Ferrari GTC4Lusso review


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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.

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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.

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Our choice of the range.

2 automatic doors

What’s the verdict?

Make no mistake, the GTC4Lusso is a very special car

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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