In-Depth: Ferrari GTC4Lusso
There aren’t many four-seat hatchback supercars on the market which makes the Ferrari GTC4Lusso a rather unique model. The name itself is something of nostalgic elegance, nodding to both the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 and the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, all while replacing the Ferrari FF. One of two entries boasting a massive V12 engine on the brand’s main lineup, the GTC4Lusso brings more control to the road with four-wheel drive and steering. Like most models, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso has its own configurator with plenty of customization options to choose from. The newest entry to the main lineup, the GTC4Lusso has plenty to prove in this coupe-dominated segment.
The Ferrari GTC4Lusso first debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and is set to release in time for the 2017 model year. Similar to the fastback muscle cars of the mid-1960s, this supercar is both aggressive and sporty to say the least. The curved roof gives off a muscular look while Ferrari’s signature twin rear taillights shine brightly in the night.
The front of the car gives off a sense of power thanks to the large grille. Streamlined from front to back and top to bottom, the GTC4Lusso’s athletic, muscular stance is more than just beautiful – it’s practical as well.
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The GTC4Lusso is full of firsts and that includes the Dual Cockpit architecture that provides an optimal driving experience for all occupants. The two cockpits, driver and passenger, are separated by a central divider with controls for each cockpit. Nearly every inch of the GTC4Lusso is customizable, from floor mats to seat stitching, thanks to the available configurator.
The driver cockpit features a smaller steering wheel, making the dashboard and instruments easier to see. The controls themselves are designed to optimize ease of use, making driving the Ferrari GTC4Lusso an entirely new experience.
Like the driver cockpit, the passenger cockpit was spared no expense. All commands and controls are easily within reach, storage compartments are easily accessible, and softer armrests improve comfort. To top it all off, the wrap-around seats provide a comfort-oriented experience.
A 10.25-inch touchscreen sits front and center, complete with Split View function. Featuring the latest infotainment system, technology is top-notch to say the least.
Thanks to the exterior’s hatchback design, the interior provides plenty of room for both the passengers and their luggage. On top of that, there’s little room for improvement when it comes to the quality of materials used.
Under the Hood
Blasting off with a massive engine under the hood, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso packs a punch.
Powered by a 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine capable of producing 681 hp and 514 lb-ft of torque, this hatchback boasts a top speed of 208 mph. Reaching 62 mph (100km/h) in just 3.4 seconds, there’s little doubt it’s one of the fastest hatchbacks to hit the streets.
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Like the Ferrari FF it replaces, the GTC4Lusso features 4RM-S (four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering) and a whole host of other technologies. Paired with Magnaride, the GTC4Lusso ensures optimal comfort and performance on every type of road surface. Thanks to the use of both four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, taking sharp corners, keeping a tight grip on the road, and hitting high speeds all come standard in the GTC4Lusso.
The Ferrari GTC4Lusso will release in the final quarter of 2016 for the 2017 model year. Ferrari hasn’t been too forthcoming with the price tag just yet but expect something in the realm of $350,000.
- Joseph PudlewskiContributor
Joseph Pudlewski is somewhat of a writer and editor living in the village of Anna, Ohio. A graduate of Wright State University, he holds a B.A. in English and enjoys reading anything by Jules Verne. A third generation American, he chose to forego joining the Air Force, unlike his father and grandfather before him. He would much rather keep his feet on the ground, hence his interest in the automotive industry, although he has no fear of flying. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys playing video games and spending time with family.