2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso
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  • Ferrari GTC4Lusso
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V12
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed twin-clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    680 @ 8000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    514 @ 5750
  • Displacement:
    6.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    208 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    300000 (Est.)
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The Ferrari FF becomes the GTC4Lusso with beautiful updates inside and out

Ferrari’s first AWD model, the Ferrari FF, was launched back in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. It was essentially a successor to the 612 Scaglietti and, outside of being AWD, it also strayed away from Ferrari’s traditional coupe styling. With its shooting-brake-like design and foldable seats, the FF offered 28 cubic feet of cargo room, while still packing a V-12 engine with impressive performance numbers – something you just don’t see from exotics of this caliber.

Even with its unusual design, the FF turned out to be pretty successful, and was set for a facelift that would debut for the 2016 model year. Since the announcement of the FF’s upcoming facelift, we’ve seen the spy shots and heard all the rumors. Just a couple months ago, we even created a rendering depicting what the facelift might bring to the table. For what it’s worth, our rendering really wasn’t that far off, but Ferrari had a big surprise in store for us to go along with the long-awaited redesign.

Along with the release of official photos ahead of the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Ferrari also announced that the Ferrari FF is no more. Yes, you read that right, the redesign also comes with a new name. Say goodbye to the FF and say hello to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. There are some other sweet surprises to go with the name change as well, so join me as I take an in-depth look at the new GTC4Lusso on the inside and out.

Updated 03/02/2016: Ferrari unveiled the new GTC4Lusso at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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Watch Someone Offroad a 2016 Ferrari FF as it Screams for Mercy

Watch Someone Offroad a 2016 Ferrari FF as it Screams for Mercy

If you get squeamish with Ferraris getting run roughshod, this video isn’t for you

It’s been a minute since we a Ferrari FF made the news, and for fanboys of Scuderia’s recently discontinued grand tourer, this video of the FF getting the rough treatment isn’t something you’d want to see. The 30-second video shows a black FF getting wasted on a hilly patch of grass in what can only be described as wasted money. It’s unclear who the owner of this FF is, but based on how he seems to have little care for the supercar’s well-being, we’re guessing that he has no problems paying for whatever damages it may incur from his haphazard driving.

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2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

The Ferrari FF becomes the GTC4Lusso with beautiful updates inside and out

Ferrari’s first AWD model, the Ferrari FF, was launched back in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. It was essentially a successor to the 612 Scaglietti and, outside of being AWD, it also strayed away from Ferrari’s traditional coupe styling. With its shooting-brake-like design and foldable seats, the FF offered 28 cubic feet of cargo room, while still packing a V-12 engine with impressive performance numbers – something you just don’t see from exotics of this caliber.

Even with its unusual design, the FF turned out to be pretty successful, and was set for a facelift that would debut for the 2016 model year. Since the announcement of the FF’s upcoming facelift, we’ve seen the spy shots and heard all the rumors. Just a couple months ago, we even created a rendering depicting what the facelift might bring to the table. For what it’s worth, our rendering really wasn’t that far off, but Ferrari had a big surprise in store for us to go along with the long-awaited redesign.

Along with the release of official photos ahead of the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Ferrari also announced that the Ferrari FF is no more. Yes, you read that right, the redesign also comes with a new name. Say goodbye to the FF and say hello to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. There are some other sweet surprises to go with the name change as well, so join me as I take an in-depth look at the new GTC4Lusso on the inside and out.

Updated 03/02/2016: Ferrari unveiled the new GTC4Lusso at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari GTC4Lusso.

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Video: 2016 Ferrari FF Testing at Fiorano

Video: 2016 Ferrari FF Testing at Fiorano

With the mid-engined 458 expected to receive an update in 2016, the FF — Ferrari’s only all-wheel-drive model — will soon be the oldest model in the company’s lineup. With that in mind, it’s safe to assume the four-seat model is the next in line for a refresh, and a brand-new video coming from supercar spotter Marchettino suggest Maranello is already working on a revised FF. Very little is known about the new FF and the video isn’t very helpful with Ferrari using the current body for this mule, but there’s a lot of high-speed footage, exhaust noise, and even some sliding to enjoy.

As for what might the 2016 FF bring, there are several rumors in the mill. Firstly, there’s been a lot of talk about Ferrari wanting to replace the current hatchback-like roof with a more elegant canopy. Word has it the Italians are also pondering a coupe version of the FF, but none of the scenarios above have been confirmed. More importantly, there have been voices claiming Maranello could add a more affordable, V-8-powered model to the lineup. However, the latter isn’t very likely with 2015 California T already in showrooms.

Either way, I’m 100-percent positive that the new FF will have its V-12 updated to deliver more than the current 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque. The new output should shave about 0.2 seconds off the 3.7-second 0-to-60 sprint, but keep the top speed unaltered at 208 mph. Fingers crossed Ferrari maintains the FF’s shooting brake roof, as it’s the main exterior feature that sets it apart from other modern-day Prancing Horses.

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Chris Harris Reviews His Ferrari FF: Video

Chris Harris Reviews His Ferrari FF: Video

Whenever someone does a review of his or her own personal vehicle, take it with a grain of salt. It’s a little too easy to use the analysis as a platform to justify ones own personal tastes, making the official announcement, surreptitiously at least, that you indeed made the correct choice with that purchase. Conversely, it’s a lot harder to admit when you’re wrong. Now, we’re not saying Chris Harris is hiding anything in his review of the Ferrari FF. We’re just pointing out that viewers should judiciously divide objectivity from subjectivity.

We first saw Mr. Harris review his FF near the end of last summer. Bought used, this example of the Maranello über-wagon was two years old, had 6,000 miles on the odometer, and came in Harris’ preferred spec of Tour De France blue with a tan leather interior. So, like most of us who spot their dream car just within reach, he made a deposit with as much as he could spare and borrowed a sizable chunk of change to cover the rest. Total asking price rang to a tune of a quarter million dollars U.S.

“I just wanted to live with an FF, and if it cost me s**t loads of money and everyone thought I was a pillock, well I just didn’t care,” Harris explains. “Sometimes, you just have to do stupid things because you want to do stupid things.”

The question remains: is purchasing an FF really all that stupid? For an automotive journalist, it’s certainly not very sensible. But given the high speeds and sideways antics that run rampant through most of his videos, sensibility is clearly not a strong point for Harris.

Throughout the review, it’s more than obvious that Harris has a deep affection for his FF. It might be a bit on the large side, and it blows through petrol like it’s going out of style, but for Harris, these are minor quibbles. Everything else about the FF fits his criteria for automotive sainthood: it’s fast, it has superb handling, it’s spacious, comfortable, it sounds amazing, and in a pinch, it’s even kind of practical (at least by Ferrari standards). But most importantly, the FF makes him feel “special." It’s certainly not everyone’s favorite car, but for Harris, there could be no other: “a Ferrari that carries a mountain bike; that in itself is the coolest concept in the car world.”

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Can a BMW M5 Actually Outrun a Ferrari FF?: Video

Can a BMW M5 Actually Outrun a Ferrari FF?: Video

What do you do if you live in Sweden, you got two high-powered sports cars, and you’re bored? Why, take them to an empty airstrip and race them, of course! Here we find a head-to-head drag battle from a roll between an F10 BMW M5 and a Ferrari FF. It’s the clash of the German sedan and Italian three-door shooting-brake, but the results might not be what you expect.

Here’s what the specs tell us: while the all-wheel-drive Ferrari would almost certainly get a jump into the lead from a dig, this is a rolling start, which evens up any traction issues. Plus, both cars use double-clutch, seven-speed gearboxes, which further eliminates any driver skill discrepancies. That means it’s foot down and let the engines wind out, making this particular race purely a numbers game, with power-to-weight being the most important figure involved.

So then, we have the Bimmer weighing in at 4,288 pounds with 560 horsepower, while the Ferrari is 4,145 pounds with 660 horsepower. For the sake of simplicity, let’s put torque rating to one side for now. Rounding up, we’re left with a figure of .13 for the M5 and .16 for the Ferrari.

So the Ferrari should win, right? Not exactly.

Putting numbers on a page is one thing, but the real world is no X/Y spreadsheet, as is evident by the way the M5 walks the FF in this video. There are all kinds of forces conspiring against Maranello here. For one, the all-wheel-drive system creates quite a bit of parasitic loss at higher speeds, compared to the more efficient rear-drive BMW. Then there’s the higher drag coefficient presented by the Ferrari, which further stunts its top-end performance. Finally, the YouTube poster states that a total of three people were in the FF, while there were only two in the BMW, which knocks that power-to-weight down a peg or two.

If this race were rerun from a standstill, we’d expect the results to be totally different. As it is, the BMW only got the FF by about a car length. But, as a certain protein powder enthusiast once said, it doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Hear, hear.

Click past the link to read more about this match-up.

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Video: 1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Vs 2012 Ferrari FF

Video: 1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Vs 2012 Ferrari FF

"Generation Gap" is one of Motor Trend’s coolest shows. In each episode, two representatives of the same nameplate or body style, but from different generations, are compared in regards to their looks, performance and collectability. The co-hosts get to drive each of the cars and decide which wins in each of the aforementioned category. After that’s settled, the viewers get to cast their vote on which of the two vehicles is cooler and help determine a winner.

Last time we watched the show, Motor Trend brought together a 1967 Shelby GT500 and the 2010 GT500 Patriot Edition. A no-brainer if you ask me, but things have gotten a bit weird in the latest episode, which compares the Ferrari FF to a modified... wait for it... 1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. Granted, both vehicle can haul a family of four, but other than that these cars are as different as chalk and cheese. One’s a state-of-the-art shooting brake wearing the most iconic badge of all time, while the other comes straight from the muscle car era and has no sporty intentions whatsoever.

However, the fact that the Vista Cruiser is powered by a supercharged, LS3 V-8 puts things on par as far as output is concerned, with both cars having nearly the same amount of power at their disposal. The FF cranks out 651 ponies, while the Olds comes with 650 horses on tap. Sure, the comparison is still somewhat ridiculous, but the 11-minute video is definitely worth a watching. See who wins the battle in by clicking the play button above and tell us which "cruiser" you’d vote and why in the comments box below.

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2014 Ferrari FF Tailor Made

2014 Ferrari FF Tailor Made

The Ferrari FF may be nearly three years old, but its shooting brake-like body and massive output figures continue to attract sports car enthusiasts the world over. It’s common knowledge Ferraris don’t need updates too often, and the FF is no exception. However, buyers have access to all sorts of visual upgrades through the company’s Tailor Made customization program, which is responsible for numerous bespoke, one-off sports cars. The FF too has received its fair share of attention from Tailor Made — the FF Dressage Edition is a great example — but Italians have a bunch of new features in store for the shooting brake.

To showcase the new, bespoke features developed for the FF, Ferrari created a trio of sports cars carrying never-before-seen exterior colors and interior amenities on this model. It’s not that the FF isn’t uniquely elegant or appealing enough in its standard guise, but Ferrari needs to maintain the exclusive image it benefits from in markets such as the Middle East and China. It might sound a bit ironic, but there’s always room to improve a Ferrari; all you need is a fat wallet.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari FF Tailor Made Program.

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2014 Ferrari "La Famiglia" Collection by Wheelsandmore

2014 Ferrari "La Famiglia" Collection by Wheelsandmore

It’s been a while since we last heard from Wheelsandmore. Actually, it’s been too long. But the German tuner knows how to make a comeback. Each and every time Wheelsandmore builds a program, you can count on it being comprehensive. The only thing different about this program is that it’s not limited to just one unit, but three; three Ferraris, to be exact.

The Ferrari F12berlinetta, the Ferrari FF, and the Ferrari California are all part of the tuner’s new "La Famiglia" program and all received the same tender, love, and care from Wheelsandmore, the kind that we’ve all come to know from the German company. Each Ferrari received a new set of wheels, obviously, and modest performance gains.

A handful of cosmetic upgrades were also given to the three Ferraris, although you’d be hard-pressed to notice them outside of the traditional Wheelsandmore decal that runs along the length of each Ferrari.

Take a good, long look at these new Ferrari programs from Wheelsandmore. All three share the undeniable character and flair of the German aftermarket company, right down to the gnarly set of wheels and those subtle performance improvements.

Welcome back, Wheelsandmore. We missed you.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari Collection "La Famiglia" by Wheelsandmore.

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Check out These Truly "American" Ferraris

Check out These Truly "American" Ferraris

Ever wondered what Ferrari would look like if it became, to quote former CEO Luca di Montezemolo, “American?" Well, Jalopnik writer and artist Jason Torchinsky did just that, creating a series of hilarious Ferrari-based renderings that show a number of models receiving America’s unabashed imprint.

The F12 Brougham and the FF Sportwagen could actually pass of as legitimate Ferraris if you’re looking at them while in an inebriated state, but that’s the extent of it. The rest of the renderings take a turn for the insanely hilarious. There’s the 458 Montana SUV that looks like a moustachioed 458 on PEDs; the 458 Eagle with “vertical stabilizing fins” and a Pontiac Firebird-inspired eagle hood graphic; the 458 Rebele with welded doors and General Lee-inspired livery; and the three-wheeled Florida T with an exposed supercharger and a meth-dispenser system.

But the coup de grâce is the limited edition LaFerrari Van that might actually make for a pretty decent family car if not for the fact that it isn’t real.

Well done, Jason. Well done. Somewhere Ferrari executives are typing up a cease and desist letter.

Click past the jump to see how Ferrari’s lineup will look like if it really was becoming "American."

Image Credit: Jason Torchinsky
Images used with the express permission of Jalopnik.

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Ferraris Now shipping with Apple CarPlay

Ferraris Now shipping with Apple CarPlay

Ferrari has begun shipping its FF and California T with Apple CarPlay, the innovative iOS-based infotainment system that links users’ iPhones with their Ferrari’s dash-mounted touch screen. We’ve known that Apple had chosen Ferrari to be one of its first vehicle applications for a while, but it wasn’t until now that users could get their hands on the latest Apple technology.

Ferrari says the first CarPlay-equipped FF has shipped to an Italian client, with more scheduled for Germany, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Japan, and the United States.

Apple isn’t sticking to just Ferrari, however. The tech giant has partnered with a generous handful of automakers including Honda, Hyundai, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz. Other automakers such as General Motors, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, Jaguar Land Rover, and Audi are listed as partners currently developing future vehicles with CarPlay capabilities.

Apple now joins ranks with Microsoft in having a presence in the automotive scene. While Microsoft’s Sync has been included in Ford Motor Company products for more than five years, Apple’s CarPlay is the first to integrate the user’s cell phone to such a heavy extent.

Click past the jump to see Apple CarPlay in action

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Video: Chris Harris Gets Intimate With The Ferrari FF

Video: Chris Harris Gets Intimate With The 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.

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2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition

2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition

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.

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Video: Meet the World's Fastest Police Cars

Video: Meet the World’s Fastest Police Cars

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.

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A Ferrari FF Bursts into Flames in Hong Kong

A Ferrari FF Bursts into Flames in Hong Kong

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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2014 Ferrari SP FFX

2014 Ferrari SP FFX

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.

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2016 Ferrari FF Coupe

2016 Ferrari FF Coupe

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.

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Possible Image of the Ferrari SP FFX Hits the Internet

Possible Image of the Ferrari SP FFX Hits the Internet

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

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Video: This Is How The Dubai Police Department Rolls

Video: This Is How The Dubai Police Department Rolls

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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Dubai Police also Adds a Ferrari FF to its Fleet

Dubai Police also Adds a Ferrari FF to its Fleet

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.

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Video: Ferrari FF winter testings

Video: Ferrari FF winter testings

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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Wheelsandmore Pushes the Ferrari FF Near its Tuning Limits

Wheelsandmore Pushes the Ferrari FF Near its Tuning Limits

Wheelsandmore usually releases programs in pairs so when they unveiled their latest project on the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, you knew that they were ready to release another one soon.

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.

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2013 Ferrari FF Czech Edition

2013 Ferrari FF Czech Edition

Ferrari’s Tailor Made Personalization Program has produced yet another one-off FF supercar, further proving that the Italian automaker is serious about giving customers exactly what they want.

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!

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2013 Ferrari FF Beverly Hills Police Officers Association Ball Edition

2013 Ferrari FF Beverly Hills Police Officers Association Ball Edition

The Ferrari FF has been making its rounds as a special edition model recently, including a one-off appearance as Ian Poulter’s custom vehicle.

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.

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Ferrari FF Debuts a Glass-Roof in Paris

Ferrari FF Debuts a Glass-Roof in Paris

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?

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Red Bull Co-Creator’s Grandson Arrested on Charges of Dragging a Cop With His Ferrari

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.

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2012 Ferrari FF "Ian Poulter" Edition

2012 Ferrari FF "Ian Poulter" Edition

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.

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2012 Ferrari FF Vindicator by SR Auto Group

2012 Ferrari FF Vindicator by SR Auto Group

The Ferrari FF made its world debut in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show and since then, the only major update it has received came from Novitec Rosso. Tuners just aren’t that excited about revamping Ferrari’s oddly shaped sports coupe and one look at the vehicle will shed some light for many as to why. Now, American tuner SR Auto Group is attempting to justify the FF’s existence by coming up with an upgrade package of their own. The package is called the FF Vindicator, which is surely SR Auto Group’s attempt at convincing us all that this will be the package to redeem the sports coupe.

This new kit was inspired by the Project Era which was based on the Ferrari 458 Italia. It consists of painting the car in a cool white finish and slapping on a new set of PUR wheels in a 1NE design. This setup may have worked for the 458 Italia, but that is another beast entirely. The Ferrari FF may have a 6,262 cc direct injection V12 engine that delivers 660 HP at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 503 lbs-ft 6,000 rpm, but its design is just a rolling pile of aluminum poop.

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2012 Ferrari FF by Novitec Rosso

2012 Ferrari FF by Novitec Rosso

Ever since the Ferrari FF was introduced over a year ago, the car hasn’t seen a whole lot of aftermarket love from some of the biggest tuners in the world. But now that Novitec Rosso has jumped into the picture with their first program for the FF, all’s well in the world again.

The comprehensive program for the Ferrari FF includes new aerodynamic components, a couple of styling modifications, and a subtle performance upgrade. Sounds about right to us.

The first order of business was the addition of new carbon fiber components. The kit includes a new front spoiler lip, a roof spoiler, a rear spoiler, side skirts, and a rear diffuser. Carbon fiber surrounds for the taillights were also added, as were matching black side markers, carbon exterior mirrors, LED rear fog lamps, a carbon fiber roof, and a radiator grille. In addition, Novitec Rosso also fitted the FF with a new set of 21" and 22" ultra-light forged wheels with an NF4 wheel design that features five double spokes and wrapped in Pirelli PZero high-performance tires.

Inside, Novitec Rosso is offering a slew of custom enhancements, including, but not limited to, carbon fiber scuff plates and a fully customized leather and Alcantara interior.

Under the hood of the FF lies a 6.3-liter, 12-cylinder engine that produces 660 horsepower. Thanks to a re-calibrated ECU system and the installation of Novitec Rosso’s stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system, the output has increased to an impressive 702 horsepower with a new top speed of 211 mph, up from the standard model’s 208 mph top speed.

UPDATE 07/26/12: Nobody needs to remind Novitec Rosso about their tuning credentials. But in the event you have any doubts about their talents, feel free to check out the video of what they did to the Ferrari FF’s exhaust. Click the photo and turn up the volume, peeps!

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Ferrari FF goes on fire in Poland

Ferrari FF goes on fire in Poland

It seems that Ferrari learned nothing from the previousfire problems the 458 Italia had in the past. The new FF is being reported to have the same issues: a number of three cars recently caught fire, with the latest one being located in Poland (previous two were in Germany in November 2011 and China in February 2012).

The incident took place on the A4 highway near Krakow, Sunday at 19:23. It seems that the fire started spontaneously and according to the driver it went from the cockpit down to the pedals. Luckily he managed to get out of the car in time, but despite his efforts and the help from two fire brigade, the car was completely destroyed.

Ferrari has already recalled a number of FF models from the Chinese market built before December 2011. The problem announced for those models was excessive oil lubrication circuit-processing residues. However, we are pretty sure that a massive FF recall will happen pretty soon.

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Ferrari Myth exhibition opens at Shanghai Expo Park

Ferrari Myth exhibition opens at Shanghai Expo Park

China is becoming a key market for a lot of automotive companies, including Ferrari and, as a thank you gift, the company has opened a new Myth exhibition at the Italian Center in Shanghai Expo Park. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the company’s Deputy Chairman Piero Ferrari, as well as representatives of both the Chinese and Italian governments.

The new exhibition center covers an area of 900 square meters and will be open to the public for three years. Its aim is to introduce the Chinese to Ferrari and allow them to experience the history, cars, technologies, and passion of the Prancing Horse first-hand, thereby further consolidating the already strong links between the Italian marque and this nation.

The models displayed are the 348 TS as the first Ferrari to enter the Chinese mainland market, a 275 GTB4, a 365 GTB4 Daytona, the 750 Monza sports prototype, and the FF.

"For millions of people around the world, Ferrari represents the pinnacle of Italian culture," declared Piero Ferrari. "It is a symbol of passion, success and the constant pursuit of excellence. It has always been our wish to share Ferrari’s unique history and culture with the people of China who have shown great affection for the Prancing Horse and with whom we share core values such as respect for tradition and a tenacious spirit of innovation."

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2012 Ferrari FF

2012 Ferrari FF

After a long array of teasing, Ferrari has finally revealed the official details on their new successor for the 612 Scaglietti. Called the FF - an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive), the new model is the company’s most powerful, versatile four-seater ever, as well as its first ever all-wheel drive car.

The concept car was designed by Pininfarina, and according to Ferrari "the new car represents not so much an evolution as a true revolution." The new model will deliver "unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance character with incredible versatility, superb comfort and sophisticated elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers an absolutely unique driving experience."

The new Ferrari FF GT sports car concept made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and a production version will follow by 2012.

UPDATE 03/14/2011: If the new Ferrari FF happens to be in your future acquisitions list, then you should try the configurator Ferrari has just placed online for it. However, we should warn you, no matter what color you choose, the car won’t look any better.

UPDATE 05/07/2012: Ferrari is celebrating 60 years of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II’s reign with a very cool video featuring the new FF. Ferrari will be at the very heart of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant with a series of classic and contemporary models.

UPDATE 10/16/12: The first production Ferrari FF has been sent to its owner in the Netherlands. YouTube user SpotterGijs managed to get a glimpse of the first production FF meeting its new owner. Hop on over after the jump to check out the video!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Ferrari FF.

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Fernando Alonso gets a Ferrari FF as reward for Malaysia victory

Fernando Alonso gets a Ferrari FF as reward for Malaysia victory

Everyone who’s a big racing fan knows Fernando Alonso won the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix. But what those same people don’t know is that Ferrari was so excited about his results, so they prepared a special surprise for him: a brand new Ferrari FF in Rossa livery. We would have been even more impressed if the car was a F12Berlinetta, but maybe that will be the gift if he becomes world champion for the third time.

This isn’t the first time Alonso has received a car prepared especially for him. Just a few weeks ago, we reported on a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 "Ferrari Edition" developed for Alonso and Felipe Massa. Two years ago, he received a personalized Ferrari 458 Italia and a Maserati GranCabrio. Impressive collection, don’t you think?

Thankfully, he has all of the training necessary to drive any of these vehicles and with all of the victories under his belt, they are all well-deserved!

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Video: Ferrari FF vs. Jensen FF

Video: Ferrari FF vs. Jensen FF

When two cars have the same name, it’s almost necessary to pin them against each other in some type of race. This is what ClassicDriverTV has done with the new Ferrari FF and the old Jensen FF.

Ferrari’s latest sports car creation is a 651 HP four-seater with the cleverest of part-time 4wd systems and 200mph+ performance. The Jensen FF was produced by British manufacturer, Jensen Motors, between 1966 and 1971. It was powered by a 7.0 liter Hemi engine imported from Chrysler that delivered a total of 390 HP.

The two sports cars were put face to face in the snow in Engadin Valley. With the vast power difference between the Ferrari and the Jensen, it seems to be quite clear who the victor was, but having the two cars broken down bit by bit is still an interesting watch!

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Ferrari FF with E85 conversion can deliver 875 HP

Ferrari FF with E85 conversion can deliver 875 HP

We aren’t exactly the biggest fans of Ferrari’s
latest addition to their lineup, but this FF in particular may just be cool enough to change our mind. You see, the standard Ferrari FF works from 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, which is fantastic for a car that looks like a stretched out wagon. That being said, Norwegian aftermarket developer, Customised.no, is upping that ante with a bio-ethanol (E85) conversion that will shoot up the power and kick back its emissions. Sounds intriguing.

The E85 conversion jump-starts the FF’s power output by taking it from 660 HP all the way to 875 HP! This newfound power will allow the sports coupe a 0-60 mph sprint time of less than three seconds, improved from the standard 3.7 seconds.

The conversion still doesn’t make the car any prettier, but it does reduce its emissions by about 80%, from the current 360g/km to 100g/km. Kind of impossible to believe considering this is still a Ferrari.

The E85 conversion for the Ferrari FF is priced at 1,500 euro ($1,900 at the current rates), and since it was converted at a Ferrari dealer, customers may still get to take advantage of their warranty.

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Video: Alonso & Massa with the Ferrari FF on the snow

Video: Alonso & Massa with the Ferrari FF on the snow

The two Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have been invited to one of the most unusual parallel slalom race: they had to drive twoFerrari FF at the World Cup downhill races. And in their hand the FF proved to be very entertaining on demanding hills both up and down, as well as in endless changes of direction laid out on the downhill slalom course.

After the "race" Alonso said: "It’s incredible how easy it is to drive the FF even on a such a demanding surface and at the same time, how high a performance level you can reach in it." And it seems that Massa had a similar opinion: "the most incredible thing about the car is the fact there is no need to compromise maximum performance and useability, whatever the driving environment. And on top of that, it’s perfect for everyday use with the whole family in the car."

Hit the jump for the video.

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Video: Jeremy Clarkson Releases Second Trailer for Powered Up DVD

The first trailer for Jeremy Clarkson’s "Powered Up" DVD came out just a few days ago, but we’re already getting a second helping to pump up the anticipation. The DVD was shot on some of the most impressive locations in the world, starting from the South of France to the the high-tech testing ground of Formula One: the Paul Ricard Circuit. The mission is to find Clarkson’s favorite car.

The first trailer featured cars like the McLaren MP4-12C, the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, theJaguar E-Type Convertible, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, the Ferrari FF, and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. This second video adds a few more sports cars to the mix, including the impressive Ferrari 458 Italia.

The ’Powered Up’ DVD is now available, so if you haven’t run out and bought your copy just yet, then take a look at this trailer for all the convincing you’ll need.

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Another one bites the dust: Ferrari FF catches fire during test drive

Another one bites the dust: Ferrari FF catches fire during test drive

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.

Hit the jump to see the video of the incident.

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2012 Ferrari FF Neiman Marcus Edition

2012 Ferrari FF Neiman Marcus Edition

From the company that once gave us a special edition Chevrolet Camaro Convertible comes another mouth-watering exotic that figures to shoot up to the top of our holiday wish-lists.

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.

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Video: Jeremy Clarkson's "Powered Up" DVD trailer

Video: Jeremy Clarkson’s "Powered Up" DVD trailer

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.

In this trailer, Clarkson rips around the track in models like the McLaren MP4-12C, the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, theJaguar E-Type Convertible, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, the Ferrari FF, the 911 GT2 RS, and a monster car with a huge BMW aircraft engine. Formula 1 driver, Karun Chandhok, is also featured behind the wheel of a 911 GT3.

The ’Powered Up’ DVD is available for pre-order now. It will be released on November 7, 2011.

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Wallpapers: Stig's Supercar Showdown

Wallpapers: Stig’s Supercar Showdown

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 this group was the fastest production car ever, the Bugatti Veyron Supersport; Ferrari’s new FF; the McLaren MP4-12C; Porsche’s finest ever 911, the GT3 RS 4.0; Jaguar’s new XKR-S; Ariel’s mental Atom Mugen; BMW’s new accessible thrill machine, the 1-Series M Coupe; the Ford Mustang Boss Laguna Seca; and the Zonda F. That list already presented a mouthful and there were still more vehicles present.

All the cars in the show were estimated at £3,718,090 - or about $5,217,907 at the current exchange rates - and delivered a combined output of 6,071bhp. So, which one do you like best?

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Video: Tiff Needell drives the Ferrari FF

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.

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Ferrari celebrates 35 years in Japan with FF charity auction

Ferrari celebrates 35 years in Japan with FF charity auction

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.

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2012 Ferrari FF Maximus by DMC

2012 Ferrari FF Maximus by DMC

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.

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Ferrari drops plans of facelifted 599: will introduce new model in 2012

Ferrari drops plans of facelifted 599: will introduce new model in 2012

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.

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Video: Journalist crashes Ferrari FF

Video: Journalist crashes Ferrari FF

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.

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Video: Behind the scenes of the Ferrari FF commercial shoot

Video: Behind the scenes of the Ferrari FF commercial shoot

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.

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Ferrari FF and Lamborghini Aventador sold out for 2011

Ferrari FF and Lamborghini Aventador sold out for 2011

Who says coming to a major auto show doesn’t sell cars? Not us, and definitely not Ferrari and Lamborghini since both Italian automakers have announced that the models they brought to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show have sold out for 2011. That’s right, the recently launched Ferrari FF and the newly launched - as in last week - Lamborghini Aventador are both sold out for 2011. While we are not at all surprised that people scooped up the Aventador the second they could, we are shocked that something as unappealing as the FF could succeed at becoming sold out, especially considering the negative reaction people had after it launched.

Ferrari CEO’s, Luca di Montezemolo, announced at the Geneva Motor Show that "2011 is announcing to be a positive year" and that “we have already sold all 800 Ferrari FFs planned to be produced in 2011. We have registered impressive reaction on markets like Unites States, Emirates and Russia, countries were our presence was very slow due to the CO2 emission standards."

At the same time, Lamborghini boss, Stephan Winkelmann, told the media "we already sold more than 12 months of production," meaning a total of about 700 units. Just asa reminder, the Aventador is priced at $379.700.

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What about a Ferrari FF for $5,700

What about a Ferrari FF for $5,700

Us personally we do not like the Ferrari FF and would not pay even a cent for it. But we are sure there will be lots of people interested in this model. However, until we will finally see the car on the streets, Ferrari is offering a limited edition of just 199 models at 1:8 scale. That if you have a 4150 euro on your pocket (or about $5,700 at the current exchange rates). Each model in limited edition of 199 models is sold with a certificate of authenticity and a numbered plaque on the base indicating that this is a unique edition.

The Ferrari 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.

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First production Ferrari FF headed for Boca Raton Concours auction

First production Ferrari FF headed for Boca Raton Concours auction

Despite being only five years old, the Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance in Florida has become a prime event for auto enthusiasts because of the number of first edition production cars being auctioned off there. In recent years, the Concours has been able to sell off first production models of the 2010 Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI Quattro, the 2010 Ferrari California, the 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and the 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder, to name a few.

This year, two new highly anticipated supercars are scheduled to be in attendance at the Boca Raton Concours and, as has been the custom for this event, the first edition models of these two cars are going to be up for auction. Prepare to open your checkbooks, gentlemen. The 2012 Ferrari FF and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster are coming to Boca Raton.

The event is scheduled to kick off next weekend, February 26th, 2011, where it is expected to draw even more attendees, most of whom are looking to grab a piece of the first-edition models of the two aforementioned machines. If these people fail to scoop the big kahunas, they can still opt for some awesome “consolation” prices, including the first Audi R8 GT in the US, the first of only 30 Mercedes CLS63 AMG ‘C’ Limited Edition vehicles, and, if you’re a fan of Jay Leno, an opportunity to take a tour of his world-famous garage.

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FF Series Proposal

FF Series Proposal

Peter Tremulis submitted his proposal to Ferrari Spa on January 27, 2011 to work with Ferrari to develop the newly released FF model into a Series that will include two additional models called the FF-M and FF-GT. "The beauty of utilizing the FF as the basis for a series of sports cars is that the FF is such a capable platform. It’s Ferrari’s first all wheel drive high performance sports car and offers unprecesented opportunity to modify the roof line while retaining all the running gear and most of the beautiful sheet metal.", said Tremulis. The two new models have been rendered by Tremulis and his son Daniel Tremulis, an 18 year old senior in High School. "I am quite proud of Daniel’s design work and he shows strong talent in automotive styling like his Great Uncle, Alex Tremulis." Alex Tremulis is a famous automotive stylist who enjoyed a life long career designing landmark automotibles such as the Chrysler Thunderbold and the Tucker Torpedo.

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