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.
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Ferrari FF Dressage Edition in detail
As its name suggests, the FF Dressage is inspired by horse racing and the grace that comes with the historical equestrian sport. The sports car also celebrates the Chinese Year of the Horse, which pretty much explains the logos mounted on the steering wheel and the center console.
You’ll notice that the FF Dressage Edition is no regular Ferrari FF as soon as you lay eyes on its body. That’s because the shooting brake-like fuselage is finished in an elegant shade of black that goes by the name of Piano Nero. The color is not available on the regular FF, which can only be ordered in a glossy Nero Pastello.
Inside, Ferrari has taken the FF’s already-luxurious cabin to a whole new level by trimming it in Saddle Brown leather. The reddish hide covers everything from the seats and the door panels to the lower dashboard and the inner roof. Adding more uniqueness to the interior is the grid-pattern sewing adorning the front seats and the white stitching.
The 6.3-liter, V-12 engine residing under the long hood remains unaltered, which means the FF benefits from the same 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque. The output is enough to propel the shooting brake from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 208 mph.
Ferrari’s first Tailor-Made Centre in Asia Pacific opens in Shanghai, China, to provide exclusive tailor-made service to Ferrari owners. The brand-new centre is located on West Beijing Road, one of the most prosperous areas in Shanghai, with world-class facilities and provide the best services to create bespoke Ferraris through unique combinations of the many options available. Mr. Edwin Fenech, President and CEO of Ferrari Greater China unveiled the Tailor-Made Centre which marked another new milestone for Ferrari in the Asia Pacific.
To celebrate the opening of this new centre, Ferrari designed two special Tailor-Made V12 flagship models to share the legendary brand spirit in Chinese cultural way – F12berlinetta Polo Edition and FF Dressage Edition, with the Year of the Horse logo on the steering wheel and centre console. These two tailor-made models are inspired by horse racing, which was originated from the historical noble sports in Europe, perfectly integrating with the art of Ferrari Tailor-Made service, representing the unique and renowned heritage of the prancing horse in terms of elegance and passion in speed.
The F12berlinetta Polo Edition in the newly decorated Tailor-Made Centre is under spotlight during the opening ceremony. Inspired by the polo, this V12 sports model is customized to showcase the power and speed. The body is painted in the colour of Bianco Italia Opaco with special design of navy blue racing stripes on the bonnet, demonstrating the authentic Ferrari’s racing DNA in typical Italian style. The interior is particularly consistent to the exterior theme with paralleled racing lines on the high-quality leather upholstery. Carbon-fibre elements are well interpreted for the sports sense of this F12berlinetta.
FF Dressage Edition is inspired by the elegant equestrian sport. It is painted in Black Piano Nero while the cabin is trimmed with reddish saddle brown leather. The grid-pattern sewing style in the front seats makes it more comfortable and composing during the ride, which is essential for a versatile 4RM GT car.
“Each Ferrari is unique. Ferrari’s customization tradition began in 1950’s when the brand just started.” said Mr. Edwin Fenech, “the Greater China is the second largest market for Ferrari, the Tailor-Made service will provide top-class services to our exclusive customers with unique luxurious experiences, perfectly meet the growing demands of more creative personalization among Chinese customers.”