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Ferrari FF is the perfect supercar for the whole family

The all-wheel drive Ferrari FF.
The all-wheel drive Ferrari FF.

TODAY'S blog is of a stunning 2012 Ferrari FF coated in amazing nero black.

This particular Ferrari has a front mounted, 6.3-litre 48 valve V12 engine which can produce a staggering 486 kilowatts (651 horsepower) at 8000rpm and 683 Newton metres (504 pound-feet) of torque at 6000 rpm.

This means it has the same power as the 2003 Ferrari Enzo, but 19 more pound-feet of torque.

Connected to the engine is a seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission, which can be controlled by paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, which then sends all the power (for the first time ever in Ferrari history) to all-four wheels.

A dual-clutch gearbox basically selects the next highest and lowest gear before you shift, which means this transmission has the ability to shift within 60 milliseconds. It also has a kerb weight of 1880 kilograms.

This allows this FF to launch from 0-100kmh in just 3.7 seconds, and it will continue to accelerate until it reaches its top speed of 335kmh (208 miles per hour).

The 2012 Ferrari FF was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2011 to replace the out-dated Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.

Jesse See.
Jesse See.

Carrying on the tradition, Ferrari had to make the FF a four-seater, and there is actually a fair amount of legroom, unlike in the Ferrari California where you need to have legs as thin as match sticks to get in.

You would think that since it has a decent amount of legroom, that there wouldn't be room for a large boot, but you would be wrong. With the seats up in their normal position, the FF has 450 litres of legroom, which is 50 less than the luxury BMW 7-Series sedan, but with the seats folded down, it has a whopping 800 litres of luggage space. 300 more than the 7-Series.

With the new all-wheel drive system of the FF, the engine sends 20% of the power to the front wheels, and 80% to the back.

Ferrari didn't think a conventional four-wheel drive system was sophisticated enough, so at the front of the car sits a different gearbox, which just sends power to the front wheels, and another gearbox in the rear of the car which only sends power to the rear wheels.

The downside to this is that when you switch to fifth gear, the front gearbox automatically shuts down, leaving all the power at the rear wheels.

The design of the FF is classified as a shooting brake, which is basically a type of sporty station wagon/hatchback.
Ferrari claims that the 2012 Ferrari FF is the fastest four-seater in the world, and you can currently buy one for about $690,000.

 

Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com

The Ferarri FF.
The Ferarri FF.

Topics:  cars, ferrari, jesse see, motoring




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