All-Around Rocket
    Category: Forbes Life By : Yessar Rosendar Read : 1219 Date : Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 17:12:33

    Ahmad Zamroni / Forbes Indonesia

    The Ferrari FF is a grand experiment, as it is a four-seater, meant to carry two normal-sized adults in the back seat. It also a four-wheel drive, so the FF, which stands for the “Ferrari Four” has also been dubbed the “fantastic four” because of these dual achievements numbering four. Launched in 2011, the FF is unique in two categories (a four-seater and four-wheel drive).

    The goal of the FF is to be the best of both worlds, appealing as a practical grocery-getter while still being a Ferrari. It's practical side comes in being a grand touring machine (two passengers in the rear or up to 800 liters of luggage space if the rear seat is folded away). It is civilized enough to also easily handle the stop-and-go traffic of Jakarta, so it can be a daily drive. The four-wheel drive means the car can be driven on dirt or other terrains where a regular Ferrari might fear to tread. The sporting side is not spared, as one would expect. The car has a 6.3 liter V12 engine that puts out 650 horsepower, a 8,000 rpm redline and carbon paddleshifters.

    Meeting the car close up one is struck by its length—almost five meters, with the characteristic long hood contrasting with the tall hatchback in the rear. The car we drove came with a panoramic glass roof, which provides a nice view but needs plenty of aircon to keep the cabin from heating up. Inside the cabin, the interior is a combination of fine leather accented with carbon fiber touches. One unique feature is that the front passenger dashboard has a small display to show items such as speed, rpm and the gear being used, so those riding shotgun can better appreciate the car's performance.

    Jakarta's many speed bumps are no problem. The FF is equipped with the third generation magnetic suspension system that can be electronically adjusted every millisecond, five times faster than with conventional shock absorbers, which will also raise the car at speeds below 30 kmh for better ground clearance. Thus the ride quality is similar to that of a luxury sedan, especially when the car is set on the comfort setting (the sport setting gives a harsher ride). The FF won't, however, win any awards for gas mileage.

    The suspension and engine can be put on one of five settings: comfort, sport, ice and wet. The finally setting is “esc off,” which disables all traction and stability control systems. When set at sport, the FF is much like a traditional sports car, with a stiffer ride but offering a much more responsive driving experience. If one mashes the throttle in second gear while in sport mode, the V12 roars as the torque pushes you into the seat, all the way up to redline at 8,000 rpm.