It’s pretty unlikely that anyone has read through a copy of Consumer Reports and decided on a Ferrari. The company specializes in cars that transcend subjective measures, appealing directly to emotion. Buyers look beyond practicality because, well, it’s a Ferrari and, once you crack the throttle for the first time, issues like storage space and cup holders go right out the window. While trading standard creature comforts for mind-blowing performance is a pretty common idea in the automotive world, this showroom-new 2012 Ferrari FF is proof that you don’t have to choose anymore. It’s a full-blown 651hp canyon carver that does everything you would expect a Ferrari to. It also has cruise control, air conditioning, seating for four adults, and more rear storage space than a Porsche Panamera (with the seats up, anyway). The car sold new for a whopping $377,135 and just 5,996 miles later, it presents the chance to own the world’s fastest 4-seater at a tremendous value.
Ferrari began taking obvious steps towards a more user-friendly car with the introduction of the 612 Scaglietti in 2004. It was a true 2+2 model with plenty of amenities and room for four adults. By 2011, the 612 was replaced with the FF which shared more than a few design cues with its predecessor. The car was heralded, among other things, as the return of the shooting brake. The engine sits behind the front axle, allowing for the long sleek snout while a sloped wagon-esque roofline gives the car its dramatic proportions. The overall profile is long, low, and brings to mind many of the usual descriptors for a Pininfarina design. A nearly flawless coat of silver graces the Italian lines, protected up front by a clear bra. Fit and finish is exactly what you would expect from a late-model Ferrari – spectacular.
While the FF’s overall shape is certainly noteworthy, walking around the car reinforces just how interesting the design is - from nearly every angle, the car shows a different personality. Standing face-to-face with the FF, its front view is surprisingly aggressive. Low slung air ducts sit on either side of an open grille accented by a chrome prancing horse emblem. From the front, the headlights look angled and angry while, from the side, their extension onto the fenders adds a sense of motion to the long front end. The front half of the profile is filled in with fender vents, small alcoves, and comparatively large Ferrari shields while subtle door handles and exaggerated rear quarter lines finish off the graceful side view. As a new car, items like glass are obviously pristine. From the back, the FF borrows a few moves from the 599 playbook. The single round taillights are there, deeply inset into the quarters. In the center, another prancing horse centers above the license plate recess. Twin exhaust tips protrude from beneath either side of the car while the fascia rises in the center. Despite their differences, all angles manage to work in harmony under one shared vision.
It wasn’t that long ago when American automakers were fighting to achieve the coveted 1hp per cubic inch mark. With its DOHC 48-valve 6.3L V12 the FF manages to nearly double that figure, producing 1.7hp per cubic inch for a total of 651hp and 503 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers do more than look good on a spec sheet – they facilitate 3.5 second 0-60 sprints, 11.5 second quarter miles runs, and a 208 mph top speed. At the core is a new aluminum block developed for the FF that shares both its 65-degree V angle and bore spacing with its Enzo and 599 siblings. Paired with 12.3:1 compression and direct injection, throttle response is instantaneous all the way to 8,000 rpm. Ferraris are known for producing some of the most memorable exhaust notes on the planet and, thanks to six-into-one headers, you won’t miss a second of the FF’s glorious noise. With just 5,996 original miles, the engine compartment presents as new and has seen just one service appointment at Foreign Cars Italia in Greensboro, NC.
Underneath the car, an impressive combination of hardware and technology combine to create the kind of driving experience Ferrari built their reputation around. The biggest news is the revolutionary 4RM four-wheel drive system that translates the V12''s power to the ground. You won’t find a center differential or transfer case under here. Instead, the FF utilizes a two-speed gearbox in the front and a seven-speed variant in the rear. The front is geared to align with the first four gears of the rear transmission, meaning the four-wheel drive system is only engaged for the first four of seven gears. From there, torque is sent solely to the rear wheels. That power is channeled through a paddle-shifted seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that gives users the option to shift on their own or let the Ferrari controls take over. Steering is quick and precise; taking just 2.3 turns lock-to-lock. Braking is equally capable thanks to third-generation Brembo carbon-ceramic discs at all four corners. Ferrari wheels are always a highpoint and the 20-inch sport wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sports certainly finish this FF with style.
The 612 Scaglietti, was touted as being an unusually comfortable and easygoing Ferrari. The FF took that characteristic and ran with it, offering room for four adults within a relatively spacious cabin. Front seating is provided by a pair of heated 14-way adjustable Recaro buckets that memorize height, lumbar, and tilt settings. The rear offers a 40/20/40 setup with plenty of headroom above. Both rows are covered in a diamond stitched pattern that’s mirrored on the headliner. From the driver seat, factory instrumentation includes a large center-mounted tachometer flanked by two high-resolution LCDs. The right display serves dual purposes as both the speedometer and the screen for the back-up camera. The left display shows accessory dials, navigation and trip information, and any warning lights. As with most high-end cars, the steering wheel hosts controls for everything from cruise control to suspension settings, keeping everything within easy reach. Passengers are kept in the loop thanks to a dash-mounted screen that displays speed or trip information. The stock entertainment system has been upgraded with an Alpine head unit, paired with Alpine monitors in the headrest. While we’re talking about rear-seat entertainment, it’s probably a good time to bring up another word rarely associated with Ferrari – storage. Pop the hatch to find 16 cubic feet of space without even putting the rear seats down. This is truly the best of both worlds.
As a year-old car, all the original warranty booklets and user manuals are included. You’ll also find a copy of the vehicle invoice as well as receipts from Foreign Cars Italia that documents its one and only service trip.
Finding a low-mileage Ferrari isn’t so out of the ordinary, but one as versatile as the FF certainly is. The 651hp and 7-speed gearbox is sure to keep you entertained and, best of all, you can take multiple friends along for the ride. So, how about it? Are you ready for supercar power, all-day comfort, and everyday functionality? This ultra-clean 2012 Ferrari FF might be the perfect answer.