Ferrari FF review: the perfect supercar for an imperfect world

Ferrari FF

For many of us, at least those of us who have reached a certain age, our first experience driving a Ferrari came in the Sega classic Out Run. Just a few arcade tokens earned you the opportunity to race down a perfectly smooth road along a perfectly scenic beach with your perfectly blonde mistress cheering you on from the lone passenger seat. Drifting past slower traffic without crashing wasn’t particularly difficult, but should you manage to hit a palm tree there was still no reason to fret. The car would tumble, safely deposit you and your significant other by the side of the road and then magically re-appear, right-side up and ready to resume.

Things are rather less perfect in the real world, where the roads are rarely smooth and the weather rarely pristine. Likewise, though your passenger may have lustrous blonde hair, you may very well find yourself needing seating for more than two. In this uncomfortably real world we also find ourselves hauling groceries in the back and maybe even some luggage for a long weekend in the country.

Believe it or not, here in the real world there exists a Ferrari that is equally at home screaming around perfectly smooth tracks as it is making its way across cracked and crumbling roads. It has a 651 horsepower V-12, accelerates from 0 – 60 in 3.7 seconds, can take you down the road at 208 MPH, seats four (reasonably) comfortably, and has one of the most technologically advanced transmission and differential setups ever seen in a car. Can it possibly be worth its asking price of $300,000? Put those grubby tokens back in your pocket because we’re going to take this real-world supercar for a spin to find out.

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Green Flag!

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And we’re back! It’s been nearly six years since I put this, my own site, on pause. At the time I was too busy managing dual careers to keep this fresh. Then, once I switched over to Engadget in 2008… well, suddenly I seemed to have no free time at all. If you weren’t familiar with Digital Displacement back in the day, don’t worry. What was then focused almost exclusively on racing games will now be my personal portal for all things I deem worth writing about. Hopefully you’ll find them worth reading about, too.

As to what sort of things you can expect, tech will always be a big focus for me, but there’ll be plenty of diversions into the automotive space along the way — and please don’t hold it against me if I go on a bit about my new-found love for road biking on occasion. Is there something you want me to cover? Drop me a line and I’ll have a look.

As to what I’ve been up to since, well, you know, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling and speaking with a lot of amazing people in a lot of divergent fields. Great conversations, all. What exactly the future holds for me still remains to be seen, but there’s plenty to be excited about.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back with something longer for you to enjoy soon.