Ferrari GTC4Lusso is the facelifted FF with styling upgrades and an uprated V12 engine that produces 680 bhp and 697 Nm torque
The Ferrari GTC4Lusso is the facelifted version of the four-wheel drive grand tourer, the FF. After its initial unveiling in February last year, it made its first public appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The four-seater FF was the replacement to the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti and the full-sized GT strapped with a 651 bhp V12 featuring the first four-wheel drive system from Maranello to be produced in large numbers when it was launched back in 2011.
To distinguish from the original FF, the facelifted model gets a new name, GTC4Lusso, accompanied by several styling upgrades to enhance the already glorious body whilst improving aero efficiency with subtle devices employed in. The all-new larger front grille has integrated air inlets for engine and brake cooling, headlamp cluster borrowing styling cues from the alluring 458 Italia, rear-mounted spoiler to enhance downforce, air vents on the rear wing, GT-racing inspired rear diffuser, side scoops exiting the front fenders, front dive planes on the edge to regulate air flow and so on.
All these changes have helped the fabled Italian sports car maker to attain very low drag coefficient. Aimed at more young buyers, ‘4’ in the GTC4Lusso refers to the four seating capacity and it reminisces some of the iconic GT Ferraris the company has ever produced like the 330 GT 2+2 and the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso much loved by the founder himself, Enzo Ferrari.
The GTC4Lusso gets power from the F140 6.2-litre naturally aspirated front mid-engined V12 unit that already does duties in the FF. But it has been slightly tweaked to give more horsepower. With 29 bhp increase, the facelifted FF now produces 680 bhp as against 651 bhp of its predecessor. At 8,000 rpm, all the divine 680 bhp can be reached says Ferrari with the highest torque range of 697 Nm can be achieved at 5,750 rpm.
This is about 14 Nm hike in torque and the peak range can be felt 250 rpm sooner than what was seen in the outgoing model with 80 percent of it available from the lower rev range of 1750 rpm. Driving all four-wheels is the seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with flappy paddles at the back of the steering wheel.
The GTC4Lusso is three tenths quicker than the outgoing FF as it can sprint from standstill to 100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds before topping out 208 mph (335 kmph). Most significantly, the GTC4Lusso has been incorporated with 4RM-S rear-wheel steering for the first time featuring Slip Slide Control to tackle traction-less surface conditions like on snow.
The three-door shooting brake body style, designed by Pininfarina firm (76.06% now owned by Mahindra) and Flavio Manzoni, is retained alongside interior modifications like Delphi-made new 10.25-inch larger touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility, dual cockpit display to enable speedometer reading and engine information for co-driver besides a newly employed G-Force meter.
The signature Manettino switch on the steering wheel has been redesigned with new button controls for hands-free telephony and comprises a recess to hold key positioned between the seats while driving. It measures about 4,922 mm in length, 1,980 mm in width, 1,383 mm in height with a dry kerb weight of 1,790 kg. Accompanying its smaller T version, it has been priced at Rs. 5.20 crore in the Indian market and rivals Aston Martin DB11 and Bentley Continental GT.