Fer­rari’s four-wheel-drive first wows Geneva

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

PROGRESS at last at Fer­rari with the news of its first four­wheel-drive car, the fourseater FF, which has been draw­ing crowds at the Geneva Mo­tor Show this week.

Billed as the most pow­er­ful and most ver­sa­tile Fer­rari so far, its 6262cc, 12-cylin­der en­gine pro­duces 650bhp and 503 lb ft of torque through a twin-clutch, seven-speed gear­box.

Top speed is 209 mph and the ac­cel­er­a­tion is dra­matic, with 0-62mph in 3.7 sec­onds and 0-125mph in 11 sec­onds. It can brake from 62mph to stop in 35 me­tres.

The of­fi­cial com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is 18mpg and CO2 is 360g/km. This is 25 per cent lower than pre­vi­ous V12 units, thanks to new tech­nol­ogy and stop-start ig­ni­tion. The trac­tion is to the rear wheels, with trans­fer as needed to the front wheels when the rear wheels slip, and to in­di­vid­ual wheels, too.

The Pin­in­fa­rina de­sign in­cludes fold­ing rear seats that al­most dou­ble the lug­gage ca­pac­ity to 800 litres. The 4.9-me­tre car weighs 1880kg.

The lat­est Brembo car­bon­ce­ramic brakes are lighter and longer-last­ing, with “vir­tu­ally neg­li­gi­ble wear dur­ing nor­mal use on the road” – one sup­poses de­pend­ing on how hard you push the FF.

Price around £223,500 for de­liv­ery in Oc­to­ber.

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