2018 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 1LE
A Raw Animal Worth
Even before we drove it, this “differently shaped” four-seat Ferrari had earned our thumbs-up simply for its bravura uniqueness. “I love wagons!” Pilgrim summed up—though the Lusso T is about as far from a Wagon Queen Family Truckster as Clark W. Griswold could get.
Ferrari first unveiled the V-12, all-wheel-drive GTC 4 Lusso as an improved follow-up to the FF— popular for family skiing getaways among Europe’s well-heeled St. Moritz set. Now comes the more “affordable” Lusso T—which drops the naturally aspirated V-12 in favor of a turbocharged V-8 and trades the AWD system for a simpler reardrive setup (and a claimed weight savings of 121 pounds).
The result is a prancing horse of a slightly different color. You’ll save about $45K picking the V-8 over the V-12. Range improves by about 30 percent. And there’s a bit more liveliness in the Lusso T’s sprightlier front end (though you won’t enjoy the same traction on slippery surfaces).
Otherwise, the two cars are remarkably similar. The speed is still there: Ferrari claims the Lusso T is just one-tenth slower to 60 mph than the V-12 (and the turbo V-8 makes a lot more torque). The shifter is the same brilliant sevenspeed dual-clutch unit. The cockpit is the same sumptuous space of rich Italian leather. Said Pilgrim: “I’d buy a can of air freshener if it smelled like the Lusso’s interior.” And, yes, you really can fit two fullsize adults in those rear seats.
So why no All-Stars winner trophy? “Nice-looking machine, but it really doesn’t say ‘Ferrari’ to me,” Cumberford said. Noordeloos added: “Its steering is too quick and self-centering.” Said Wasef:
“It’s entrancing on the road, but on the track I wanted to like it more. Shouldn’t every Ferrari acquit itself on the circuit?”
In short, it’s a great car competing in a really great year. — Arthur St. Antoine
Four Fewer Cylinders, Same Sublime Drive
PRICE: $62,495/$73,485 (base/as tested) ENGINE: 6.2L OHV 16-valve supercharged V-8/ 650 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 650 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual LAYOUT: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe EPA MILEAGE: 14/20 mpg (city/hwy) L...