As you might remember from the long-term introduction of Ken Lingenfelter's 2012 Ferrari FF, he doesn't pamper it and put it away in the winter. This is an AWD Ferrari that sees snow, and errands, and even long trips with a dog on board. In the middle of winter, Ken provided us with some useful—you might even say, practical—advice for driving a snow-capable exotic through the winter months.
Get an FF.
It's Ferrari's first, and and so far only, all-wheel-drive model.
Mount winter tires.
Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II rubber keeps the Italian theme going.
Be prepared to stop ...
To answer questions. During the first big storm this season, I had a guy in a four-wheel-drive truck follow me into the gas station to find out how I was keeping up with him in the snow. It surprises people.
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Kick your boots together before getting in.
No one makes heavy-duty winter mats for this car yet, but I've asked if they'll do a custom set.
Treat it like an SUV.
(Sort of.) I normally drive a Cadillac Escalade through winter, but this winter I'm taking the FF unless I need to haul parts.
Keep it clean.
To combat Michigan's salt, I hose the car off in the shop after taking it out.
Long-term Test: 2012 Ferrari FF
- Base Price: $302,450
- As Tested: $366,169
- Powertrain: 6.3-liter V-12, 651 hp, 504 lb-ft;
- Drivetrain: 7-speed automatic, AWD