Vital Stats

Engine:
6.3L V12
Power:
651 HP / 504 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed DCT
0-60 Time:
3.5 Seconds (est.)
Top Speed:
205 MPH
Drivetrain:
Four-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,145 LBS
Seating:
2+2
MPG:
11 City / 17 HWY
Base Price:
$295,000
Ferrari announced a panoramic roof option for its all-wheel drive FF at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, promising the new full-length glass panel would offer its well-heeled clientele "a genuine open-air driving feeling, while providing thermal and acoustic insulation." That statement was intriguing, as my experience with glass roofs usually ends abruptly after I close the opaque shade - as a Southern Californian, I always find tinted glass panels too hot during the day and too cold at night.

While the FF I reviewed in August was fitted with a solid aluminum roof, I was fortunate to catch up with a brand-new silver Ferrari FF (it only had about 160 miles on the odometer) with the optional panoramic roof (a $17,666 upgrade) at the Formula One race at Circuit of the Americas just last month. It was my lucky day, as I was about to spend about six hours with the four-place Italian, blissfully enjoying it during the warm day until long after the sun had set on the Texas horizon.

Driving Notes
  • Unlike the electrochromatic sunroof Ferrari offered on its 612 Scaglietti a few years ago (which was able to vary the amount of light coming through its panel into the cabin with an electronically reactive color-changing gel sandwiched between its panels), the large glass roof on the FF does not utilize an electrical current to work. Instead, it employs a special reflective glass (LowE) that is coated during manufacturing to permanently minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that passes through. While the special glass blocks the invisible light that heats your skin and warms the cabin uncomfortably on hot summer days, it still allows visible light to pass through so the cabin stays bright. As an added benefit, the LowE glass has insulating properties, keeping temperatures from passing from one side to the other in extreme climates.
  • While most automakers split their panoramic roofs into two or more panels, Ferrari has elected to go with one very large single piece of glass. The glass is fixed, meaning it does not pop-up or slide back, and it extends from the edge of the glass windshield rearward to the end of the roof. A small aluminum panel, about five inches wide and serving as a base for the satellite radio antennae, separates it from the glass rear window. The panel is offered in both body colors (as was the case on my silver test car) or painted black (as we saw in the first press release). After seeing both, I prefer it painted black, as the panel visually disappears and blends into the glass on either side.
  • The FF's panoramic roof appears slightly reflective and dark from the outside, but the view from the inside is much lighter both day and night. The driver and front passenger enjoy the open cabin (the glass panel actually provides more head clearance), but their forward seating position means a glance upward still means looking at the opaque windshield header. Interestingly enough, the panoramic roof is actually better taken in the from the rear seats, where the view is unrestricted, expansive and rather dramatic. The clear roof visually opens up the cabin, giving the illusion that it is larger inside. After experiencing it during the day, evening and night, I couldn't find any faults. The new panoramic roof is not just a no-compromise improvement - it's a must-have upgrade.
  • Thankfully, swapping a large aluminum panel for glass doesn't noticeably affect performance. The spectacular hand-assembled 6.3-liter V12 screams every bit as loudly, maybe even a bit more, with the new roof. The all-wheel drive FF remains a driver's car, with wickedly quick steering, strong brakes and more cornering grip than most passengers will tolerate. Only a short list of vehicles can best its exotic acceleration, and none of those will offer as much comfort when stuck in gridlock traffic.
  • My car was loaded to the sills with more than $70,000 worth of options, which isn't uncommon on a Ferrari. The list including the aforementioned roof, range-topping carbon-fiber steering wheel with LED tach, diamond-quilted leather and the carbon interior package.
  • One final observation: A single afternoon with Ferrari's unusual FF is simply too short.


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      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      King of hot hatches
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know it is a kind of sports car heresy, but I like the FF. Of course, I'll never be able to afford one unless I win Powerball...
      HAL
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, that roof is pretty awesome. I'd take that option. Sure would love to take a trip (and own) one of these!
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      The long nose/hatch reminds me of the Z3 coupe.
      Patrick F
      • 1 Year Ago
      One thing that's always bothered me about the autoblog articles is the photographs of the cars. Why are you showing us close ups of the brake calipers? The Ferrari logo? I KNOW what the Ferrari logo looks like. What I want to see is clear, close up views of the instrument panels, interior, engine (and not the painted block with "Ferrari" on it). Let's see the beauty in the details that most of us will never get to see in real life!
        Michael Harley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Patrick F
        Noted. I'll also focus on those in my next review. Thanks for the feedback. - Mike
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Ferrari FF is my favorite exotic car... not counting the Pagani Zonda 760RS and the Mclaren F1 LM of course!
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, this is really really nice. This might be the one Ferrari that I would break my "no manual. no sale" rule with. You know, going on the assumption that I could afford it. Love the understated silver color too. This is one brand where going silver is a good thing.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      This olwrench is a fan of clean ,smooth & flowing , so except for the religious roof , it gets my vote as the prancing horse at it's very best.
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      Such a beauty.
      zepeda1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a fan of the color or the rims, but otherwise this is a great looking car.
      Blaze
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car is so much more attractive in real life.
      Thunderbuck
      • 1 Year Ago
      I personally LOVE the FF, and see it as the most innovative model from Ferrari in decades.
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