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slarti650

Original Poster:

1,813 posts

104 months

Saturday 29th December 2018
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Spent the day driving an FF. What a monumentally epic car!!!! That's all.


MDL111

4,124 posts

127 months

Sunday 30th December 2018
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Imo might be overall the best car ever - so useable and still special. That engine is a peach and the 4wd is surprisingly efficient/have not managed to get it stuck yet. Quite nimble for its size and weight too. I love mine (even if Ferrari and Brembo used cheap screws, mesh and fixings and it all rusts unfortunately)

ThePackMan

70 posts

16 months

Sunday 30th December 2018
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The FF is a great car, I’ve had two. But the step up to the V12 GTC Lusso is really significant. Especially the interior and handling due to the 4WS. Better at slow and fast speeds. The GTC also feels much better built, they got rid of a lot of electrical quirks and gremlins from the FF too. Just recently had it lowered a touch and wheels widened, it’s made the handling even better and looks a lot more aggressive on the road. For my preference I can’t imagine a better car with 4 seats.

MDL111

4,124 posts

127 months

Sunday 30th December 2018
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ThePackMan said:
The FF is a great car, I’ve had two. But the step up to the V12 GTC Lusso is really significant. Especially the interior and handling due to the 4WS. Better at slow and fast speeds. The GTC also feels much better built, they got rid of a lot of electrical quirks and gremlins from the FF too. Just recently had it lowered a touch and wheels widened, it’s made the handling even better and looks a lot more aggressive on the road. For my preference I can’t imagine a better car with 4 seats.
Any chance you have driven it on salt for a season or two already and have input on if it rusts?
I prefer the exterior of the FF, but the Lusso is certainly very nice

ThePackMan

70 posts

16 months

Sunday 30th December 2018
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No. To be honest it’s not my main car, so I don’t drive it every day, therefore I’ve not given it serious winter use. Although, I did use my FF pretty much the same and that did show more signs of visible erosion than the GTC. Not so much rust, more aluminium anodising etc. If you can stretch to a GTC id really recommend it. Rear of the exterior is much better than the FF in my opinion. parked next to an 812 super fast it’s pretty much the same car from the rear.

MDL111

4,124 posts

127 months

Sunday 30th December 2018
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ThePackMan said:
No. To be honest it’s not my main car, so I don’t drive it every day, therefore I’ve not given it serious winter use. Although, I did use my FF pretty much the same and that did show more signs of visible erosion than the GTC. Not so much rust, more aluminium anodising etc. If you can stretch to a GTC id really recommend it. Rear of the exterior is much better than the FF in my opinion. parked next to an 812 super fast it’s pretty much the same car from the rear.
Ok thanks - I will see how it looks after this season - which will be its third winter in my ownership. I might get a GTC when the FF has to retire from daily duty, hopefully not for another few years. I prefer the FF rear (owned a Z3 M Coupe when I was young ....), having said that I also like the Lusso - esp the front. Both great cars and imo the best daily driver imaginable (a bigger petrol tank would be nice, but then there wouldn’t be boot space left ....)

DeltaOne

527 posts

163 months

Sunday 30th December 2018
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ThePackMan said:
The FF is a great car, I’ve had two. But the step up to the V12 GTC Lusso is really significant. Especially the interior and handling due to the 4WS. Better at slow and fast speeds. The GTC also feels much better built, they got rid of a lot of electrical quirks and gremlins from the FF too. Just recently had it lowered a touch and wheels widened, it’s made the handling even better and looks a lot more aggressive on the road. For my preference I can’t imagine a better car with 4 seats.
Have to agree with that. Had an FF when they first came out, didn’t keep that long as enjoyed it but didn’t properly tick any of the boxes I was looking for really. Recently bought a V12 Lusso and it really is a different proposition. Handling feels better for sure, engine is simply fantastic, and internally they’ve made it more liveable by sorting out the pretty useless infotainment that the FF had (and that all the recent Ferraris have had). I have teenage kids and they can fit comfortably in the back. Probably won’t take it on longer journeys, but for shorter ones its just superb in every respect

slarti650

Original Poster:

1,813 posts

104 months

Monday 31st December 2018
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The lusso has a nicer rear but they've spoiled the front imho. The lusso also feels less aggressive to drive for some reason although not spent any serious time with one. More to the point for me though is that i can't justify the extra 100k for a lusso - I'd rather keep one or two other supercars in the garage for the moment. Been driving the FF every day. Can't believe if didn't get one sooner.

seawise

1,544 posts

156 months

Monday 31st December 2018
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slarti650 said:
Been driving the FF every day. Can't believe if didn't get one sooner.
that's what I found when I had one - bought new as a 3rd car to scratch an itch, but I couldn't stop using it as it fitted into my life so well. I ended up putting almost 10,000 miles on it in just over 12 months, which is a pretty expensive exercise in at least two aspects with a V-12 Ferrari. replaced it with an F12 as I reckoned I wouldn't be able to use one of those so much, but even that car I have exceeded the self imposed mileage budget.

the FF and GTC4L are truly exceptional motorcars.

JimmyA

21 posts

17 months

Thursday 7th February 2019
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Been re-reading all the FF related threads on here recently. Making me even more excited about taking delivery of mine two weeks tomorrow. Obligatory pics to follow.

slarti650

Original Poster:

1,813 posts

104 months

Sunday 10th February 2019
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You won't be disappointed. Still driving mine and neglecting all the others

JimmyA

21 posts

17 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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Good to hear! Just seen mine has had a cameo appearance in TGE’s latest F12 vid too. Can’t wait to get my hands on it! 11 days, ugh.

R5OHH

48 posts

75 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Is it the black and crema car Jimmy? That was superb value if so..

JimmyA

21 posts

17 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Yeah, that’s the one. Been looking for a good while now and that ticked all my boxes; plus decent value I thought for the mileage vs. some of the others out there.

JimmyA

21 posts

17 months

Friday 22nd February 2019
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Oh happy happy days!! Obligatory collection pic...

andrewp88

41 posts

108 months

Monday 18th March 2019
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Hello

I bought a 2015 FF last year, and after a winter of little use, it is time to start using it again.
Please could people answer a few questions?

It needs some new tyres; do people prefer Michelins over Pirellis? Tramlining on current, albeit 4-5mm Pirellis is quite bad.

I find the brakes less than inspiring...both in feel and stopping power; am I expecting too much from a 2 tonne car? I did send it back to the dealer and they bled the system and pronounced it ok.

When maintaining the battery through the cigarette lighter socket, the ignition needs to be on. Is there another socket that I haven't found?

Thankyou in advance.

What a lovely car it is; that engine...magnificent.

MDL111

4,124 posts

127 months

Tuesday 19th March 2019
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andrewp88 said:
Hello

I bought a 2015 FF last year, and after a winter of little use, it is time to start using it again.
Please could people answer a few questions?

It needs some new tyres; do people prefer Michelins over Pirellis? Tramlining on current, albeit 4-5mm Pirellis is quite bad.

I find the brakes less than inspiring...both in feel and stopping power; am I expecting too much from a 2 tonne car? I did send it back to the dealer and they bled the system and pronounced it ok.

When maintaining the battery through the cigarette lighter socket, the ignition needs to be on. Is there another socket that I haven't found?

Thankyou in advance.

What a lovely car it is; that engine...magnificent.
Mine is on Michelins during summer and I quite like them. Have not had the Pirellis, so can't opine on the difference.

I find the brakes quite good once warm, it does not brake as well as a 1.5 tonne car but imo still very well. I drive a lot on the Autobahn, so plenty of hard braking at very high speeds.

There is a socket in the trunk on the right side under the panel for the Ferrari charger (mine is a 2012, but assume they did not move that one). The newest cars have one outside at the rear, but I believe that change was only made for the Lusso.

I love mine - drove c 3,500km last week. Great comfortable car to cross countries/continents

ANOpax

151 posts

116 months

Tuesday 19th March 2019
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To answer your questions; (oops - looks like MDL111 beat me to it!)

1. Tyres - Michelin PS4 are reported to solve the tramlining problem although I have no personal experience of this.

2. Brakes. The bite point is quite high on the pedal travel and quite sudden on mine. Takes a few minutes to reacquaint myself with it after I've been driving other cars.

3. Charging. The charge port location depends on model year. Early cars have it in the boot on the right hand side. Later cars (which I suspect applies to you) have a contact point to the left of the rear number plate lights. In both cases, the charge plug is of a special design - you definitely don't charge via a standard cigarette plug.

Sign up to Ferrarichat and take a look at the photos in this thread https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/ff-batte...




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Edited by ANOpax on Tuesday 19th March 09:19

andrewp88

41 posts

108 months

Tuesday 19th March 2019
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Many thanks for your help; much appreciated.

I will have the brakes checked again as they lack bite and make me leave a larger than usual gap to the car in front when on a motorway-not that that's a bad thing!

MDL111

4,124 posts

127 months

Tuesday 19th March 2019
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andrewp88 said:
Many thanks for your help; much appreciated.

I will have the brakes checked again as they lack bite and make me leave a larger than usual gap to the car in front when on a motorway-not that that's a bad thing!
That does not sound normal unless your point of reference is a much lighter car with similar sized brakes