Driven: Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
The Italian legend turns to its glorious past for this new machine.Damien Reid June 11, 2017
Although Ferrari bills this as an “all-new” car, the truth is that the GTC4 Lusso is a comprehensive revamp of the FF. One of the casualties of the makeover is the nondescript FF moniker which has been replaced by the evocative new name that draws heavily on Ferrari’s illustrious past.
The GTC is a carryover from past greats such as the 330 GTC and is an abbreviation of Grand Touring Competizione, while the 4 is a reflection of the car’s four-seat, four-wheel steering and four-wheel drive set-up. As for Lusso, it’s Italian for luxury and the suffix has appeared in the past on classics such as the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso.
The GTC4 Lusso is more than a new name for the outgoing FF as it features a major reworking of mechanicals and ergonomics and despite looking similar to the FF save for the nose and tail, it features completely new sheet metal.
While it doesn’t quite howl like V12 Ferraris of old, there’s still some red blood in those Italian veins and so Ferrari claims a zero to 100kmh time of 3.4 seconds, 10 seconds to 200kmh and it tops out at 335kmh.
The other trait carried over from the FF is that it is all-wheel drive which makes for tidy handling around tight mountain passes given there’s so much weight hanging over the nose. Weight distribution has been evened out as much as possible by placing the seven-speed transmission at the rear to give it a 47:53 per cent front bias.
But with this comes the evil realities of weight and tipping the scales at just under two tons, it doesn’t provide the slingshot acceleration you get from the turbo V8 Ferrari 488.
Instead, it builds up a crescendo of speed and you don’t notice the smooth, tidal wave of power until you’re already in the hyper zone. This is also the time when you can watch the fuel gauge drop in equal measure.
Its styling is unique, even to other Ferraris and yet when seen, it can only be a Ferrari. However unlike the smaller, sportier Ferraris, it’s useable as everyday transport yet belongs to that ever-shrinking V12 club.
- Engine: 6.3-litre, V12
- Power: 680bhp @8,000rpm
- Torque: 697Nm @5,750rpm
- Transmission: seven-speed automatic
- 0-100kmh: 3.4 seconds
- Top speed: 335kmh
- Price: AED 1,172,000