The FF doesn’t feel as insanely ballistic as a 599 GTB in the lower gears, but in third and above it’s mighty, and since 80 per cent of the engine’s 504lb ft of torque is available from 1750rpm, it feels every bit as effortless as a serious GT should.
Consequently the 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in just 3.7sec, and the FF can power on to a top speed of 208mph. More impressively, against the clock the FF accelerates from 0-124mph in 11.0sec, exactly matching Ferrari’s claims for the 599 GTB – despite that car’s superior power-to-weight ratio.
In part, this can be explained by the FF’s seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, but also its superior traction.
And in real-world use, on anything but completely dry roads, the FF is likely to be the significantly quicker car. The engine delivers 80 per cent of its torque from as low as 1750rpm, making it remarkably tractable.
While from a refinement perspective the four-wheel drive engages imperceptibly (a tell-tale dash graphic displays when the front axle is being called upon), the effect on the cornering behaviour can be felt.
Through fast corners the FF retains the sense of being rear driven, but in slow to medium-speed bends – just at the point where the FF is about to transition into oversteer – the front drive intervenes and there is a sense that the FF is being pulled as well as pushed.
The result is that, for a 651bhp car, it comes with remarkably little intimidation, just the ability to dispense its performance potential extremely effectively. For a GT car that makes sense, as does the fact that the 4WD system means the FF needn’t be sidelined during the winter.