The front and the large air intake make the GTC4 Lusso look like an animal eating up everything in its path. So if you see this beast in the rearview mirror, be sure to get out of the way.
There is nothing sensational that Ferrari has built V12-equipped four-seaters. Already in 1972, the model 400i was presented - a four-seater with 2-wheel drive. In 2011 the model FF was released which ended up being a modest sensation. So in other words, the four-wheel drive should still be considered fairly uncharted territory when it comes to Ferrari.
The model FF, the 4WD predecessor of the GTC4 Lusso, was the first Ferrari to be fitted with the company´s own (and somewhat unique) patented four-wheel drive systems. What sets it apart from other drive systems is that, just like in the GTC4 Lusso, the front wheel drive is disengaged when the fifth gear or higher is engaged.
The simple explanation for this setup is that the power to the rear wheels are supplied in a conventional manner via a transaxle from the rear of the engine while the front wheels are powered from the front of the engine. The power to the front wheels is distributed via a two-speed box and two wet-plate couplings.
“The machine has nerves of steel, keeping with the Ferrari tradition”
What is also completely new, which was introduced already with the FF, is the so-called “shooting-break-body”. The simple translation would be to say that it´s a combi, but that is definitely a word Ferrari does not want to be associated with. What this ends up meaning in practice is that you can fit four people plus a few bags without having to squeeze them in too tight.
However, we are not talking about luggage for the whole family on their way to a three-week ski holiday. If you end up being just two in the car, you can pack quite comfortably. Maximum luggage volume is 800 liters, which is in line with a midsized family car. If you want to optimize your packing, you can buy the specially sewn bags from Schedon. Just keep in mind that this will run you the same cost as buying a small car.
The crown jewel in the GTC4 Lusso is the 690-horsepower V12 engine. This is an engine that creates emotions throughout all gears. It can be low-key and discreet and change character in just a fraction of a second to a high-performance wolf that awakens everything in its path. When the RPMs exceed 5,000 revs, every single hair stands to attention. When driving this machine in the wet and cold, not giving it your all isn´t good enough.
Despite four-wheel drive and systems to keep the car on the road, you still have to watch out for the car´s rear which has a tendency to rock back and forth. This may be perceived as a negative, but personally, I think it is quite liberating. Too many performance cars have become too easy to drive, so easy that most anybody´s grandma could drive one without a second thought. No, a Ferrari, even the ones under the labels “family" and "all-year-around”, should have a little personality and some bite.
Because I don’t have the pleasure of driving a Ferrari every day, the knobs and controls take some time to get used to, especially when considering that their layout doesn´t resemble that of any other manufacturer. However, with some practice, you easily get the hang of things.
“The GTC4 Lusso is the answer”
A cool detail for the passenger is that you have a display in front of which you can control certain fucntions as well as display current performance information, speed and much more. Like most cars nowadays, the GTC4 Lusso has Apple CarPlay that makes it easy to connect your iPhone to the car. In fact, Ferrari was among the first car brands to introduce Apple CarPlay in the model FF before the GTC4 Lusso even came out.
As mentioned before, Ferrari´s aren’t cars meant to run all year or day-to-day. With the GTC4 Lusso one of these things becomes a notion of the past, but unfortunately though not the latter. But the feasibility of taking your Ferrari on a coast-to-coast road trip, down to the Riviera or up into the mountains is now a fact.
|Ferrari GTC4 Lusso|
Starting price: from SEK 2,956,000.