Today must be the sunniest day we’ve ever went out to drive a car. The Bianco Italia
pearlescent shade of white on our test car hurts our eyes and yet we still can’t take them off the FF.
This Ferrari must be one of the most honest cars we’ve ever met, as its unconventional styling perfectly gives away its outside-the-box nature. For example, its dimensions alone make it easy to guess that you’ll have considerably more room inside than in the case of its predecessor, the 612 Scaglietti.
The two are similar in size, with the exception of the height, where the FF brings an extra 1.4 inches (35.5 mm). Don’t worry though, it’s still got smooth Ferrari GT proportions - we could see this even before we got close to the FF when picking it up.
This is a Ferrari that smiles at you from the first moment you meet each other - its V12 sits up front, so it needs a generous mouth to feed itself with air. As for the headlights, the new Ferrari design seems to suit the FF better than the 458
Speaking of the 458, you’ll find a much cleaner aerodynamic work on the FF - there are less air intakes and vets to disturb the styling. It all starts with the vents on the front wings, which are used for exhaling the air that cools the engine compartment.
of the Ferrari FF has all the attributes of a GT, such as muscular shoulders and smooth areas like the nicely integrated door handles, but the most striking part is the upper one. The greenhouse is a discrete work of art and the roofline deserves a medal for bringing the shooting brake notion back on the automotive scene. As for the 20-inch wheels
, these seem like a natural fit for the size of the car.
of the Ferrari FF is the most elaborated part of the car. This mixes parts that have a gentle styling, such as the window, with the elements below, which use bold shapes.
As we stare into the taillights
that remind us of the Enzo, we are attracted by the complex shapes surrounding them. There are also two air vents on the outer sides of the apron, which repel turbulence. They follow the “divide et impera” principle, separating the air flow along the sides of the car.
These work together with the rear diffuser, which has an unconventional layout. This uses three areas, with its middle one sporting a gentle curve to better dispose of the air coming from under the car, while also increasing downforce. As for the side areas of the diffuser, these use an unconventional concave shape to assure an even spread of the depression along the undertray.
When we first met the Ferrari FF via our computer screens we weren’t entirely seduced, but seeing it in bare metal made the car win us over.Continue reading
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