Earlier this year, Ferrari said goodbye to the FF and welcomed the GTC4Lusso into its family of pedigree performance cars. It was neither a revolutionary nor radical change, but the Lusso had big shoes to fill in place of the critically-acclaimed modern luxury tourer. With a clever facelift and some extra muscle, the GTC4Lusso was born. Now, the Italian marque has released a second version, titled the GTC4Lusso T (clearly for ‘turbo’).
Slated to roll out at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the new Lusso T is Ferrari’s answer to a brand new demographic — families — so the car is presumably tamer. While some things just got bigger, such as the boot space and seating capacity, several downsizings include swapping the covetable V12 for a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 found in the California T and 488 GTB; and a rear-wheel drive rather than the previous all-wheel option.
But Ferrari would never allow the “T” to slide in terms of performance; this front-engined coupé is not only capable of 100kph in 3.5 seconds, but keep your foot on the accelerator and it’ll propel you (and your terrified kids) to 320kph. This car might not compare to the V12’s 680hp, but 610hp isn’t a slouch for grocery runs and road trips either.
Like its predecessor, the GTC4Lusso T channels through a standard seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Ferrari promises its four-seater will perform better with zero turbo lag, thanks to a new Variable Boost Management system that produces a more linear delivery of power. The result, the hallowed carmaker claims, is superbly progressive acceleration.
The GTC4Lusso T also has dynamic controls that have been specifically calibrated to boost responsiveness to commands. The 4WS rear-wheel steering system is integrated with Side Slip Control to make for more responsive steering — useful for navigating twisty roads despite the car’s prodigious well of horsepower.