Recently, Ferrari has been on a more fuel-efficient route. For some, it may seem like this downsizing trend is keeping Ferrari from all the winning streaks it should be making at the racetrack but it too has some economic advantages considering the increasing gasoline prices.
The LaFerrari has been one of the first to be subjected to engine modifications thus adopting an energy recovery-based system that was first introduced on the HY-KERS concept car. The rest of the Ferrari range has also been subjected to engine modifications with most of the gang adopting turbochargers in the process.
This year, Ferrari will continue its downsizing trend and will be working on the GTC4Lusso T. The GTC4Lusso T will be the first four-passenger Ferrari to undergo this transformation. The “T” in its model name signifies that it is a lower-spec version of the turbocharged V12-engined GTC4 Lusso.
Just like the California T and the 488 GTB before it, the GTC4Lusso T will now have an optional 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. A variable torque program is also installed on the GTC4Lusso T to give the V8 a “more linear, naturally aspirated-like” behaviour by adjusting the torque output to fit with the gear for which the car is in. Although the V8 is less powerful than its original engine, it is capable of giving an output of 610 horsepower and 545 lb.-ft. torque which is just a 70-horsepower decrease (but a 30 lb.-ft. increase in torque).
Due to its smaller engine, the GTC4 T will have a lower curb weight; that is, this turbocharged Lusso is 110 pounds lighter than the original model and will now have a total dry weight of only 3,836 pounds. Now lighter than it has ever been, the GTC4 T can be as light as a feather when driven, with its weight distribution at 46:54 compared to the original 47:53 ratio.
Aside from its engine modification, the GTC4 T now features an enhanced aerodynamics, a larger trunk and defined/sharper edges. Its throttle response also has a remarkable change. However, it is only offered with a rear-wheel-only drive system due to a heightened weight bias on the rear leads. The GTC4 T can accelerate to 62 mph in only 3.5 seconds and has an estimated top speed of 200 mph.
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T will be unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Ferrari is expecting worldwide sales of 10,000 units (3,000 units more than its planned number of units) once deliveries commence by the second half of 2017. Pricing is yet to be announced but we’re expecting it to be cheaper than the original Ferrari GTC4 Lusso.