Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) the 2018 GTC4Lusso T Reviewed
The senior product manager for Ferrari’s new GTC4Lusso,Pietro Virgolin, admits that its predecessor, the FF, was a polarizing design. “People either loved it or hated it,” he said.
Personally, I liked it, as it reminded me of the famous Ferrari ‘Breadvan’
Those enamored with the hatchback Ferrari praised a design that evoked memories of “shooting brakes” past, notably the 1992 Aston Martin Virage, the Jensen GT and, perhaps the most comely example, Volvo’s famous ‘70s 1800 ES.
“Detractors saw the unfortunate mating of BMW M Coupe and a Dachshund”, he said.
Whatever side of you were on, the polarization was no less fractious than the squabbles consuming our politics today in the US
Now, the FF has been renamed GTC the most distinctive Ferrari of our time has benefited on 2 fronts.
- Time has moderated our reaction to its distinctive shape. That which was controversial in Y 2012 is now acceptable
- Its newly sloping rear roof-line is more comely than the original which had traditional Ferrari front curves and a squarish rear.
It also helps that the GTC4Lusso T is staking out a distinctive spot within Ferrari’s lineup.
Mr. Virgolin notes that this latest variant lies in the very epicenter of the intersection between sportiness and practicality.
So, the ‘T’ eschews the iconic 6.3-litre V12 that powers the FF and the GTC4Lusso for a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 shared with Ferrari’s 488. In losing the greater horsepower of the V12 (680 hp Vs 601 hp), the twin-turbo V8 gains a wealth of torque, out muscling the V12 with 561 lb-ft Vs 514.
And it has a great deal of civility. The V8 mated to Ferrari’s 7-Speed automated manual is less intimidating to drive than the V12.
There is a theme to this latest GTC, it is of an expanded driving experience.
For instance, the steering is typically Ferrari light, yet, thanks to the 3rd-generation of Ferrari’s Side Slip Control and a revised rendition of Ferrari’s 4-Wheel steering, it suffers from none of the twitchiness that plagued the F12berlinetta.
While the 1st impression of the GTC4Lusso T is of a car that drives smaller than its outer dimensions, it’s also impressive that it remains so stable despite dumping the novel AWD (all-wheel-drive system) of the FF and V12-powered GTC4Lusso.
Interior spaciousness is another benefit.
The GTC4 is a 4-seater. It is difficult to get past the front seats, but once there a long ride is not unimaginable and the headroom generous. Just do not bring a lot of cases, the trunk is small.
The T is very much current Ferrari interior design.
There’s a cockpit feel to the dash in front of the driver, a sense duplicated for the passenger. There is a 10.25 in touch screen available to the driver, and there is a smaller version near the passenger that contains radio controls, the navi screen and even the tachometer/warning gauges.
A passenger can input a destination in their small screen that then transfers to the main navigation system.
A twisted modern version of the ‘back seat driver’ or a super add on for the navigator.
This is a car that you really can drive every day.
Its MSRP US is $256,000, sans tax and license and fees.
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