Ferrari introduces new GTC4Lusso four-seater Grand Tourer a.k.a. FF successor

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 9, 2016

Ferrari is introducing its latest offering -- the Ferrari GTC4Lusso – replacing the Ferrari FF that was introduced years ago. The Ferrari GTC4Lusso is ideal for drivers who wanted to get their hands on a car that boasts of remarkable power while still offering excellent in-car comfort, immaculate detailing and sporty elegance.

Thus, this Ferrari sports car allows these drivers to fully enjoy any trip, any time, and any place. This kind of versatility is an improvement, if not at par, to what the Ferrari FF had offered. With these attributes, the new four-seater Ferrari GTC4Lusso is expected, just like its predecessor, to cater to younger clients who usually drive 30-percent more than Ferrari's average customers.

The name "GTC4Lusso" is a reference to a number of iconic Ferrari cars like the 330 GTC and the 330 GT. It is also a reference to the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, which embodies an inspiring blend of high performance and elegance. Moreover, the number 4 is a reference to the GTC4Lusso's four comfortable seats.

Exterior Design

GTC4Lusso features a design, courtesy of Ferrari Design, that significantly reinterprets the sporting Grand Tourer concept. Boasting of an exceptionally streamlined tapered shape for an almost fastback-like silhouette, the new Ferrari GTC4Lusso sports a rear where the curve of the roof has been lowered.

Despite that, the GTC4Lusso still offers more than enough space to ensure that its occupants remain comfortable during a trip as well as have ample room for their luggage. Its tail sports Ferrari’s signature twin rear lights, which serve to highlight the GTC4Lusso's muscular shoulders, thereby broadening it horizontally.

Moreover, these twin rear lights, along with the tail pipes, lend the rear an aura of dynamic power. Furthermore, the flanks of the GTC4Lusso feature a diapason theme created by the vigorously chiseled crease lines, which also highlight the car's muscular wheel arch.

Not to be taken for granted is the performance boost provided for by applying new aerodynamic elements like a new front grille with integrated air intakes and air vents on the wing reminiscent of those of the 330 GTC as well as a new triple-fence diffuser and a roof-mounted rear spoiler – all helping generate a Cd value that is significantly lower than that on the Ferrari FF.

Interior Design

Of course, Ferrari took painstaking efforts to make sure that the interior of the GTC4Lusso exudes an impeccable sense of sporty luxury. In fact, Ferrari blessed the GTC4Lusso with the Dual Cockpit architecture, which is designed to improve the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger.

With this architecture, passengers will have the option to get the display that comes with an array of functions. In addition, the GTC4Lusso comes with wraparound seats for all occupants, providing them with superb comfort and space.

Moreover, the GTC4Lusso has a new Infotainment platform that includes 10.25-inch HD screen with capacitive touch technology as well as a new and more compact steering wheel with a smaller air bag and more ergonomic integrated controls.

Powertrain

Powering the GTC4Lusso is a 12-cylinder engine that provides up to 690 cv of output at 8,000 rpm and up to 697 Nm at 5,750 rpm. Around 80 percent of torque is readily available at just 1,750 rpm, which means that the GTC4Lusso offers superb responsiveness even at low revs.

Moreover, the GTC4Lusso features class-leading weight-to-power and compression ratios (2.6 kg/cv and 13.5:1, respectively). Accentuating the dynamic and sporty nature of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is a rich and powerful soundtrack. Complementing the GTC4Lusso's power underneath its hood are several features that make the car remarkably versatile as it works well whatever the grip condition is.

Leading the charge is the Ferrari-patented 4RM Evo four-wheel drive system that is now integrated with rear-wheel steering – resulting to the newly patented 4RM-S (four-wheel drive and steering) system. This system represents the latest evolution of the Slip Side Control (4.0) system and now includes SCM-E dampers and electronic differential (E-Diff).

These systems work together seamlessly -- thanks to Ferrari’s proprietary software – to allow the driver of the GTC4Lusso to take better advantage of its enormous torque even when tackling roads covered with snow, water or mud. All of these help make the GTC4Lusso become more stable and easier to handle.

The result is an exceptional performance. Moreover, the new-generation SCM-E damper control helps the GTC4Lusso perform to its optimum potential and provide remarkable ride comfort even when traversing rough surfaces.

Press Release

THE FERRARI GTC4LUSSO DEBUTS AT THE GENEVA SHOW

The Ferrari GTC4Lusso debuts at the Geneva Show: class-leading performance, versatility in all driving conditions, sublime elegance.

A unique car, a whole new world

Maranello, 8 February 2016 – Ferrari announces the addition to its range of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, the new four-seater which hails a major evolution of the sporting Grand Tourer concept by integrating rear-wheel steering with four-wheel drive for the first time.

This is a car designed for clients wanting to experience the pleasure of driving a Ferrari anywhere, anytime, be it on short spins or long journeys, snowy mountain roads or city streets, alone or in the company of three lucky passengers. Drivers who demand exceptional power but refuse to compromise on in-car comfort, sporty elegance and impeccable detailing. In short, the GTC4Lusso brings unprecedented versatility to Ferrari driving, like the FF before it which won the Prancing Horse a new, younger client base that, significantly, also makes greater use of its cars, clocking up 30% higher mileage than average.

The GTC4Lusso’s name references illustrious predecessors, such as the 330 GTC or its 2+2 sister model, the 330 GT - one of Enzo Ferrari’s favourites - and the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, which represented a sublime combination of elegance and high performance. The number 4 alludes to the car’s four comfortable seats.

Engine

The GTC4Lusso’s 12-cylinder engine delivers smooth, consistent power, punching out a massive 690 cv at 8,000 rpm. Both its 2.6 kg/cv weight-to-power ratio and its 13.5:1 compression ratio set new records for the category. Maximum torque is 697 Nm at 5,750 rpm with 80% already available at just 1,750 rpm for superb responsiveness even at low revs. The soundtrack brilliantly reflects the car’s multifaceted personality: it is rich and powerful in performance driving and discreet yet harmonious in the city.

Dynamics

The Ferrari GTC4Lusso is an exceptionally versatile car in every kind of grip condition thanks to the Ferrari-patented 4RM Evo four-wheel drive system which is integrated with rear-wheel steering for the first time. The result is the newly-patented 4RM-S (four-wheel drive and steering) system which, based on yet another exclusive Prancing Horse patent, the latest evolution of the Slip Side Control (4.0) system, now incorporates the electronic differential (E-Diff) and the SCM-E dampers. All these sophisticated vehicle dynamics controls are seamlessly integrated by Ferrari’s proprietary software and enable the driver to effortlessly handle the GTC4Lusso’s extraordinary torque even on snow-covered, wet or low grip roads. The result is tremendous stability and a sensation of masterful control and security that translates into superior performance. The new-generation SCM-E damper control also contributes to improving performance on rough surfaces and, of course, to superior ride comfort.

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. The combined effect of these features is a Cd value that is substantially lower than on the FF.

Style

Penned by Ferrari Design, the GTC4Lusso is a further refinement of the shooting brake coupé, reinterpreting the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape that gives it an almost fastback-like silhouette.

Its sporty soul is underscored by the forms and styling of the rear where the curve of the roof has been lowered whilst retaining enough volume to guarantee exceptional space and comfort for all four occupants, as well as an ample luggage compartment. Ferrari’s signature twin rear lights adorn the tail. These not only emphasise the car’s muscular shoulders and broaden it horizontally, but work visually with the tail pipes to lend a sense of imposing power to the rear. Dynamically chiselled crease lines create a diapason theme along the car’s flanks, breaking up the optical mass, accentuating the muscular wheelarch and imparting a sculpted athleticism.

Interior

Meticulous attention to design and carefully executed detailing has produced a cabin that is a flawless triumph of sporty luxury. Its Dual Cockpit architecture is another first, designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger, with the latter having their own generous optional display with a plethora of functions.

That innovative architecture aside, the cabin’s most striking feature is the beautiful craftsmanship of the materials which have been painstakingly selected and combined to enrich the atmosphere on board.

Generous wraparound seats guarantee all four occupants exceptional comfort and room, creating the same ambience as a luxurious living space.

The GTC4Lusso also debuts the new Infotainment platform featuring a 10.25” HD screen with capacitive touch technology. The new steering wheel is more compact thanks to a smaller air bag and the integrated controls are more ergonomic than ever, making for an even sportier driving experience.

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