Fast, four-wheel-drive, and…Ferrari? Yes, the FF is the first model from the company to offer power to all four corners, and it's also one of the most stunning models in the brand's stable, though it won't float all boats
The shooting brake style is definitely cut for an enthusiast's eye, the two-door wagon body, long hood, and bluff rear looking perhaps a bit awkward to the casual observer. Inside, the FF is all modern Ferrari style, however, with exquisite leather contrasting against technical-looking plastic elements.
Under the hood lives a 6.3-liter V-12 that gives the FF its bite to the tune of 651 horsepower, arriving at its peak at 8,000 rpm. That grunt gets the FF to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and carries it on to 208 mph--if you have the nerve, and the road, to do it. We haven't had the chance to hop behind the wheel or load the cargo area full of shopping bags for our significant others just yet, so we can't tell you if we have that nerve or not.
Between the big wheels and the body sits a set of magneto-rheological dampers that give the FF adaptive response to the road and the driver's inputs. Similar solutions on other sports cars give us an idea that despite the FF's 3,946-pound curb weight, the FF will dance like a much lighter car when pressed. Carbon-ceramic brakes put a stop on the show when called upon, offering the necessary fade resistance for a two-ton 200 mph super wagon.
On the comfort front, the FF isn't likely to offend you or your passengers; the leather surfaces and Ferrari's latest advances in infotainment and convenience coddle without breeding contempt. The front seats' measurements are ample, though the look of the heavily bolstered seats drops a hint that larger bodies may not feel as welcome as they might. The rear seats--just two of them, separated by the drive tunnel passing through the cabin--are a touch short on both head and leg room, but should be adequate for kids and smaller adults.
For a more thorough look at the FF's offerings and features, read the review at The Car Connection