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FER­RARI RE­PLACES ITS FF GRAND TOURER WITH THE GTC4LUSSO

Virtuozity - - Auto News -

Fer­rari used this year’s Geneva Mo­tor Show to un­veil the Gtc4lusso, the four-seater, 12-cylin­der re­place­ment for the Fer­rari FF.

Like the FF, the Gtc4lusso fea­tures a ‘shoot­ing brake’ de­sign, with two doors at the sides and a hatch­back boot lid. In­side, there are four seats large enough to ac­com­mo­date adults, ap­pointed in much leather and lux­ury so that fam­i­lies can now tour across large dis­tances in ul­ti­mate com­fort.

They’ll also be go­ing ex­tremely quickly. The Gtc4lusso’s V12 de­vel­ops 690 hp and 697 Nm of torque. And with a dry weight of 1,790 kg, Fer­rari claims that the Gtc4lusso has a record-beat­ing power-to-weight ra­tio in this cat­e­gory. Ei­ther way, that amount of power is good for a 1-100 km/h dash in 3.4 sec­onds, and a top speed of 335 km/h.

Like the FF, the new car fea­tures four­wheel drive, courtesy of a new sys­tem patented by Fer­rari. The 4RM-S (four-wheel drive and steer­ing) sys­tem now in­cor­po­rates the elec­tronic dif­fer­en­tial (E-diff) and the SCM-E dampers. The name of the sys­tem also points to an­other fea­ture of the new car—four-wheel steer­ing, which Fer­rari says will al­low driv­ers to “ef­fort­lessly” han­dle the enor­mous amount of torque even on snow­cov­ered, wet or low-grip roads.

The Gtc4lusso’s high lev­els of per­for­mance are also due in part to new aero­dy­namic so­lu­tions, not least a new front grille with in­te­grated air in­takes to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of the ra­di­at­ing masses, the air vents on the wing that re­call those of the 330 GTC, a roof-mounted rear spoiler and a new triple-fence dif­fuser.

Cer­tainly this will be an im­por­tant car for many Fer­rari own­ers. The FF gained a rep­u­ta­tion as a truly user-friendly Fer­rari that could be driven day-to-day. Its fans were younger than tra­di­tional own­ers, and they clocked up 30% higher mileage than the av­er­age Fer­rari owner. The Pranc­ing Horse will be look­ing to keep those num­bers up with the Gtc4lusso.

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