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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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  • FERRARI FF

    £199,990 £199,990

    Thermo and sound insulation for windscreen and side windows, Performance Launch control, Key with transponder integrated anti-theft alarm and remote control for opening doors and tailgate. Car will be supplied with a cherished 'FF' registration number.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 12257 mi
    • Engine size: 6.3
    For sale
    £199,990 £199,990
    Dick Lovett-Ferrari - Swindon
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  • Ferrari FF

    £179,995 £179,995

    Verde Mexico Metallic with Nero Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard and Carpets, Verde Stitching and Piping, Quilted Pattern Nero Headlining, 20” Two Tone Diamond Finish Rims with Yellow Brake Callipers, Air Conditioning, Electronic Suspension, CST, Cruise Control, Full Electric Heated Daytona Seats with Driver Memory, Front and Rear Parking Distance Control with Front and Rear Cameras, AFS System, Electro-Chromatic Rear View Mirror, Carbon Fibre Steering Wheel and LED’s, HELE, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Suspension Lifter, Sports Exhaust Pipes, Passenger Display, TPMS, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Satellite Navigation, Premium HIFI System with Single CD Player and Security System with NavTrak.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 4400 mi
    • Engine size: 6.3
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    £179,995 £179,995
  • Ferrari FF

    £139,995 £139,995

    Grigio Silverstone Metallic with Nero Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard and Carpets, Grigio Stitching, Grigio Scuro Piping, Nero Alcantara Headlining, 20” Chrome Finish Forged Rims, Air Conditioning, Electronic Suspension, CST, Cruise Control, Full Electric Heated Seats with Driver Memory, Front and Rear Parking Distance Control, Xenon Headlamps, Internal and External Electro-Chromatic Rear View Mirrors, Giallo Instrumental Panel, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Rear Seat Entertainment, TV Tuner, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Stereo System with CD Player and Security System with NavTrak.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 12600 mi
    • Engine size: 6.3
    For sale
    £139,995 £139,995
  • FERRARI FF

    £229,990 £229,990

    Variant: 'Tailor-Made' We are delighted to present to you a very special car that has just arrived at Dick Lovett Ferrari. This beautiful Ferrari FF has been created using Ferrari's 'Tailor Made' programme which offers clients a mesmerising level of personalisation and customisation. Highlights on this particular car include 'Tudor Oak' wood boot lining, beautifully carved wooden interior details and four layer 'Piano Black' paintwork. This is a fantastic opportunity for somebody to take advantage a very rare specification FF. This car really encapsulates the style and elegance of Italian design, which accompanied by the sheer brilliance of Ferrari’s engineering is truly something special. Please do get in contact with us at the dealership and we will be more than happy to help with any further enquiries.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 6150 mi
    • Engine size: 6.3
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    £229,990 £229,990
  • Ferrari FF

    £164,989 £164,989

    Dual View, Sat Nav, TV, Front and Rear Cameras, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Sports Exhaust, Climate Control, Electric Heated Memory Seats with Lumbar, Contrast Stitching, Scuderia Shields, DAB Radio, Upgraded HiFi, AFS Headlamps, Park Distance Control, Carbon Steering Wheel with LEDs, White Dials, Secrecy Glass, Electric Steering Column, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Folding 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
    For sale
    £164,989 £164,989
  • Ferrari FF

    £149,901 £149,901

    Variant name:FF Coupe ,Variant: 2dr Auto Here we have an incredible 2013 Ferrari FF presented in Tour De France Blue; a very desirable Historical Ferrari colour. On the inside you are greeted with Daytona Style Seats in Tan Leather. The following specification consists of Scuderia Shields £990, Giallo Modena Brake Calipers £864, Steering Wheel LED's £2,922, Ventilates Seats £864, Daytona Style Seats £2,832, Front Parking Sensors £912, Rear Parking Sensors £2,112, Cruise control, Electric boot release, Engine start button, Front and rear parking sensors, Navigation system, Race Manettino, Rear parking camera, Speed sensitive power steering, Auto dimming heated door mirrors, Bi-Xenon headlights, Body colour bumpers, Daytime running lights, Electric front windows, Electrochromic door mirrors, Rain and light sensors, Sound insulating windscreen, Dual zone air conditioning, Electric reach + rake adjustable steering column, Front armrest, Front head restraints, Full electric seats, Heated front seats, Lumbar support, Multifunction steering wheel, Rear armrest, Sports seats, 2 stage front airbags, ABS/EBD, Carbon-Ceramic brakes, Electronic stability control, Retractable side airbag, Traction control, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Anti theft alarm, Navtrak vehicle tracking system, Remote central locking, Transponder key, Adaptive damping system. This Ferrari FF has Full Ferrari Service History at the following intervals. First service carried out on 14/05/2014 at 4977 miles, it had the following service completed;Engine Oil & Filter Change, Pollen Filter Change at Graypaul Birmingham. The second service was completed on 21/07/2015 at 27,195 km having the following service completed, Engine Oil Change at Graypaul Birmingham. The third service was completed on 22/03/2016 at 24,460 miles, having the following service completed, Engine Oil & Filter Change, Pollen Filter change at HR Owen Ferrari London. The fourth service was completed on 21/04/2017 at 27,667 Miles, having the following service completed, Engine Oil & Filter Change, Air Filter Change, Pollen Filter Change, Brake Fluid Change at HR Owen Ferrari London

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    • Engine size: 6.3
    For sale
    £149,901 £149,901