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.)
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.