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.
In this case, the large (4.92m-long) four-seat body started life in the four-wheel-drive FF, a car created to persuade the faithful to take a Ferrari away on skiing weekends rather than the family SUV. The FF’s mighty, normally aspirated V12 is replaced in the Lusso T by a twin-turbo V8, mainly because that’s what Ferrari mostly makes now, to get the CO2 numbers down. Even the use of the Lusso name, borrowed from a couple of distinguished historic Ferrari models, looks more a matter of expediency than sentiment. Ferrari under CEO Sergio Marchionne is a more commercial enterprise than ever, and maybe this is some of the evidence.
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.
The low centre of gravity, the exaggeratedly rear-mounted cabin, the long wheelbase and the better weight distribution of the more centrally mounted V8 all combine to give the Lusso a superbly flat ride, even though it’s never anywhere near soft. The Magneride adjustable dampers offer you anything from firm to rock hard, but as with most Ferraris, we found Sport was the right setting. The steering is accurate, firm and quick-acting, another aid to manoeuvring a machine that usually feels agile for its size.
Should I buy one?
Will the Lusso T prosper? Ferraris that aren’t pure two-seaters rarely hit the absolute front rank of Prancing Horse popularity. Still, if carrying four really matters to you and you don’t mind sacrificing a few percent of dynamic excellence for the purpose, this is one of the rare full-on supercars that will do it. And in style.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T Specifications:
Where Surrey On sale Now Price £200,165 Engine V8, 3855cc, twin-turbo, petrol Power 602bhp at 7500rpm Torque 561lb ft at 3000-5250rpm Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic Kerb weight 1865kg 0-62mph 3.5sec Top speed 199mph Economy 24.4mpg (combined) CO2, tax band 265g/km, 37% RivalsBentley Continental GT, Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupé