Ferrari's Upcoming Grand Tourer

Sam Kessler (Online Editor)
Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, we take a look at the quintessential Italian marque's take on the GT

A Ferrari isn’t exactly an everyday car. Phenomenal as the marque undoubtedly is, a sports car isn’t ideal for day to day life, especially if you happen to live somewhere that isn’t conducive to top-down driving all seasons. The UK for example.

Bentley and Rolls-Royce might be legendary for their grand tourers, Ferrari less so. At least, that’s the general consensus. It’s a little unfair really; the Ferrari FF is an impressive adherent to the GT tenets, with its four-wheel drive, four-seat configuration.

Perhaps come the beginning of March, that will all change; that is when, at the 86th Geneva Motor Show, the world’s most famous marque will officially release the culmination of the work the FF began. Namely, the GTC4Lusso.

With the GTC4Lusso, Ferrari aim to ‘change the sporty Grand Tourer concept forever.’ While that statement might owe more than a little to typical Italian hyperbole, it’s still illustrative of what the new launch represents for the marque.

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The Lusso is essentially Ferrari’s answer to the Continental, Quattraporte or any number of BMW’s top end cars; it’s a car for any situation yet with all the performance and luxury you’d expect from a supercar, as capable of short sprints as it is of marathons.

However, even if Ferrari’s reputation for GTs has diminished, it wasn’t always the case – the GTC4Lusso‘s very name references some of the manufacturer’s GT success stories. The FF might be the new car’s closest living relation, but it owes its status more to the 330 GTC from the 1960s and shorter-lived 250 GT Berlinetta.

Both cars were flawless examples of Italian elegance, balancing style and performance like only Ferrari can, so much so that the 330 GTC’s 2+2 sibling was purported to be Enzo Ferrari’s own favourite. It’s the unenviable task of the GTC4Lusso to carry the same torch, though thankfully with the addition of two more seats. The question is, how well does it do?

Let’s start with the beating, roaring heart of any Ferrari, the engine. It goes without saying that there’s going to be a lot of power pumping through the 12-cylinders, with a weight-to-power ratio that eclipses any other four-door tourer. It’s able to push the Lusso to 100kmh in 3.4 seconds, all the way up to a top speed of 335kmh – 208 mph in the empire.

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What’s more impressive than the pure numbers here however is that it promises to be more responsive than any other GT. A GT is, by necessity, a pretty heavy car. One of their hallmarks is a luxurious cabin and you don’t clad every surface in leather and mahogany without gaining a few pounds. That in turn tends to make gaining momentum a little ponderous.

The GTC4Lusso however has 80% of its torque already available at just 1,750 rpm. OK, not the most impressive of statements but, to translate, it means that even at slower speeds the engine will be just as responsive as if it were going flat-out. In a car as likely to be found on city streets as mountain roads, that’s a godsend.

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To transfer that power onto the road at any speed, Ferrari have almost gone overboard. The whole four-wheel, rear-wheel steering setup, the 4RM-S system, is patented, as is the Slip Side Control complete with its own host of driving assistants. The result is a car capable of 208 mph that can do almost as well on snow and ice, a smooth, effortless drive no matter where it finds itself.

Of course, part of the GTC4Lusso’s performance comes from its aerodynamics and the styling of the car itself which are essentially an evolution of the shooting brake coupé. While most shooting brakes are a chimera of hatchback and coupe, this is a direct continuation of the FF’s aesthetic, considerably sportier and more elegant.

The result is a silhouette of sculpted athleticism that bespeaks performance while maintaining a good amount of space for luggage and, more importantly, passengers. Not that they’d have much to complain about, even if the cabin was a good deal more cramped.

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Wraparound leather seats give a greater sense of room than most GTs and, even if Ferrari have foregone the usual touches of rare woods in favour of yet more fine Italian leather and stainless steel, it’s a lovingly rendered interior. That said, calling shotgun will be more in contention than ever, with the front passenger given access to Ferrari’s most advanced infotainment centre to date.

To tally everything up: class-leading performance, an unusually responsive ride in all weathers and surfaces and the elegant Italian styling Ferrari are renowned for. We’ll need to wait until the start of the Geneva Motor Show to see for ourselves whether the GTC4Lusso lives up to our expectations but, considering what Ferrari have promised so far, we’re looking forward to get our hands on it.

To make an enquiry about the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, CLICK HERE.

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