Fer­rari GTC4Lusso is racy and roomy

The Star Early Edition - - NEW MODELS - DENIS DROPPA

IT’S FAST, it’s beau­ti­ful, and it’s the clos­est thing Fer­rari has to a ‘fam­ily’ car.

The new GTC4Lusso has been launched in South Africa and the Ital­ian grand tourer boasts some im­pres­sive num­bers: 12 cylin­ders, a 335km/h top speed, 0-100km/h in 3.4 sec­onds, and a R6.2-mil­lion price tag.

But it’s the num­ber four that plays just as big a part in this lat­est ad­di­tion to the Fer­rari sta­ble. Un­der that un­usual sta­tion­wagon-coupe shape is a large cabin that can take four full-sized adults in com­fort, mak­ing it a more so­cia­ble Fer­rari that al­lows the driver to take more than one per­son along for the hair-rais­ing ride. Its boot swal­lows a fam­ily-sized amount of lug­gage too, of­fer­ing 450 litres ex­pand­able to 800 litres with the rear seats flipped down.

It also has four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer­ing to give this pow­er­ful brute the road­hold­ing to tame its 507kW and 697Nm out­puts, even on snow-cov­ered or wet roads.

Maranello, al­most alone in the mo­tor in­dus­try, is stand­ing firm in not of­fer­ing an SUV in its range (for which purists will prob­a­bly be thank­ful), but with its all-wheel drive and prac­ti­cal ground clear­ance the FF’s the clos­est the pranc­ing horse has ever come.

The 4WS (rear-wheel steer­ing), which is in­te­grated with Side Slip Con­trol (SSC3), gives the big car more agility in cor­ners and also bet­ter high­speed sta­bil­ity.

The front-mid mounted 6.3-litre V12 is a nor­mally-as­pi­rated en­gine that red­lines at a heady 82500rpm and fires power to both axles through a 7-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion.

There are big changes in­side the cabin, in­clud­ing a new steer­ing wheel and a mod­ernised in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with sep­a­rate touch­screens for the driver and front pas­sen­ger.

The car, suc­ces­sor to the Fer­rari FF, was un­veiled at last week’s open­ing of Scud­e­ria South Africa’s brand new Cape Town deal­er­ship at the V&A Water­front.

“The GTC4Lusso brings un­prece­dented ver­sa­til­ity to Fer­rari driv­ing, like the FF be­fore it,” says Mervyn Ea­gles, CEO of Scud­e­ria South Africa.

“Through the FF, won the Pranc­ing Horse a new, younger client base that also makes greater use of its cars, clock­ing up 30% higher mileage than av­er­age and thus suc­cess is set to con­tinue with the GTC4Lusso.”

The name of this new model hints at some il­lus­tri­ous pre­de­ces­sors in­clud­ing the 330 GTC, its 2+2 sis­ter model, the 330 GT, and the 250 GT Ber­linetta Lusso.

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