Even the FFs’ cabin exudes a unique allure. It is extremely comfortable and enticing with elegant, sophisticated trim and detailing, creating an impression of subtle exclusivity. The FF has the best cabin space and occupant comfort in the segment, thanks to four generous body-hugging seats that ensure each of the FF’s four occupants will enjoy the same standards of ride comfort and access to the on-board equipment. The boot size is unprecedented for this kind of car: 450 litres. However, it is also extremely versatile as both rear seats can fold down separately, upping its volume to over 800 litres. This means, for example, that four occupants can take four standard-size trolley cases, two golf bags or two children’s strollers with them. The central section of the rear seat can also be folded down to accommodate particularly bulky items such as a large golf bag or two pairs of skis. In other words, four people can go away in the FF for a long weekend break in complete comfort. By simply folding down one or both of the rear seats, however, luggage space and versatility increases and two occupants could easily enjoy a month-long road trip in the car. In its two-seater configuration, the FF can be used to stow any kind of hobby or leisure activity equipment imaginable, including two full sets of diving gear or sailing kits, for instance. This really is the most accommodating car one could desire – the front seats comfortably accommodate taller occupants up to and over 1.95 cm (just under 6 ft 4.7 in.) and up to 185 cm (6 ft 1 in.) in the rear. And they’ll be as comfortable as in their own lounge. The big difference being, of course, that sitting in a comfortable chair beside a roaring fire, they won’t be able to power along at up to 335 km/h. The FF is a car that makes driver and passengers alike feel very much at home. Its cabin also includes no less than 20 litres of smaller storage compartments for the kinds of odds and ends occupants might like to bring with them on longer trips. There is dual-zone climate control too for added comfort, and all four occupants have a generous number of independently adjustable air vents at their disposal. For the first time the front seat passenger will also be intensely involved in the driving experience as a new front emotion display screen can be ordered as an optional extra. Like the instrument panel, this shows the car’s speed, rpm and gear as well as journey travel time and mileage, average speed, top speed reached, and Manettino setting selected. If ordered, the display is fitted into an enclosed section with a USB connection that can be used to charge smart phones or connect their own multimedia devices to the onboard infotainment system.
There are also plenty of entertainment features that can be ordered as optionals to keep rear seat passengers amused on long journeys. The rear seat infotainment system has remote control, two sets of cordless headphones, a 6-DVD player, a digital terrestrial TV tuner and audio/video input for multimedia devices. Owners may also upgrade from the already excellent standard onboard stereo system which has a 640 watt 9-channel amp to a truly spectacular system with a high efficiency 1,280 watt 16-channel stereo system with QuantumLogic® Surround Sound. The independent, high-containment seats easily accommodate four adults, all of whom enjoy the same space and comfort features. The front seats are electric and can be adjusted to adapt to differing body sizes and driving conditions using the electrohydraulic side and lumbar controls and memory settings. They can also be heated or ventilated (each to three levels).
Once behind the wheel, the driver will feel instantly at one with his or her car. Years of research by Maranello’s engineers, Ferrari’s track experience and on-going dialogue with its F1 drivers who have driven the cars to victory around the world have enabled the company to hone each individual detail and refine every area of ergonomics to ensure that the driver remains perfectly at ease regardless of whether he is simply out for a relaxing Sunday spin, or clocking up the laps on the track. This is what Ferrari calls the Man-Machine Interface, the effortless melding of man and car. Every single control and all the car’s main functional data are instantly to eye and hand at all times and in all conditions. In fact, because they are ergonomically positioned on the steering wheel, the main controls feel like a natural extension of the driver’s hands, obviating the need to lift his or her hands off the rim when shifting gears or when making any other adjustment to the car’s systems. Aside from the Manettino, which offers a choice of five different vehicle dynamics settings, the steering wheel also features the engine Start button, indicators, the two F1 gear-shifting paddles (Up and Down), the suspension decoupling button to decouple shock absorber settings from the other manettino configurations for softer damping on uneven surfaces, and windscreen wiper controls.
The new instrument panel features the traditional rev counter, which also tells the driver what gear the car is in, set between two high-resolution 5” displays. The left-hand display lists the main vehicle status data as well as VDA (Vehicle Dynamic Assistance) output which shows the controls active in any given Manettino setting. Trip computer and parking sensor information are also featured. The right-hand display shows the speedometer (a choice of analogue or digital readout), the main infotainment data and images from the front and rear parking cameras. There satellite pod to the left of the steering wheel manages the on-board instrument panel, itself located directly in front of the driver. The centre console houses the F1 panel and its dynamic controls: the Launch Control button which sends maximum torque to the ground for spin-free, high-performance starts in all conditions, including snow and ice; reverse, and the Auto button to put the gearbox in automatic. The FF’s new infotainment system is the result of an evolution of the Man-Machine Interface. It features: a 6.5”, high-contrast display with touch screen control; a Bluetooth connection with Audio Streaming, to allow occupants to wirelessly listen to music from their own multimedia devices; a sat nav with maps and 3D views; voice command function; two USB connections; and a display with alphanumeric keypad for phone dialling. It is also fully compatible with new-generation iPods and iPhones. The main functions are available either at the touch of a fingertip or through voice commands: drivers can simply order the system to make a telephone call or select a predetermined road route. The display graphics have been completely redesigned to make them user- and reader-friendly. All of which makes the FF feel very much like home. Except a little faster, of course…Just a little.