A look at the four-seater Ferrari FF

By Inigo Roces

Posted at May 27 2012 02:29 PM | Updated as of May 28 2012 09:22 PM

Autostrada unveils Ferrari FF in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines -- Autostrada Motore Inc., the official distributors of Ferrari and Maserati in the Philippines, recently unveiled the Ferrari FF, the latest addition to its stable of exotic super cars.

The FF, which stands for Ferrari Four is, appropriately, a four-seater, four-wheel drive GT sports car that hopes to challenge conventions of cars in this class.

During the intimate launch at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Autostrada Motore chairman and president Wellington Soong remarked, “Ever since we moved to this showroom, there have been so many milestones. This showroom has given the four brands such a significant recognition from a geographically feasibility point of view. You normally have the traditional buyers. Now we have totally new people buying, a totally new identity.”

The FF boasts of a body designed by Pininfarina, with headlights that stretch back along the front fenders. The cabin takes the form of a hatchback to grant more space for its rear passengers. Distinctive brand features like functional vents and ducts as well as the trademark circular tail lights are still present.

Inside is an instrument cluster that features a giant center-mounted tachometer flanked by two high-LCD screens. The left screen displays accessory dials, navigation and trip information, and any warning lights. The right screen shows speed as a digital readout or as a conventional dial, as well as the view behind when reverse is engaged. Front-seat passengers can be entertained by an optional screen that shows engine and vehicle speed or trip information.

Powering the vehicle is a front mounted V12 engine displacing 6.3 liters. It produces up 660 horsepower and up to 683 Nm of torque. All this runs through a 7-speed automatic gear box that can drive all four wheels. The FF still typically operates as a rear-wheel drive, but instantly sends power to the front wheels for additional traction whenever needed.

When performance is called for, the FF has a whole array of hi-tech features like height adjustable suspension, five different chassis settings for various road conditions, traction and stability control systems as well as a rear mounted electronic differential, called the E-Diff.

On the road, the FF can reportedly accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 11 seconds. It will go on to reach a top speed of 335 km/h.

Besides power, the FF is the first Ferrari to comfortably accommodate four passengers. As opposed to other cars in its class, the FF features full-sized seats that grant enough head room and leg room for an adult. Behind the second row is a trunk that features 450 liters of space. This can extend to 800 liters when the rear seats are folded down. With features like these as well as an engine stop/start system that provides a claimed 25% reduction in fuel consumption, the FF is probably the most practical Ferrari yet.

The price of the FF is available upon application, though Soong said customers can expect to pay an eight-digit sum for the vehicle.