The words family and Ferrari seldom go together. Unless of course you’re talking about family dramas – that Ferrari lot love a squabble. In terms of the cars though, family isn’t deemed as the key focus for Fezza. Can you imagine seeing an F40 or the like in the parent and child bay at ASDA? Nope, you can’t. Until now, the GTC4 Lusso came along. And now you have have it complete with forced induction. It’s one fast family hauler.
GTC4 Lusso T – room for four, foot on the floor
Look at that, we did a little rhyme. Anyway, the car. The GTC4 Lusso T is a four-seater with a sort of ‘shooting break’ look about it. Though with more Ferrari flair, obviously. It can seat four, too, which puts it up there with the FF in terms of Ferrari practicality. Okay, it’s no Ford Focus, but it’s certainly more practical than most other cars in this area.
Visually, and once your eyeballs can process what has to be the most terrible example of photo editing in the history of photo editing, the GTC4 Lusso T is a handsome beast. Sure, it’s an acquired taste, what with its bigger-than-average rump. But we like it, it’s got real presence. Never a bad thing.
Let’s look at the important factor though. This is a Ferrari after all. It could look like Kia Picanto with a body-kit and, as long as it had the right engine, you’d forgive it. Thankfully, the engine on offer here is wonderfully suited to the car.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T – power and control
Under the bonnet, you’ll find a 3.9 litre V8. Oh, and it also has a turbo bolted onto it. How delightful! This means the GTC4 Lusso T has 600bhp to play with, ensuring you and your passengers get where you’re going before you set off – it’s that chuffing fast! The 760Nm of torque ensures that a full boot won’t slow things down either. Ferrari there, covering all the bases. And it doesn’t end there – variable boost management means lag is nonexistent.
Of course a stonking great engine is useless without the means to put the power to the deck. Thankfully, that’s covered here too. The GTC4Lusso T’s dynamic control systems have been specifically calibrated to boost responsiveness to commands. In particular, the 4WS (rear-wheel steering), which is integrated with Side Slip Control (SSC3), makes for more rapid response to steering wheel inputs entering and exiting corners, thanks to the rear wheels steering in the same direction as the front ones. That sounds like the car crabs to us, but we’ll trust that’s not the case.
According to the press blurb, “The GTC4Lusso T’s styling remains the same innovative take on the shooting brake coupé, reinterpreting the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape that gives it an almost fastback-like silhouette. The cabin is an effortless melding of distinctive Ferrari styling and the luxurious elegance expected of a four-seater GT.”
We’re sure it is. All we can say is that we like it, and we’re looking forward to seeing it without the aid of a three-year-old messing about on MS paint. Bravo Ferrari, looks like another winner. We’ll have a look when it’s unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.