What is it?
This is the recently facelifted and rather clumsily relabelled Ferrari FF in new, smaller engined form as a lower-priced, less complex alternative to the four-wheel drive V12 GTC Lusso. It’s the first time Ferrari has ever offered a choice of engines in one bodystyle, this slightly more affordable GTC shorn of four cylinders, the front-wheel drive element of the V12’s all-wheel drive transmission and 88bhp.
Gains include twin turbos, intercoolers and extensive plumbing that explain a 55kg weight saving more modest than might be expected, a potentially more entertaining 46:54 front:rear weight distribution than the V12’s 47:53 apportionment and the surprising bonus of a 47lb ft net gain in torque, the 561lb ft peak more generously spread between 3000 and 5250rpm. There’s also a 32% fuel economy gain, while CO2 emissions fall substantially from 350g/km to 265g/km.
The GTC V8 (why didn’t they call it that?) is also less expensive at £199,285, a price few will pay given the scope for rampaging through an extensive options list that includes an illuminating acre of panoramic roof, an instrument screen to terrify your passenger and multiple chances to demonstrate the scale of your wealth through the medium of carbonfibre.
However, the essence of the GTC remains unchanged, its unusually proportioned body providing impressively generous space for four, a powered hatchback, folding 40:20:40 rear seats and a not quite so generous boot. Rear-wheel steering, an e-differential and Ferrari’s driver skills-enhancing side slip control are among your arsenal for Tarmac attacks, along with a fine set of forged Y-spoke 20in rims, perfectly positioned paddleshifts and Ferrari’s excellent manettino which does not include a track setting for this grand touring car.