Ferrari is now offering a more “sensible” 602bhp V8 for its elegant shooting brake, adding a more affordable option for the prancing horse enthusiast.
The shooting brake silhouette resonates throughout the history of automobiles and has always been fancied among enthusiasts. The combination of beauty, absolute performance and practicality is definitely alluring. The new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T possesses all the above qualities in abundance. But can a turbo-charged V8 give you the thrill of an Italian bred prancing horse? Ferrari lets you choose.
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is identical to its larger displacement sister. The long contoured bonnet perfectly fits around the sophisticated signature boomerang design headlamps. The low radiator vent is detailed with chrome and subtly merges with the aggressive front bumper design. The front quarter panels host engine vents that add a purposeful touch. The panoramic sunroof runs across the rear sloping roof giving the car a very roomy feel.
The tail end of the new GTC4 is a work of art. The tail-lamps are sumptuous, and they fit perfectly into a body spoiler that makes way for an enormous rear diffuser. The diffuser, along with the rifled twin exhausts is pure Ferrari magic. The entire car is flowing with exotic and elegant details and it takes time to drink and appreciate each and every aspect.
The older FF in comparison was never truly organic in its design approach. It lacked a certain grace and finesse. The new GTC4 Lusso, on the other hand, looks like a timeless art piece from the Sistine Chapel.
Replacing the opera singing naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V12, would be a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 that also appears on the new California T. On this four-seat chariot, it’s producing a bountiful 602bhp and 760 Nm of torque. That is 80bhp down compared to the naturally aspirated motor but we reckon the GTC4 Lusso T will be a tremendously quick car nevertheless.
The new GTC4 Lusso T completes the sprint to a 100kph in a significantly quick 3.5 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 320 kph. Unsurprisingly, the more powerful naturally aspirated sister is faster around the Fiorano circuit, but not by much. Ferrari will also be ditching that much loved four-wheel drivetrain for an old school rear wheel drive setup. This will help reduce the cost and appeal to a more lively and over-steer enthusiastic audience.
The Lusso T however still features the new rear-steering that works with a host of Ferrari’s electronics, letting you embrace a bit of Ken Block sideways action and still keeping you out of the bushes. Italian witchcraft at its best. And best of all, since it is a shooting brake, you can invite 3 other friends to have their senses shattered and spleens ruptured in a lap of comfort and luxury. What’s more, you can store luggage in a surprisingly spacious boot. Getting the practicality bit?
Ferrari hopes that the new GTC4 Lusso T ushers in a new generation of younger drivers to the elite clan. Offering an option to have a more frugal engine instead of the flagship V12 is definitely a brilliant move by the Italian marquee. The V12 Lusso may have more soul but that doesn’t mean that the V8 Lusso T lacks a genuine personality. Priced at around 200 thousand pounds, the Ferrari still demands a premium, especially considering the much cheaper and value for money Audi RS6. We also expect the GTC4 Lusso T to make an Indian debut considering its rather frugal and efficient avatar. How do you feel about the new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T? Let us know below.
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