Ferrari FF, Meet World. World, Ferrari’s First-Ever AWD

Bloomberg — April 6, 2011

Ferrari keeps its secrets better than a Cold War spy agency. No one saw the radically-shaped, two-door, four-seat Ferrari Four coming.

It broke cover in late January, along with the news that it would be the company’s first-ever all-wheel-drive.

Two months later, I’m tucked behind the wheel of the $300,000 FF, testing its V-12-powered moves deep in the Dolomite mountains of northern Italy. Talk about a happy turn of events.

Painted a luminous blue, my Ferrari is tackling a series of thickly stacked switchbacks, white snow spilling onto the asphalt on both sides. Continue reading…

Motoring Italy in the New $220,000 Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 in all its glory

The security gate snaps out of the way and I fulfill a dream: I pull a blood-red Ferrari out of the entrance of the Ferrari factory. Better, it’s the new 458 Italia, the successor to the immensely popular F430 sports car.

Almost nobody has driven the mid-engine monster, and fewer still have motored out of the same entrance where founder Enzo Ferrari himself, wearing an ill-fitting suit, arrived every morning, to be met by a dog named Dick.

Still, the village of Maranello, west of Bologna, is less romantic than I’d imagined. It is dominated by the car factory and tourism amounts to entrepreneurs selling rides in rag-tag Ferraris and pizza restaurants festooned with the Ferrari logo.

Maranello, Italy — home of the prancing stallion

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What’s It Really Like to Drive a Ferrari?

[A mighty Ferrari F430, getting, um serviced. Shot by Joshua Paul.] 

I pretty much stumbled into writing about cars when I was an editor at Gear Magazine, and they needed to somebody to edit the car section. A lucky, lucky thing. Several years ago, I wrote this piece about living out the fantasy of many a guy: Driving a Ferrari. I’ve driven lots since, but I don’t think I’ve written anything since that’s so well captured the excitement of sending a $200,000 vehicle screaming around a curve at 140 mph. How cool is it? Well, read on.

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