Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) New GTC4Lusso ‘Family Friendly’
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) new GTC4Lusso now stands in as the most family-friendly, all-season-capable vehicle in its lineup now or ever.
The car, a replacement the 4WD FF, is Maranello’s fine-tuning of the Shooting Brake coupé concept, providing 4-seat accommodations in a more streamlined, tapered shape that gives it more of a fastback-like profile.
Looking at the GTC4Lusso as a sports car might be hard to understand, but as a Grand Tourer (GT) it is Grand and a Tourer.
This car is striking, and sleek
Ferrari envisions the GTC4Lusso as a family vehicle, with a younger customer base who will make 4-Season use of the car and on a broader selection of roads, and there’s actual luggage space.
As for its name
According to Ferrari, the GTC4Lusso “references several illustrious predecessors, not least the 330 GTC or 2+2 330 GT, as well as the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso.”
Like its predecessors, the GTC4Lusso is fully capable of leaving devastation in its wake if one steps on the gas.
Under that long hood lies a 6.3-litre V12 delivering 690 hp, making the GTC4Lusso the most powerful car in its segment.
But not all the GTC’s power is up Top
Maximum torque of 514 pound-feet is reached at a far lower 5,750 rpm, with 80% already available at just 1,750 rpm.
From the tech/spec outlook
4RM-S (4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering) system was developed around the 4th generation of the Side Slip Control (SSC4) and now also encompasses the E-Diff electronic differential and SCM-E suspension damping.
Management of front torque has been improved across the board, but especially, in terms of SS4-based torque vectoring, the faster delivery and distribution of torque to the front axle.
The result is an improvement in the differentiation and precision of the torque delivery between the two wheels during cornering. At the heart of the system is the innovative PTU, which delivers 4-wheel drive while still maintaining 53% of the car’s weight at 1,920 kilos) at the rear while weighing as much as 50% less than conventional 4WD systems.
The Lusso’s cabin is a classic combination of sporting business and high comfort. Like the latest Ferraris, many of the major controls are located on the sport steering wheel.
A 1st for the car is “dual cockpit architecture,” which features both a driver cockpit and a passenger cockpit separated by a central divider on which are clustered all of the “comfort-oriented controls” common to both.
On the driver’s side: the instrument clusters behind the wheel are now more visible. The controls, both primary and secondary are also new and easier to use.
On the front passenger side: the control commands are within easy reach, a dedicated LCD touchscreen providing the visual cues.
In between the two cockpits: a 10.25-inch full HD capacitive touchscreen heads the infotainment functions.
The GTC4Lusso is not the most beautiful in Ferrari’s lineup, but it is striking. But the Lusso is the most mainstream model Ferrari has produced.
Meaning, 4-Season usability and 4-seat capability make it a functional family vehicle
The car will be in dealerships Q-3 of Y 2016. Pricing has not been announced, though it is expected to carry a sticker of more than $300,000 in the US.
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