Ask just about anybody and they will all know the name Ferrari. So when the Prancing Horse launches a new car, it’s kind of a big deal. A few years ago, Ferrari introduced the world to the FF.
Offering space for four, it looked odd thanks to its two-door shooting brake styling. Much to everyone’s surprise, the FF sold quite well. Now though, Ferrari has improved the formula and the name. The new car is now called the GTC4 Lusso and features a host of improvements.
What is it?
To be honest, I’m not quite sure. It’s not a light weight supercar like some of the other cars in the Ferrari stable. It’s more of a GT car, designed to eat up the miles. You see, unlike every other car brand within this segment, Ferrari refuses to build an SUV. Instead, they have given us the GTC4 Lusso, the former designation standing for Grand Tourer Car, I think, the 4 referring to its unique four-wheel drive system, and Lusso denoting luxury in Italian.
As mentioned, one of the biggest issues with the FF was the fact that it didn't resemble a Ferrari in the traditional sense. While certainly not ugly, it also failed to turn heads like the 458 or its 488 GTB replacement. This new car on the other hand has managed to change this to a certain degree. As a result of new aerodynamic enhancements, as well as some improvements to the front and rear, the GTC4 Lusso exudes elegance and exclusivity, underscoring its dynamic traits from a sporty GT perspective.
What about the cabin?
Inside, you can expect a lot of leather and real metal door handles. As with many high performance cars these days, door handles seem to be an optional extra in order to save weight. However, that’s not what the GTC4 Lusso is all about. It’s a luxury tourer. This means that Ferrari don’t have to worry about cutting back on luxury things such as double layered side windows or extra insulation to reduce road noise.
They have even fitted a massive infotainment screen which looks really good. The car also features a new steering wheel design and even the passenger gets a little screen to view performance data and multimedia information.Those at the rear might find space to be a bit tight, however, Ferrari is adamant that the GTC4 Lusso will seat four adults in comfort. It also has a large boot which makes it the most practical Ferrari available today.
Let's talk power!
Well, the GTC4 Lusso has a lot of power; 507kW/697Nm to be exact. This massive figure is courtesy of a naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V12, which also allows it to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 335 km/h. As mentioned earlier, the GTC4 Lusso retains the FF’s four-wheel drive system, but being a Ferrari, the setup is not as straightforward as it sounds.
In order to get the proportions right, the car features two gearboxes; one at the back for the rear wheels and a small one up front for the front wheels. The only problem is that the one up front is a two speed, which means that after fourth gear, the car is no longer four-wheel drive.
Technically then, the GTC4 Lusso offers the best of both worlds; it has massive amounts of grip off the line and once up to speed, it becomes a rear-wheel-drive dream. Ferrari has also fitted the car with rear wheel steering as part of its 4RM Evo system.
What's the verdict?
As far as thrills go, the GTC4 Lusso definitely delivers both in design as well as performance, and according to the technical updates, it should be one incredible drive.
R6 200 000