Ferrari have just released images and a short description of the replacement for the FF: the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. However, the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not it’s a worthy replacement, and if it lives up to the infamous badge it bares.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso – What is it?
Ferrari claim that they used a number of their classic cars for inspiration, including the 250 GT which was infamous for being Enzo’s favourite. Moreover, they claim all the cars they based the GTC4 on “represented a sublime combination of elegance and high performance.” The new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is quite clearly a different car to the FF with a number of new technology and changes to the design. The naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V12 remains from the FF, but the power has been increased from 651bhp to 680bhp. The torque has also been increased from 504lb ft to 514lb ft. This all comes together to make the GTC4 faster than the FF, as would be expected with 0-62mph in 3.4sec which is 0.3sec faster than the FF. The top speed however is exactly the same- 208mph.
What else is new?
The FF has what is known as a 4RM, which is Ferrari’s way of saying it features a four-wheel drive, however the GTC4 has what Ferrari are calling 4RM-S, which means it still has the four wheel drive but also the new four-wheel steer system, which we first saw in the F12 TDF. Ferrari claims that with this new system the GTC4 is an “exceptionally versatile car in every kind of grip condition.”
How has the design changed?
The overall design of the GTC4 is described by Ferrari as a “further refinement of the shooting brake coupe, reinterpreting the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape.” The GTC4 features numerous design tweaks from the FF, for example the interior, which now features a 10.25 inch HD screen and a reinvented steering wheel, is slightly smaller than the FF’s due to a smaller air bag. The exterior has also been reinvented with new headlights which are very classic Ferrari, new air vents, wing and “dynamically chiselled crease lines”. All of these new features are multi purposed, with the new grille and air intakes allowing more air to enter the engine, and the new rear diffuser and spoiler making GTC4 Lusso more aerodynamic and streamline.
Where can I buy one?
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso will be exhibited at Geneva at the start of March this year and we will then be able to see the finished version of the car. However Ferrari are giving nothing away currently about the price, but when the FF first came out it started at £227,107. Ferrari have, however, said that when you purchase a Ferrari GTC4 Lusso you will get seven years’ free maintenance on the car and receive four years’ unlimited-mileage warranty. But when you’re probably going to be spending over £200,000 on a car you most likely come to expect these services, if not more!