2014 Ferrari FF Preview

2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

The 2014 Ferrari FF is uniquely shaped, uniquely driven, and uniquely Ferrari.

The FF is Ferrari's first four-wheel drive car, and it's a technological powerhouse--but it's most definitely not truck-like. Shockingly quick, obscenely powerful, and uniquely styled, the FF is an impressive machine.

With its two-door wagon (also known as a "shooting brake") form, the FF's look is unusual. Despite the unconventional shape, it employs many traditional styling characteristics, including a long, low nose, a swept-back windshield, and a Kammback tail. As with the new F12 Berlinetta, the FF's sides show strong character lines following the swells of the fenders, connecting the aggressively aerodynamic nose and tail.

Inside the $300,000 FF, you'll find typical modern Ferrari features, including a driver-centric cabin layout and control interface, two-tone finishes, and, of course, fine leathers and metal trim.

Under the FF's hood, a 6.3-liter V-12 engine generates 651 horsepower. Despite the 3,946-pound curb weight, the four-wheel-drive FF can accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 208 mph. We haven't had a turn behind the wheel of the FF just yet, but we're sure it's a suitably impressive drive.

The four-wheel-drive system is, like most of the rest of the FF, unique. Instead of using a transfer case like most all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles, Ferrari sends power directly from each end of the engine, with the seven-speed transmission driving the rear wheels. A separate two-speed transmission takes power off the nose of the crank to drive the front wheels. The front wheels only drive the car below fourth gear. After that, the rears get all of the torque.

Magneto-rheological dampers help control the FF's body motion for improved grip in a wider range of conditions, while carbon-ceramic brakes increase the fade-resistance and stopping power of the big shooting brake.

The shooting brake form factor brings more benefits than just unique looks: the FF holds 15.9 cubic feet of cargo behind the seats, which can be expanded to 28.2 cubic feet with the rear seats laid flat. That makes it one of the most practical of the super-performance class.

Comfort in the FF should prove quite good for longer trips, with roomy and well-bolstered front seats. Despite the four-seat arrangement, the rear seats look to be a bit cramped, short on leg room and head room due to the exterior's sporty dimensions. The rear seats are also split by a high tunnel for the driveline.

Ferrari's FF has had a special Neiman Marcus Edition, and was also used as the launch vehicle for the company's Tailor Made personalization program. The FF also stars in the company's winter driving school.

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