with 255/30R21 Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. The wheels, in particular, can be upgraded to include a carbon-look center, white outside rim and white colored inlays. The rims and tires will run you a cool €13,361 ($18,097)
As for the stock exhaust system, that can be taken out in favor of a completely new stainless-steel, handcrafted exhaust system with remote operable valve flaps. This exhaust will set you back €5,042 ($6,829). With the new exhaust in place, Wheelsandmore was able to cut the overall weight of the FF and add an extra 20 horsepower. This stainless-steel exhaust system is already included in the price and horsepower output of the Stage Two package.
Lastly, Wheelsandmore is developing a suspension kit that is not quite ready. We’ll let you know once that hits the market.
All told, the program is right on up with what we’ve come to expect from Wheelsandmore. Impressive power upgrades, fancy new wheels, and a look that’s distinctly their own.
The latest model was actually built for Czech dealership SF Motors and has been appropriately called the "Czech Edition". There are no performance modifications on this one, but what it does carry is a host of aesthetic upgrades that definitely differentiates itself from the rest of the FFs roaming around the world these days.
The FF Czech Edition comes with a matte-orange finish that Ferrari Tailor Made Personalization Program calls "Rosso Dino.” Whatever name it came up with for this, it looks absolutely sick. On top of the matte orange finish is a matte black roof, a carbon packet, Daytona seats for the interior, a high-tech JBL sound system with a pair of Ferrari-branded headphones, a passenger display, and a "Specially made for Czech" plaque complete with the Prancing Horse logo on one end and the Czech flag on the other.
If you really think about it, there are not a whole lot of upgrades on this one, not even something that packages itself as a "Czech Edition" like a flag badge or something. But either way, this one-off FF looks pretty sweet.
At a whopping 7,390,000 CZK (€295,000/$385,700) price tag, it had better be “sweet.”
Big thanks to Ondřej Vávra and Aleš Chytráček of CzechFerrari.Cz for the photos!
Recently, Black and White Car Rental Beverly Hills took another FF and gave it a nice freshening up for a special occasion: the Beverly Hills Police Officers Association Ball.
Apparently, it’s not enough that Black and White is the first company to offer the FF as a rental vehicle, but it also went out of its way to give the FF a unique look for the aforementioned occasion. The car was repainted in a black and white paint finish — coincidentally the same two-tone colors of law enforcement agency — with the car doors and roof painted white while the rest, including the trunk, hood, front fenders and rear quarter panels, were painted black.
Just to remind everyone of what the car is trying to honor, the Beverly Hills Police logo was emblazoned on the doors.
There doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications tacked into this special edition FF, but that’s not a big deal, as the FF comes with a 6.3-liter V-12 engine that produces 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty of muscle.
One of the most important Ferrari debuts at the 2012 Paris Auto Show was the chassis for the upcoming F70 supercar , but while it undoubtedly caught all of the attention in Paris, Ferrari ’s stand included a few other very cool vehicles. Visitors have seen cars ranging from the new F12berlinetta to a very special FF that certainly has a feature worth mentioning.
This particular FF was equipped with a new full-length panoramic roof that allows for more light to enter the car. According to Ferrari, this new roof features "a special reflective glass (LowE) that gives occupants a genuine open-air driving feeling, while providing thermal and acoustic insulation."
No other details on this new glass roof were provided, leaving us to wonder if this will be a new feature for the sports car or just an attention grabber in Paris. Production for this feature would be a little controversial considering the added weight a panoramic glass roof would add to the FF, and the effect that weight would have on the performance numbers of the vehicle. The design for the FF is already questionable in many people’s minds; why add another negative by messing with the performance the customer can get from the 660 HP V12 engine?
An heir to the Red Bull fortune, left behind when its co-creator died in march, was arrested on charges stemming from a hit-and-run death of a police officer in Bangkok. According to the reports, Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the grandson of Red Bull’s co-creator, was arrested for striking a police officer on a motorcycle, while driving his Ferrari FF . He dragged the officer for several meters, before fleeing the scene.
The officer died from his injuries and, initially, a fake suspect was arrested in an attempt by other officers to cover up the crime. After an investigation by higher-ranking officials and a trail of oil leading straight to Yoovidhya’s home and his wrecked Ferrari, the 27-year-old heir was arrested.
He was later released on $15,000 bail and is now roaming the streets again. Yoovidhya claims innocence and that the officer pulled in front of him, causing the accident, but he still faces up to 10 years in prison for “causing a death by driving” and leaving the scene of a crime. Yes, in some Asian countries, causing a death while driving is a crime, regardless of fault, unless there is undeniable evidence of innocence.
An interesting note is that the same family is the sole importer of Ferrari cars in Thailand, so there is no wonder he was whipping a $295,000 Ferrari FF, which likely costs much more in Thailand.
Technically, there’s really no Ferrari FF "Ian Poulter" Edition, but seeing as this unique FF is a ’one-off’ that was delivered to British golfer Ian Poulter, then you can understand why this car holds special regard in our eyes.
Presented at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this particular FF also holds distinction as the first Tailor Made car in the US with an interior design that fits right up Poulter’s tee. No golf pun intended.
For his custom-spec’d model, Poulter opted to deck the interior of his pristine white Ferrari FF with a "Sabbia" triple-layer livery that’s finely complemented by black Poltrona Frau leather and tartan. Matching the peculiar chose of trim is the prevalent use of carbon fiber and high-tech fabric sports elements, which also comes as a first for Ferrari .
Despite earning fame as a professional golfer, Poulter is also a known car enthusiast with a garage that includes a Ford GT , a Bentley Continental GT , and a Ferrari California . With all due respect to those cars - and they’re fine machines by any stretch of the imagination - Poulter’s new, one-off Ferrari FF should definitely have a garage of its own.