In 2011 Ferrari introduced its first four-wheel drive model, the Ferrari FF. The double F moniker signifies the four-seat, four-wheel drive arrangement that underpins the philosophy of this car.
This layout, along with Pininfarina and Flavio Manzoni’s pen, created an unorthodox shooting brake style 2 door hatchback. The practicality, quirkiness, and not to mention it’s explosive power, has garnered the Ferrari FF a solid ownership and fanbase base. In 2016, the FF was succeeded by the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso.
GI Automotive Group here in Beverly Hills has serviced and maintained countless Ferrari’s since opening in 2004.
This Ferrari FF Service Guide will provide owners a detailed guide on the recommended maintenance intervals in order to keep their Prancing Horse in great shape. Preventative maintenance is key in extending the longevity of the vehicle, as well as avoid any costly repairs from neglect.
Ferrari FF: Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch
When the FF debuted in 2011, it was also introduced to the world Ferrari’s new larger 6.3L naturally aspirated 65 degree V12. This new 6.3L engine was an evolution of the 6.0L F140 V12 that is found in the 599 GTB Fiorano. While in the 599 the 6.0L made 612 hp, the new 6.3L makes a monstrous 650 hp at a hair-raising 8,000 rpm, with peak torque up 56 lb-ft, now totalling 504 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm.
The Ferrari FF is also unique due to the four wheel drive system that Ferrari has engineered, known as 4RM. The FF uses a similar 7-speed dual clutch transmission to the 458 Italia and the F12 Berlinetta.
However, it also utilizes a simplified secondary gearbox that attaches to the front of the engine. This secondary gearbox has only two forward gears and one reverse, and is only activated 1st through 4th gears (main gearbox). The 4RM system fluids should be checked every 2 years, regardless of mileage.
Ferrari FF Service Guide maintenance intervals:
Annual Maintenance (Every 12 months OR 12,500 miles, whichever comes first)
- Scheduled to be performed every 12 months and it is for vehicles that are generally driven less than 12,500 miles per year.
- Engine Oil (replace)
- Engine Oil Filter (replace)
- Pollen Filter (replace)
- Air Filter (replace)
- General checks
Bi-Annual Maintenance (Every 2 years, regardless of mileage)
- Brake System Fluid (replace)
- Air Filter (replace)
- Auxiliary Belts (replace)
- 4RM oil (check, replace if necessary)
Every 37,500 miles (Or 4 years, whichever comes first)
- Spark Plugs (replace)
- Auxiliary Belts (replace)
Every 62,500 miles
- Gearbox Oil (replace)
- Hydraulic Steering Oil (replace)
Every 80,000 miles
- Oxygen sensors (replace)
Every 100,000 miles
- Catalytic Convertors (replace)
- Fuel Injectors (replace)
In order to make sure that all components are working as they should, a visual inspection of the entire vehicle during each and every service. This includes inspecting for any leaks or accelerated wear and tear.
Ferrari FF: Brakes, Rotors, Pads & Fluid
650 ferocious horsepower, coupled with a not-so-feather light 1,885 kg curb weight, means that strong brakes had to be engineered in to achieve the sporting credentials Ferrari has been known for.
The Ferrari FF comes with a massive set of 398 mm rotors up front and 360 mm rotors in the rear. Rotor and brake pad wear will vary based on driving conditions and driving style.
The harder someone is on their brakes, the more frequently they must be changed. This is why it is important to inspect the brake wear at each service interval. Brake fluid must be changed every 2 years to ensure that the system isn’t contaminated with moisture, air, or dirt.
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Ferrari FF: Tires, Suspension & Alignment
Tires are also wearable items that need to be checked at every service interval. Unfortunately, many owners tend to ignore their tires. As they are the only part of your vehicle that are in contact with the ground, they affect handling, acceleration, braking, and crucially, safety. Wear will vary depending on driving conditions, driving style, and whether or not the vehicle is all-wheel drive or not.
Ferrari FF OEM Tire Size:
Ferrari FF OEM FRONT TIRES: 245/35/ZR20
Ferrari FF OEM REAR TIRES: 295/35/ZR20
GI Automotive carries a wide selection of road and track Ferrari FF tires on stock and available to order. A consultation is available to determine which tire is best for your individual driving needs.
Alignment can seriously affect both tire wear as well as the handling characteristics of a car. Therefore, it is imperative that the alignment is checked on a regular basis. The Ferrari FF Service Guide recommends checking camber, castor, and toe for tolerances within factory specification, or a custom specification if deemed necessary.
The suspension’s job is to not only keep a comfortable ride; it is also to provide optimal handling characteristics. Properly functioning suspension will keep alignment within specification in a straight line as well as in the corners. Moreover, this keeps the tires from wearing unevenly. At each service interval, it is recommended to check the suspension components for any squeaks, rattles, leakage, or play.