Ferrari’s four-wheel-drive first wows Geneva
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.