Ferrari’s V8 avatar looks promising.
"Ferrari claims the V8 T is just 0.1 second behind the V12 in a sprint from zero-to-100 km/h, while its top speed is 320 km/h against the V12’s 334 km/h."
"Striking enough, the Lusso T offers good leg room for rear passengers."
"While the GTC4Lusso’s V12 had a brawny and precise note, the V8 delivers an exotic howl despite the muffling effect of turbochargers.", said Ershad.
"We found the GTC4Lusso T to be very much a grand tourer."
The shooting-brake body style was an icebreaker for a brand like Ferrari who takes huge pride in anything sport. Ferrari FF wasn’t a dummy run though. It just broke all the Ferrari conventions in terms of styling and perception. Most importantly, it didn’t stop there.
Ferrari GTC4Lusso was a successor to the Ferrari FF with an updated infotainment system and an even more elegant interior, amending the FF’s often cited issues. Minor tweaks were done in and out, and the engine was the same V12 put on the all-wheel-drive set-up. Today, I am here to talk about the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T-an evolution of the ground-breaking Ferrari FF.
Put GTC4Lusso and GTC4Lusso T together; you wouldn’t see a lot has changed except the wheel design and the exhaust tips. There’s more to the T story though. It uses a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 seen also in the Portofino (California T). In short, a twin-turbo V8 steps in for the naturally aspirated V12 and rear-wheel drive replaces all-wheel drive. These two changes lead to a weight loss of at least 50 kg. That reduction has come off the front, eventually increasing the rear weight bias to 54 percent.
Ferrari claims the V8 T is just 0.1 second behind the V12 in a sprint from zero to 100 km/h, while its top speed is 320 km/h against the V12’s 334 km/h. GTC4Lusso T’s V8 delivers 601 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and maximum torque of 760 Nm between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm. Gearshifts are done by the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic system with manual shifting mode.
As expected in a grand tourer, the Lusso T’s cabin was grand. It was covered in wraps of rich red and black leather, aluminum and carbon fiber detailing. The front seats are well positioned, comfortable and good for long drives. We get a reasonable view up front and rear. There’s a large tachometer in front of the driver, with digital gear readout on two configurable screens on either side. The right one is for speed, music and navigation and the left screen is for trip meter and vehicle stats. The dash features a 10.3-inch central touchscreen, backed by a few knobs and buttons around and they were all easy to access. Striking enough, the Lusso T offers good leg room for rear passengers, but you still do the theatrics to get behind (rear access through front doors). There are many storage options throughout and the large transmission tunnel that extends through the center of the cabin stays predominant. The seatbacks fold to expand the cargo room.
The steering wheel was just awesome: F1-inspired with a flat bottom, wrapped with leather and carbon fiber. You have controls, including an ignition button, push buttons on the spokes for the turn signals, the wiper switch, damper mode button and the driving mode "manettino" knob.
anettino is the same F1-type knob in a polished version to switch modes from Comfort, Sport, Wet and the ESC Off option. To add more drama, we’ve got the LEDs at the top of the rim that illuminate in a progressive manner. We also like those huge carbon fiber shift paddles just behind the steering wheel.
GTC4Lusso T’s flat-plane crankshaft V8 gets new pistons and intercoolers, a revised air intake, and a new exhaust system. While the GTC4Lusso’s V12 had a brawny and precise note, the V8 delivers an exotic howl despite the muffling effect of turbochargers. At low revs, you’d notice the shout is a little inconsistent and dull but as the revs climb past 5,000 rpm and all the way ticking the redline at 8,000 rpm: you get that exotic Ferrari thud-very Italian!
From the word go, the response was immediate and turbo lag was totally out of context. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle seems to be top notch. Engine revisions along with the twin-scroll turbos give it a striking throttle response that’s actually felt in a naturally aspirated engine. GTC4Lusso T is something with the best of both worlds: incredible low-rev kick with those big torque numbers to back, and a thrilling rush to the red-line. Then there are modes to select. There’s nothing wrong with the Auto mode, as it really behaved as I wished for and mind you I was nowhere near a racetrack. Comfort, as it suggests, is for smooth gearshifts and normal dampers, while Sport calls up the hasty, aggressive gear changes and the exhaust valve for a full-throated engine note. Ice and Wet (which we didn’t pay any attention) are meant for maximum traction. The carbon-ceramic brake rotors and massive calipers were highly responsive. There’s something worth citing about the new Variable Boost Management software that essentially increases torque output for each advancing gear, producing an exciting curve through the revs and allows for longer ratios in sixth and seventh gears.
So you can see Ferrari wanted the lighter, rear-drive Lusso T to have a sportier feel than the V12-reprogrammed the electronically controlled dampers and four-wheel steering system. The steering was light and there was contiguity to it. At higher speeds the rear wheels turn in level with the fronts or the frame’s ultra-quick 2.3 turns lock to lock. In faster corners and narrow lanes, the Lusso T responded truly and felt super balanced. You just need a little time with the car to gauge and control the steering and pedals-after all there’s loads of power in the pot. The chassis was well composed, keeping the car tight and gripped. There are many options like E-Diff, F1 TRAC, Side Slip Control 3.0, ESP 9.0 and SCM-E; further assuring stability. With a rear-wheel drive set-up, a shot to the throttle leading up to pounce through vigorously is enough to give the traction control a quick workout.
GTC4Lusso T’s twin-turbo V8 is as quick as GTC4Lusso’s V12 and also consumes way less fuel. The car was with us for three days and we found the GTC4Lusso T to be very much a grand tourer. I don’t think a move to rear-wheel drive really impacts a buyer’s decision-for the most part. The Lusso T makes out a good blend of a supercar and a four-seated luxurious privilege-all for a lesser price tag compared to the GTC4Lusso. V12 fans: are you reading this?
Pros: Engine power, lavish interior, genuine room for rear passengers, futuristic steering wheel, agile
Cons: The V12 soundtrack will still be missed
Rivals: Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin DB11
one word: the Italian oddball
3.9L V8 turbo engine, RWD, 601 hp @ 7,500 rpm, 760 Nm @ 3,000-5,250 rpm, 7-speed auto transmission
0-100 km/h: 3.5 secs, top speed: 320 km/h, fuel consumption: 12.5 L/100 km
Curb weight: 1,870 kg