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IMAGINE we are streamer to your ski residence in Aspen with a integrate of friends and a weekend’s value of luggage. The foresee calls for snow. Do we squeeze a keys to your unsentimental family automobile or mount into your Ferrari?
Trick question! You do both — if, that is, we have an all-wheel-drive four-seat Ferrari FF. Which we substantially don’t, given a FF’s bottom cost is $302,450. And you’ll never see one that cheap, given shopping a Ferrari with no options is like building a Hamptons dream residence though a outward kitchen.
Come on, man. Don’t be a skinflint.
Three hundred grand is a lot of money, though demeanour during it this way: interjection to a 2012 FF’s pleasant brew of registered opening and practical practicality, we can sell your fair-weather 458 Italia and your winter-beater Porsche Panamera Turbo S and usually expostulate this.
Honey, according to my numbers, it creates plain financial clarity to buy a Ferrari FF.
The FF’s charge is to mix a opening of a Ferrari supercar with a four-season application of an all-wheel-drive oppulance wagon. Thus a hatchback body, that identifies a FF with a once-popular category of sporting automobile famous as a sharpened brake.
Under a hood lies a many absolute engine ever consecrated in a road-going Ferrari, a 6.3-liter V-12 that belts out 651 horsepower during 8,000 r.p.m. There is a passenger-side speedometer that we might dub a nag-ometer depending on who’s roving in a newcomer seat. With a delivery in involuntary mode, a FF is a relaxed daily driver. One that can, when asked, competition from 0 to 60 miles per hour in reduction than 4 seconds.
One morning, we employed a FF’s drastic energy plant on a preschool run, my 2-year-old strapped into a automobile chair in a back. The FF was unequivocally expected a usually automobile in a propagandize parking lot that day with a quoted tip speed of 208 m.p.h. Does FF mount for “family fun”?
Actually FF stands for “Ferrari four,” a anxiety to a 4 seats and four-wheel drive. Which is indeed all-wheel drive, underneath a common definition, during slightest adult until about 130 m.p.h., when it becomes rear-wheel drive. The energy placement gets utterly complicated, though if we like transmissions you’ll adore a FF, given it has dual of them.
Like a 458 Italia, a FF’s electronic aggressiveness is tranquil around a manettino, a tiny red switch on a steering wheel. Unlike a 458, a FF’s manettino has no competition mode. Which is too bad, given on a 458, “race” sets a active empty to a many outspoken setting, and we wish to hear a FF’s strain as mostly as possible. Conventional V-12 engines are eminent for soothing, buttery power, though a FF’s flat-plane crankshaft imbues a empty note with a hard-edge malignant bark. If a FF’s 12 pistons were a jury, they’d never strech a verdict.
To a secure credit, Ferrari programs a engine-management wiring to let we rev a engine in neutral. This sounds youthful and purposeless though is something we find yourself doing surprisingly often, presumably in a garage while your children are asleep inside a house. Were napping, that is.
To improved suffer a V12′s comely song, we gathering around with a windows down many of a time. Which meant we couldn’t unequivocally hear a stereo, and that was all right, given a FF uses a same stereo and navigation complement that we find in a Jeep Wrangler (an peculiar bit of corporate synergy from a associate Fiat brand).
Of course, nobody buys a Ferrari for a stereo, though maybe someone during Bang Olufsen or McIntosh needs to make a cold call to Ferrari domicile in Maranello, Italy. Until then, I’m certain we have a choice to usually cover a thing with a good square of leather.
I get a sense that anything in a FF can be lonesome in leather, presumably including a inside of a windshield. (Just leave me a tiny portal, Signore Schedoni.) The automobile we gathering had a leather superstar and smelled like a winning lottery ticket. Which, if you’re wondering, smells like a inside of a Ferragamo store.
That leather roof was though one choice on a dauntingly immeasurable list. This sold FF in Grigio Abu Dhabi paint (what a peons call “silver”) was stocked with $74,891 in options, bringing a add-on to $377,431. That works out to reduction than $100,000 per passenger, given a FF can indeed chair 4 adults.
I’d cruise many of these equipment to be must-haves, like a competition empty complement and a height-adjustable cessation that can lift a front finish to negotiate high driveways. You’ll wish a healthy bill for fuel, too, given a sovereign total city-highway fuel economy rating is 13 m.p.g.
Other options we could live without, like a yellow Scuderia Ferrari badges on a flanks. Given this car’s Formula One soundtrack, a radical proportions, a sneering beak of an egg-crate grille, do we need additional badges to tell a universe that this is a Ferrari? What else could it be? Affixing some-more badges to an FF is like welcoming Sophia Vergara to a cooking celebration and handing her a nametag.
I never had a good happening to commander a FF by a snowstorm, though on dry cement a all-wheel-drive complement and a front-wheel torque vectoring perceptible themselves as metaphysical poise. You usually keep accelerating by a big, unconditional hook and a automobile simply goes where we aim it, faster and faster, as if there’s a black hole usually over a dilemma exit.
At some point, of course, a FF contingency relinquish a stranglehold on a pavement, though that will occur during speeds we substantially shouldn’t revisit outward your private airstrip. You might be changed to emanate warnings to your passengers, along a lines of: “You won’t consider this automobile is able of what it’s about to do. Just trust me that we’re nowhere nearby a limits.”
Before a attainment of a FF, this was a arrange of automobile that a Sultan of Brunei would have consecrated for himself, during good expense. Sure, $300,000 is a lot of money, though it’s substantially a take compared with what a Sultan contingency have paid for his tradition Ferrari 456 automobile in a ’90s. And we can expostulate it year-round, with sceptical kin or your thoroughbred Chinese cresteds (or both) along for a ride.
Put it this way: this is a Ferrari for people who aren’t shopping their initial Ferrari. Understand that, and we know a preference to step outward a protected proportions of supercar orthodoxy. Unlike a 458 Italia or a 599 GTB, any descended from decades’ value of predecessors, a FF is a new bend on a family tree. It’s a adventurous car, and we adore a certainty it represents.
Ferrari could have usually left with a throng and built a low-slung four-door like a Aston Martin Rapide. Instead it built a complicated chronicle of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan racecar, and brag on them for doing it. The universe has adequate Mercedes CLS clones. It doesn’t have scarcely adequate Ferrari sharpened brakes.
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