The Ferrari GTC4Lusso is unique as far as supercars are concerned, and when its predecessor the FF was launched most people did not “get” the concept. But the FF broke down those preconceptions and a new segment in the usable supercar line-up was carved out. A usable no compromise Ferrari, with the driving ambitions of a mid-engine V8 model. There has recently been a lot of speculation about the possible launch of an SUV, something that without the FF and now the GTC4Lusso, would never have happened.

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The GTC4Lusso treaded where no previous Ferrari has dared, with 4-wheel drive underneath and enough cargo space to pack for an extended trip inside. That’s right, this is a GT car that car packs the performance of a Ferrari into a car with the functionality of a Golf. Who needs a Bentayga?

The Lusso’s 6.3-litre V12 produces 681 bhp at 8000 rpm and 697 Nm at 5750 rpm. Accelerating to the tune of 0 – 62 in 3.4 seconds, this hatchback will shove you into the back of your seats while hauling your new antique bookcase home from the shops. The GTC4Lusso is also unexpectedly roomy in the backseat, able to accommodate 6-foot tall occupants, at least for reasonably short trips.

All of that power is handled by a 7-speed F1DCT transmission with an E-Diff that together maximize the car’s acceleration and handling. As mentioned earlier, AWD is standard on the Lusso. Called 4RM Evo, this all-wheel-drive system is an upgraded version of the system used by the FF. With two gearboxes incorporated into the system, one at the front and one at the rear, 4RM Evo is able to more precisely allocate torque to a given wheel than the FF’s system, enhancing the car’s handling abilities.

Slotted underneath the standard Lusso in Ferrari’s lineup, the Lusso T made its debut for the 2017 model year. The Lusso T ditches the all-wheel-drive system in favour of a rear-wheel drive layout. The V12 is also gone, replaced by the turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 that also powers the 488 and Portofino. Luckily, this V8 is no slouch, with loads of torque across the power band, so performance dips only very slightly when trading down from the Lusso to the Lusso T. In fact, unless the V12 and/or AWD are absolute must-haves, the Lusso T is quite a bargain at around £30,000 less costly than its big brother. Im sure we can think of a few carbon options to bridge that gap!

Editors Thoughts

I love the whole idea of a Ferrari you can use everyday, all the time. In a subtle colour it is relatively inconspicuous. That is until you open the throttle and leave practically everything behind. The front engined V12 2+2s have come such a long way, since even the days of the Ferrari 456. I used to use a one every day for everything for the school run to leisurely drives. The only thing that stopped that was the snow. The GTC4Lusso solves that problem. Perfectly.

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