Fer­rari’s ‘GTC4 Lusso T’ is here; why you should se­ri­ously con­sider a wagon.

TREAT YOUR OLD MAN TO SOME­THING HE RE­ALLY WANTS: A CAR THAT COM­BINES ADREN­A­LINE KICKS AND UNIQUE AU­TO­MO­TIVE BEAUTY WITH AN ABIL­ITY TO DO THE SCHOOL RUN. ALL FOR $500K. (B ECAUSE, IT’S FA­THER’S DAY.)

GQ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - WORDS RICHARD CLUNE

Denise, would you come and have a look at this thing... It’s only a fuckin’ Fer­rari.” That’s right, only a fuckin’ Fer­rari. To be fair to the man – we didn’t catch a name, but the deep-red RSL tan says it was prob­a­bly ‘Ken’ – he was right to to call on Denise as a sec­ondary wit­ness. A re­gional NSW car­a­van park fi­five hours south of Syd­ney isn’t the usual place you’d ex­pect to fifind a Pranc­ing Horse. Can­ber­rans? Sure, plenty of those. But a piece of engi­neer­ing ge­nius all the way from Maranello? Not so much. We’d landed next to Ken’s white, yel­low and green Victory in our ‘Gtc4lusso T’. That is, a four-seat Fer­rari pitched at be­ing a fam­ily-friendly daily driver. One that hap­pens to come with lash­ings of lux­ury and a stonk­ingly de­cent donk. It all means this is a car suf­fer­ing an ap­peal­ing case of mul­ti­ple per­son­al­ity dis­or­der – ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing un­bri­dled fun as well as en­abling you to mix with the com­mon man. “How much that set you back, then?” Ken would later en­quire over a com­mu­nal hot­plate set to ‘burn’. And we knew the re­sponse – $500,000 – would elicit a whis­tle, not words. But what we didn’t ex­pect was for Ken to state how he could see worth and beauty in it and how, were he a younger man he may even con­sider such a mo­tor. Af­ter time with the ‘Lusso T’, we agree. This is a damn fifine car. And not one that screams cer­tain things about its driver (wanker or worse ‘new money’) like some Fer­raris can. That shape, which can be po­lar­is­ing, is in our view in­cred­i­bly mag­netic in its sporty and unique flflesh. It’s long and wide and won­der­ful and dif­fer­ent, serv­ing to dent pre-con­ceived per­cep­tions of what Fer­raris are about. The mouth­ful – ‘Gtc4lusso T’ – ac­tu­ally de­fifines what this car is about: a grand tourer coupe with four seats and a fi­firm fo­cus on lux­ury (that would be lusso in Ital­iano). As for the T – it dif­fer­en­ti­ates this new twin­tur­bocharged V8 from the nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated V12. There, now you know. The purists, as purists do, wail about Fer­rari low­er­ing its en­gine fi­fig­ures. As if a su­per­car can’t own such a pre­fi­fix be­cause of it. Bol­locks. This ever-sharp 3.9-litre V8 does the busi­ness, mated to a seven-speed box and pro­duc­ing 449kw of power and 760Nm torque. What that means for Ken and the real world is a car that’ll flfly down a south coast high­way, claim­ing a 0-100km/h time of 3.5 sec­onds (just .01 sec­onds be­hind the V12). It’s not sub-three crazy quick but it’s also more than ad­e­quate, es­pe­cially when you’ve two lit­tle peo­ple strapped in the back. And you’d want to be a lit­tle per­son back there, given it’s a lit­tle snug for any­one nudg­ing 6ft. The cabin it­self is all leath­ery lux­ury fifin­ishes with flflashes of car­bon fi­fi­bre; ex­otic and sporty and with a large 10.3-inch touch­screen that in­cludes an op­tional pas­sen­ger dis­play. The T’s en­gine note is more muted than that of its big­ger sib­ling and what’s emit­ted from ‘proper’ Fer­raris – but then this still growls and an­nounces its pres­ence, able to turn the heads that hadn’t al­ready clocked the prowl­ing shape. Un­like the V12, power’s pumped solely to the rear wheels which makes for some fun even though we couldn’t fault the in­cred­i­ble trac­tion and the car’s un­ex­pected agility through a series of tight and twisty hill climbs. Yes, this is a Fer­rari that you could hap­pily cud­dle in life. A car that re­ally can multi-task like few oth­ers – should you need to con­vince some­one, a man named Ken per­haps, that own­ing a “fuckin’” Fer­rari like this means open­ing up to some fun and the oc­ca­sional burnt snag at a re­mote car­a­van park.

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