Usually when people become parents, they hand over the keys to their sports car, resign themselves to the dreaded minivan or station wagon, and wait the 20+ years until their midlife crisis finally gives them the green light to buy that 6-cylinder, 2-seater they had to give up in the first place. It’s part of the deal—when you are a parent, you do the responsible thing, and there is nothing responsible about having a sports car when your children are in diapers. You just don’t do it.
But these days, it’s definitely possible to have your cake and eat it, too—especially if you have money. And for those of you who want a sports car, but need a four-seater, and are willing to fork over around $800,000, there is a car waiting for you—the 2012 Ferrari FF.
The FF (which stands for “Ferrari Four,” in reference to the fact that all four wheels are driven) has an all-wheel drive system that claims to be 50 percent lighter than other systems, though the company has not released any specifics on how this was achieved. The total weight of the car is slightly under 4,000 pounds, which is pretty amazing considering the power and size of the vehicle.
The vehicle’s shape and drivetrain may be unusual, but the engine—a 6.2-liter, V12 powertrain with 651 horsepower at 8,000 rpm—is pure Ferrari. With a dual-cultch transmission, the vehicle can go from 0 to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds, which is exactly what you need when trying to beat everybody out of the parking lot after a soccer game. The top speed—208 mph—is sure to make every other parent jealous. As expected, its fuel efficiency is quite low at 15.3 mpg in European standards, which are considerably more optimistic than American standards, but a hybrid version doesn’t seem too far off.
All in all, the new FF claims to be a decisive break with the past. According to its press release, "the new car represents not so much an evolution as a true revolution," and is designed to cater to wealthy owners who want to use their Ferrari more often. The vehicle comfortably seats four with room for luggage. According to spokesman, Edward Rowe, the FF is “fully capable of going to a high-speed performance day and then take you and your family and skis in the car down to the snow for a ski weekend. This illustrates the enormous breadth and ability of this car."
The new FF is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will be available for sale by the end of 2011, which gives you plenty of time to start saving!