Ferrari GTC4Lusso review
The Ferrari SUV. Well, can you think of a more fitting answer to the SUV conundrum? Four seats, four-wheel drive, and all without the benefit of sitting four feet higher in the air. However, the fact that Ferrari is currently working on a high-rise 4×4 means that the GTC4Lusso hasn’t fully answered all the questions that have been put to it.
Of course, it’s an original thing, a real shooting brake: coupe at the front, station wagon at the rear. It is 78mm and less than five meters long, with a longer wingspan and wider nose than its closest natural rival, the Bentley Continental GT. Beneath that long, long hood, you can choose between two engines, either a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 making 681 hp and 514 pound-feet of torque, or a less-horsepower 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (602 hp), but more torque (561 lb-ft). This unit is shared with the Portofino and future Roma, while the V12 has more in common with the mighty 812 Superfast.
The GTC4Lusso arrived in 2016, its gangly name belying an otherwise extensive redesign of the simpler-named FF that first appeared in 2011. FF: four-seater, 4WD. Logic. The basic model has not changed one iota. The front-mounted V12 engine sends power to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. However, the four-wheel drive system is unique. Rather than the front driveshaft running under the engine, a second shaft runs from the front of the engine into a separate gearbox containing two forward and one reverse gears. It handles up to 20% of available torque and nothing beyond fourth gear.
Ferrari claims that this solution is not only 50% lighter than a conventional 4WD setup with a mid-mounted transfer case, but also contributes to a lower center of gravity and better weight distribution (48:52 forward and back). There’s also four-wheel steering to aid low/high speed agility/stability and adaptive magnetic damping. The V8 is a simpler car. Well, as long as it’s only rear-wheel drive. You still benefit from the full range of chassis aids.
The V12 is the heavy hitter – 1,920kg, 3.4sec to 62mph, top-end 208mph and a list price of £243,191 – but the V8 is the more pragmatic choice on paper. Not just £30,000 cheaper, but just slightly slower (3.5 seconds and 199mph) and a lot cleaner (265g/km CO2 instead of 350g/km and 18.5-24.8mpg).
Changes from the FF are minor but innumerable: 16mm more rear legroom, a quieter engine that starts up in the morning (this was in response to customer feedback), fans are 25% quieter, the processor that powers the central display is eight times faster, there is 50% more storage space around the cabin and, as an option, the passenger can have their own screen. It’s best not to specify: they’ll spend the whole trip telling you how fast you’re really going.
Our choice of the range.
What’s the verdict?
There is nothing like a Ferrari GTC4Lusso. No other company makes anything that could be construed as a direct rival. A Rolls Wraith comes close, as does the Bentley Conti GT, but neither offers the same versatility and room for people and luggage as the Ferrari.
It is a brilliantly executed machine. Perhaps they could have stepped back a bit on the sportiness, but they would have risked losing the essence of what makes a Ferrari so special: that its character shines through its civility. Make no mistake, the GTC4Lusso is a very special car, one that is not only surprisingly comfortable on the inside and stylish on the outside, but also offers a driving experience that transitions effortlessly from unflappable city driving competition to superb off road driving. road without seeming exaggerated. or unnecessary. Among the current storm of blunt-faced super-SUVs, it comes across as not only special, but also rational.
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