2019 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
Ferrari’s FF model of 2011 really raised a few eyebrows with its extended-coupe styling. But what you couldn’t argue with was the practicality of the layout which gave a proper four-seat vehicle. The GTC4 Lusso was the successor to the FF, bringing with it a refinement of the styling, but retaining the all-wheel-drive platform and normally-aspirated V12 engine.
But with the GTC4 Lusso T of 2017, Ferrari had revisited the concept yet again, resulting in the car you see here. While the overall proportions were the same, retaining the proper four-seat arrangement (as opposed to a 2+2, occasional four-seat layout) the GTC4 Lusso T was fitted with the turbocharged V8 engine, still in the original mid-front position, but providing a more efficient, modern powerplant with a huge spread of power and torque.
The other big change from the original GTC4 Lusso (and the FF) was that the T model dropped the heavier, more complex all-wheel-drive layout in favour of a conventional rear-wheel-drive system. The T did, however, retain the earlier cars’ four-wheel-steering system that hides the extra wheelbase of the platform by improving agility and lane-changing prowess without compromising high-speed stability.
The end result is a car that is swift but frugal and can still carry four people and their luggage in true grand touring style. The rear seats are not just for looks, either; each rear position includes a proper sports bucket seat, ample legroom and the addition of rear air vents and storage spaces to underline that point.
Features include: Apple CarPlay, suspension lifter, red brake calipers, panoramic roof, stitched Cavallinos in headrests, carbon-fibre steering wheel with LEDs, Alcantara inserts, yellow tachometer, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, reversing camera, dual-zone climate control, navigation.