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Ferrari FF: Buying guide and review (2011-present)

Ferrari FF: Buying guide and review (2011-present) Classic and Performance Car
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In a world of performance SUVs, diesel powered sports cars and battery aided supercars, Ferrari seemed to be one of the few manufacturers left who remained impervious to the free-for-all anything goes mentality that has diluted some of the most prestigious automotive brands.
 
In 2011, Ferrari announced the 612 Scaglietti-replacing FF – a four-seater all-wheel drive ‘Ferrari Four’ shooting brake. An advanced four-wheel drive system was designed to enhance the FF’s handling capabilities, as well as provide added traction for those owners who preferred not to swap modes of transport for their winter holidays.
 
The Pininfarina styled 2+2 shooting brake body is perhaps not a classically beautiful shape at first glance, and looks a bit like an extruded M coupe from certain angles, but there is no denying it has presence and the design does offer a level of practicality that would be alien to most Ferrari owners. The 6.3-litre V12 was Ferrari’s largest production engine to date, producing 119bhp more than its predecessor, meaning its performance was up there with very best. 
 
Expensive when new, expensive to run and expensive second-hand, the FF is the last word in a GT supercar niche of its own making. Some detractors point out that you could have both a dedicated SUV and two-seater sports car for the same price as a new FF, but they are missing the point entirely. The FF is a car that combines previously incompatible traits into a package so competent and desirable that commenting on the price is really quite irrelevant.
 
Which one to buy?
 
The FF has not had any major changes carried out to it since its 2011 release and the basic specifications remain essentially the same so your choice will be decided on how much you want to pay and what optional extras you prefer.
 
The engine is a 6.3-litre V12 producing 651bhp, which made the FF the fastest four-seater car in production at its launch. It remains massively quick today and despite the larger dimensions and fancy four wheel drive setup the driving experience remains very much a focal point. The steering wheel mounted indicator, wiper and lighting controls take some getting used to and the steering is very direct making for a slightly fidgety front end over rough roads.
 
Practicality is one of the FF’s main draw cards, with a hatchback-style rear opening and folding rear seats making for a surprisingly family-friendly car. The four-wheel drive system, dubbed 4RM by Ferrari, is unconventional in that it uses a second smaller gearbox to transfer power to the front wheels and is only activated when the manettino switch is set to comfort or snow. At speeds above 125mph or in any of the upper 3 gears the system is disabled. In all other settings the FF behaves like a rear-wheel drive car. The benefits of this system are a lighter weight and increased grip in adverse road conditions, adding another level of practicality.
 
Standard carbon ceramic brakes and a well-damped ride give confidence when pressing on. Desirable optional extras on second-hand FFs are the suspension lifter system, sports exhaust system, upgraded HiFi system and the dual parking cameras which can help alleviate stressful parking manoeuvres.  
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine 6262cc 48valve DOHC V12 
Power 651bhp @ 8000rpm 
Torque 504lb ft @ 6000rpm
Top speed 208mph 
0-62mph 3.7 seconds 
Fuel consumption 18.3mpg 
Gearbox Seven-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2990mm
Length 4907mm
Width 1953mm
Height 1379mm
Curb Weight 1880kg
 
Common problems
 
• Modern Ferraris have relegated the notion that they are temperamental and unreliable cars. The FF may still be relatively new but recurring problems are rare and there are not many problem areas to look out for.

• All Ferraris built after late-2011 come with a seven-year free servicing plan, which covers all standard maintenance items and should be carried out every 12,500 miles or once per year. This means that every FF should have main dealer service history. Consumable items and other maintenance parts are not covered however, meaning an FF is still a very costly exercise.

• The most common complaints have been of noisy air conditioners and badly sealing window seals. Both easy enough to check on a test drive.

• A more serious issue affected some of the earlier FFs, of which a few caught fire, an admittedly worrying trait. All cars potentially affected have been recalled, but it’s always worth checking the maintenance records of any potential purchase with Ferrari.

• A more recent recall was one for cars built between December 2014 and April 2015, due to front airbag issues.

• Large diameter wheels, unyielding low profile tyres and a heavy body mass mean that damaged alloys are not uncommon. Check under the car for any visible damage especially if the test drive yields steering wheel or pedal vibrations.
 
Model history
 
2011: Ferrari FF launched, replacing 612 Scaglietti. 6.3-litre V12 651bhp engine with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. No manual version available, and only available in three-door shooting brake body style
2016: Production ongoing, facelift expected Summer 2016
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk
• www.fcars.co.uk
• www.ferrariownersclub.org
• www.clubscuderia.co.uk
• www.ferrarichat.com
 
Summary and prices
 
Due to relatively small numbers of cars on the market, even the earliest 2011 FFs are currently trading at around the £160,000 point, while at the other end of the scale nearly new cars are closer to £240,000. This is still a handy saving over a car that is fresh out of the box, as a new fully-optioned FF will be close to the £300,000 mark.
 
The majority of FFs will have led pampered lives and should be in near perfect condition with low mileages and full service histories. In light of this, the early 2011 models offer the best value and at these prices there is not much out there that can compete with the mix of practicality and performance that the FF can.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 8th Feb 2016
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  • 2012 Ferrari FF

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    20" Forged Alloys Finished In Black, Suspension Lifter, Carbon Fibre Steering Wheel + LEDS, Rear Seat Entertainment With TV Tuner, Passenger Display, Cruise Control, High Power Hi-Fi System, Power Assist Boot Release, Reversing Camera, Dual View Front Parking Camera, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Internal/External Electrochromic Mirrors, Fully Electric Heated Seats, Diamond Quilted Headlining, Front Grille With Chromed Edges, Aluminium Brake Calipers, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Full Paint Protection Film (PPF) By Topaz, Extended Ferrari Warranty until September 2019. 7 Year Service Plan Until March 2019, UK Supplied, Exceptional Example! Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Adaptive Suspension, Electric Steering Wheel, Launch Control, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, LED Rear Lights, Rain and Light Sensors, Push Button Start, Electric/Dimming/Heated Mirrors, Heated Seats.

    • Mileage: 21415 mi
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  • Ferrari FF

    £164,989 £164,989

    Dual View, Sat Nav, TV, Rear Camera, Apple CarPlay, Sports Exhaust, AFS Headlamps, Scuderia Shields, Upgraded HiFi, Carbon S/Wheel with LEDs, White Dials, Secrecy Glass, Mirrors with Black Inserts, Yellow Calipers and 20 Diamond Cut Forged Alloys. Balance of Manufacturers Warranty and Bal of 7 Year Service Pack. www.imperials.co.uk- ----- Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Tony 07956 564440 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
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  • Ferrari FF

    €205,000(£183,085.50) €205,000(£183,085.50)

    Specifications Year of manufacture: 22/07/2011 Chassis number: ZFF73SKB000180635 Exterior color: Grigio FF Interior color: Brown Mileage: 33 200 km - 20 629 Miles HP: 660cv Engine displacement: 6262 cm3 Gearbox: Automatic Service book: Yes Delivery country: Switzerland History First hand, delivered new to its owner on July 2011 in Switzerland. Car is like new and has many options. Perfect maintenance, only by Ferrari. The vehicle has all of his service book and manuals, double keys and original cover and battery charge maintenance. Maintenance All servicing below: -Servicing at 14 454 km on 19/10/2012 -Servicing at 19 635 km on 22/11/2013 -Servicing at 22 671 km on 07/10/2014 -Servicing at 25 296 km, on 17/11/2015 -Servicing at 32 327 km, on 17//11/2016 Options AFS1 AFS SYSTEM ALIC ALCANTARA INTERIOR CARPET 364708500 ALCANTARA NERA 9913 CALA ALLUMINUM BRAKE CALIPERS CFG1 FRONT GRILL WITH CHROMED EDGES CICZ CARBON FIBRE CENTRAL ZONE CIDL CARBON FIBRE DRIVER ZONE+LEDS CILR CARBON FIBRE CENTRAL BRIDGE CISK EXTERIOR SILL KICK IN CARBON CRS1 CRUISE CONTROL DATR CARBON FIBRE DASHBOARD INSERTS DAY1 DAYTONA STYLE SEAT 364021704 CIOCCOLATO DSH5 COLOURED UPPER DASHBOARD 364021704 CIOCCOLATO DSH7 LEATHER LOWER DASHBOARD 364021704 CIOCCOLATO ELEV SUSPENSION LIFTER EMR1 OUTER MIRROR BLACK INSERT LTBC LEATHER BOOT CARPETS 364021704 CIOCCOLATO LTRZ REAR HOOD LEATHER UPHOLSTERY MIR2 INT/EXT ELECTROCHROMIC MIRRORS NDSP INTERNAL USE NVTK NAVTRAK ANTITHEFT SYSTEM PAC1 PARKING CAMERA PAC2 DUAL VIEW FRONT PARKING CAMERA PAR2 FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS PDIS PASSENGER DISPLAY PNTN SPECIAL COLOURS 084337400 GRIGIO FF RMSD 20"DIAMOND FINISH SPORT WHEELS RPMW WHITE REV COUNTER RSE1 REAR SEAT ENTERTAINMENT RSFV VENTILATED FULL ELECTRIC SEATS RUF1 LEATHER HEADLINER 364021704 CIOCCOLATO SNDB HIGH POWER HIFI SYSTEM SPEC SPECIAL FEATURES STC1 COLOURED STANDARD STITCHING 364100318 GRIGIO SCURO (DARK GREY) 0318 STW1 COLOURED STEERING WHEEL 364021704 CIOCCOLATO TPM0 TYRES PRESSURE MEASUREMENT TVT1 TV TUNER ULEZ UPPER PART IN COLORED LEATHER 364021704 CIOCCOLATO Warranty The vehicle will be sold revised and guaranteed 3 months or 5000 Km Price 205 000 € Ad link http://www.jeanlainvintage.com/vehicule/11454-ferrari-ff/ Find us and contact us Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / +334 79 88 66 36 – Jérôme Millias +337 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans France Jean Lain Vintage – Workshop and restoration / +334 50 84 21 80 9 Rue de la Californie 74 100 Ville-la-Grand France info@jeanlainvintage.com http://jeanlainvintage.com/ Opening hours From Monday to Friday, 8am to 12am and 2pm to 7pm Saturday and Sunday on appointment

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 20629 mi
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  • Ferrari FF

    £212,950 £212,950

    Push Button Start, Heated Seats Romans are proud to offer this stunning 2015/15Ferrari FF for sale presented in 'Nero Daytona' with Crema Leather. This beautiful 1 owner example comes with a fantastic specification including the Panoramic Glass Roof, Passenger Display, Front & Rear Suspension Lift and more. Furthermore, this fantastic car comes supplied with the 7 Year Free Servicing Package until April 2022 and Ferrari manufacturer's warranty until April 2019. Colour: Nero Daytona with Crema Leather, Price: £212,950 Engine: 6.3L V12, Mileage: 2,835 Transmission: F1 DCT, Body Style: Coupe Fuel: Petrol, Extras, 20'' Forged Dark Painted Alloys, Yellow Brake Calipers, Suspension Lifter, Panoramic Roof, Sports Exhaust Pipes, Passenger Display, Carbon Fibre Steering Wheel + LEDS, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, HELE High Emotion Low Emission, AFS Advanced Front Lighting System, High Power Hi-Fi System, Navtrak Anti-Theft System, Tyre Pressure Measurement, Horse Stitched on Headrest in Nero, Giallo Instrument Panel, Rear Wiper, Nero Special Coloured Stitching, 1 Owner from New! Features, Adaptive Suspension, Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Electric Steering Wheel, Launch Control, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, LED Rear Lights, Rain and Light Sensors, Push Button Start, Electric/Dimming/Heated Mirrors, Heated Seats.

    • Mileage: 2835 mi
    • Engine size: 6300
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