Back in 2011, the much revered Ferrari-manufacturer launched the FF which was pretty much a perfect fit for its high end market rating. About 5 years down the line, the firm did it once again done it, this time round with the GTC4Lusso, which many are describing to be simply a redesigned 2011 FF. It is less awkward looking and comes with the V12 engine, similar to its elder brother and features four-wheel drive.
Ferrari’s surprises didn’t stop there as they recently released the GTC4Lusso T with the T signifying a twin-turbocharged V8 in the nose based on the power unit in the California T. This is the first four-seater with a V8 engine the company has released into the market.
As much as many pitch it as an all-new car, it is basically a version of the V12 only that it doesn’t have the front-drive hardware and the four cylinders. Its market target is younger customers as opposed to the V12 buyers who were deemed of an elderly age. It is also for people who would want to use it on a daily basis or for the weekend and find value in the four seats capability. The car is a complete change in the manufacturer’s mid-engine sports cars.
The Outer Look
The outside design is a complete resemblance to the V12-engined version with an exception being on the four exhaust outlets and the wheels. It is also a long and low car. The restyling has effectively caused a change in how the GTC4Lusso looked like, coming out as a sleek car as opposed to a slightly ungainly.
Venturing into its inner parts and you encounter Ferrari’s finest features including the new infotainment system that fits in well with the interior’s luxurious ambience. Using the Delphi-supplied 10.25in HD touchscreen is far much simpler as opposed to the former Ferrari far.
Ferrari has made us get accustomed to the norm that everything that cannot be done on the touch screen can be correctly operated on the steering wheel. That doesn’t change with the GTC4Lusso T either.
Customers had complained in the past of missing the lights, wipers and indicators controls until they got used to them. But the newest versions are much firmer and user-friendly, effectively doing away with the hit and miss errors.
Plenty of space
The cosseting clearly has plenty of space, making this a genuine four-seater – even coming with more space for some six-footers. Then there is the optional panoramic glass roof that gives you the feeling of extra space. Since the front seats slide fully forward, getting into the rear seats is much easier. Also, the doors are longer and open very wide.
When did you last hear of a Ferrari with boot space? Well, you just hear one. This lets you get in as much load as you would with the Ford Focus, despite the rear suspension and seven-speed transaxle consuming some potential vital volume.
The centre section and rear seats have been made to fold separately.
The engine hasn’t been left out either, needless to say all the changes that have taken place except that efficiency and responsiveness is top notch. That comes along with reduced lag.
Yes, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is a car in its own league and worth churning out your dollars for.