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The Italian Job

by Nate Chapnick | Men's Book Chicago magazine | July 10, 2012

A Ferrari as your everyday ride? Sounds like a pipe dream, but with the arrival of the FF, Ferrari’s first all-wheel-drive supercar, the rules have changed. This day-to-day thrill machine is powered by a spine-tingling 6.3-liter V12 engine. Pull into a Whole Foods’ parking lot and the FF’s high-pitched engine note—not unlike an F1 race car—stops shoppers dead in their tracks, stunned as they gaze at your symphony on wheels. Zero to 60 mph takes a mere 3.6 seconds, but stay on the gas and the FF tops out at an insane 208 mph. Despite the FF’s exotic credentials, its practical versatility (folding rear seats, all-wheel drive, height-adjustable suspension) make this Ferrari one to bring on home for keeps. Step inside as we bring you an exclusive look at the $295,000 Ferrari FF.

Gauge Cluster
Inspired by Ferrari’s F1 racing division, a prominent yellow rev gauge is framed by two 5-inch multifunction LCD screens. The screens display speed, images from the front and rear parking cameras and a variety of infotainment and vehicle information.

Steering Wheel
Probably the best steering wheel ever created (just sayin’), this three-spoke wonder is a delight to behold, and the white-cross stitching is a treat for the eyes. The “Manettino” is the shiny red knob on the steering wheel that instantly changes the driving characteristics of your FF. Ferrari is so keen on keeping your hands on the steering wheel that they replaced traditional blinker stalks with buttons—even the controls for the windshield wipers are on the wheel.

Navigation
The 6.5-inch touch screen is shared with Jeep’s Grand Cherokee and also seen on other Chrysler models, but it’s easy to use and provides iPod connectivity.

Center Stack
Dual automatic climate control and available heated and ventilated front seats keep everyone happy. Three tubular air vents sit high on the dash and mimic the FF’s round rear tail lamps.

Lower Console
Gorgeous Italian leather with white contrast stitching covers nearly every surface of the FF. Arching leather grab handles frame the aluminum-trimmed gear selector, which sits floating above the lower console.

Door Panel
Deep, well padded armrests are covered in sumptuous leather and sport these trick aluminum door handles that open upward when you’re ready to exit.

Passenger Side
An optional Emotion Display Screen replaces this storage area when selected, letting passengers get in on the fun by providing them with information on the FF’s rpms, speed, mileage and other vehicle data.