All this while, buying a brand new Ferrari offers endless possibilities of personalisation, but the powerplant is always fixed. It’s a bit like degustation at fine dining restaurants, the chef decides what you eat. The GTC4Lusso is the first Ferrari to hand you a menu for the engine.
It’s just an extra alphabet at the end of the name, but the GTC4Lusso T makes history in becoming Ferrari’s first front-engined V8 Grand Tourer. Amazing indeed that the derivative variant ended up breaking more ground than the original model, for the V12 GTC4Lusso carries on from the preceding Ferrari FF, inheriting its shooting brake profile, engine, transmission, and Ferrari’s own unique take on an AWD system, whilst adding four-wheel steering into the equation.
Just like it was with the FF, your first look at the GTC4Lusso’s breadvan profile is likely to leave jarring impressions. Its silhouette does not exhibit typical Ferrari proportions, and the effectiveness of its design is indeed open to debate. One thing’s not in question, however, is that there’s nothing out there that looks quite like this.
This is the closest thing Ferrari has to a family car, and yet the cabin is practically situated in a different postcode from the front axle – all passenger space crammed into the rear half of the vehicle’s overall length, thus giving room for the engine, be it V8 or V12, to sit entirely behind the front wheels. It is entirely in keeping with Ferrari’s ethos, however, as all aspects of the car’s engineering and design are subservient to performance and dynamic considerations.