What is it?
It probably doesn’t sound flattering to suggest that Ferrari’s latest four-seater, the GTC4 Lusso T, is made up of a convenient collection of pre-existing components and assemblies, given that, like every modern Ferrari, it delivers exalted performance and impressive looks.
Yet it’s true: every element of this car was built in the first place for a different purpose than this one, and it seems legitimate to speculate on how the buyer – who is being asked to pay a price starting at more than £200,000 and extending beyond £250,000 if you choose the options fitted to our test car – feels about that. Most big-name supercars have a very singular provenance.
What's it like?
So to the burning questions. Is this a great car? Is it a great Ferrari? Well, it’s certainly big, as noted, but that hardly matters when it’s intended as a very low, long-wheelbase, long-distance GT that genuinely lets four medium-sized adults (rather than giants) settle into its firm, beautifully made seats. And especially when Ferrari owners generally have other cars they can drive in the congested parts of towns. Having said which, the Lusso’s too-generous width may give you an uncomfortable time on your way out of town, heading for the roads where you can give the car its head.
Once in its natural habitat, the Lusso T is enormously quick and capable, with near-instant throttle response (one of the reasons its 3855cc engine has dual twin-scroll turbos) and 602bhp at 7500rpm.
Much of the car’s controls are familiar from the FF, including the five-mode steering-wheel-mounted manettino, which never fails (even in this comparatively huge machine) to make you think Formula 1. The 0-60mph time is in the low three-second area, and you can do (effectively) 200mph if you can find the place. The V8 will seem fabulous to anyone who hasn’t driven a V12, but there’s a magnificent depth to that most original of Ferrari engines, the 12-pot, that makes it even better.