Can two decades really have passed since Jaguar stunned the motoring world with its XJ220 supercar?
Mechanically, the FF, with its innovative approach to on-demand all-wheel-drive, is everything you would expect from Ferrari. Should Ferrari have built such an all-season GT entry? It’s a debate that will go on in Ferrari circles for some time.
Time to disrupt the sleeping leaves
Wrapping one’s fingers around the Alcantara steering wheel of the V12 Vantage reminds a person that being the fastest isn’t always the most enjoyable thing to do in an sporting automobile. Sure, performance has its place, and the Vantage has far more than most. But what it really has is Sunday morning.
It’s that time at early sunrise when everyone is elsewhere. The roads are littered with leaves undisturbed from having fallen the night before. It’s a time to go out and enjoy something vivacious and loud. To disrupt the sleeping leaves.
Video of the new Ferrari FF in action, showing this really is an all-weather, all-wheel-drive Ferrari.
Better in blue?
What the shape lacks in traditional Ferrari sexiness, it makes up in attention to detail, both inside and out. It truly is a car that looks better in person than in photographs.
The Mazda grin or something more sinister?
The 2012 Ferrari FF, despite its larger passenger cabin, is still a quick, nimble GT that has lost none of alacrity of the 612 Scaglietti it replaces. The factory reports that 0-100 km/h (62 mph) comes up in 3.7 sec. and that the car tops out at 208 mph.
Golden eye: An early production version of the SSC Ultimate Aero - about the only vehicle on the planet that can go gunning for Bugatti Veyrons.
Driving Nirvana, the Ferrari 458 Italia
It’s not the Ferrari’s smooth ride, lurch-free dual-clutch gearbox, comfortable seats and superior outward vision that win us over. It’s the way in which the 458 responds instantly to every steering, brake or throttle input on a twisty road—man and machine become one, and it’s a nirvana driving experience if there ever was one.