Over the years Ferrari always made an effort when unveiling their new cars, because of the rarity of these events. So when a new Ferrari is being revealed, as in the case of the GTC4Lusso, you take note and marvel in what is sure to be another hit from the fabled Italian marque. And when the covers came off and the smoke cleared, the GTC4Lusso was ready for admiration.
The GTC4Lusso takes over from the FF as the only four-seater and four-wheel drive offering in the Ferrari stable. Yes, that’s right. The GTC4Lusso sends drive to all four corners and in addition, will steer with the rear wheels, too! The design is instantly recognisable as a Ferrari and it brings the car in line with the other models – almost creating a sense of unity amongst the brand’s exotic offerings.
But a sensual design is only part of the story. Inside the car is perhaps as practically laid out as it could be. The ergonomics are different to what us mere mortals are used to, but to Ferrari it’s a recipe that works for their clientèle. Accessing the rear seats is extremely easy. Simply pull a lever on the front seat and it moves forward – exposing the gap for entry. However, taller and bigger passengers might find rear space to be on the tight side. Oh, but despite the tightness rear passengers might face, the GTC4Lusso has a very big and practical boot. A Ferrari! With a boot! Imagine that.
Asked if Ferrari will ditch the V12 in favour of downsizing, we have it on good authority that it will not happen. Phew, thank goodness, because at the heart of the GTC4Lusso sits a massive 6.2-litre V12 engine. Tuned to deliver a demonic 507kW and 697Nm, the practical Ferrari will launch an onslaught from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 335km/h. These are massive figures, but what’s even more spine-chilling is that 80% of the torque is available from 1750rpm! Now there’s something to whip your neck into alignment.
Priced from R6.5-million, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is anything but cheap, but it is and will be one of the auto maker’s most exclusive cars. And you can bet a pretty penny that it will receive a greater halo treatment from Ferrari and prospective buyers. But hey, at least the Ultimate Drive team sat in the driver’s seat!