November 17, 2017
2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T: Embrace the V-8
The V-12 substituted by the twin-turbo V-8 whereas the rear-drive steps in for all-wheel drive.
The GTC4Lusso derives its foundation stone from the Ferrari FF, the 2012 model that paved way for the all-wheel drive and the shooting-brake body style to the four-place Ferrari grand touring car. The GTC4Lusso refined the styling and the other aspects of the car, but left behind the powertrain layout alone. The Lusso T, which will storm the market parallel to the Lusso, makes use of Ferrari’s twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 which could also be glimpsed in the Portofino.
The Lusso T isn’t just witness to an engine swap, but also substitutes the complicated and unusual all-wheel-drive system with a simpler and much lighter rear-wheel drive. The summation of these smart changes results in a claimed weight-drop of 121 pounds. Credits to the weight-reduction at the car’s front end, the rear weight bias jumps one place higher to 54 percent from 53.
The V-8, occupies the heart of the matter as the old flat-plane-crankshaft is showered upon the new pistons and inter-coolers, a new exhaust system and a revised air intake. As a result, the powertrain’s maximum output is equivalent to 602 horsepower at 7500 rpm in comparison with the 591 hp for the Portofino and 661 hp for the 488GTB.
As the Auto-giant claims, the V8 offers a tough competition to the mighty V-12 and falls short by merely 0.1 second in the sprint from 0-62mph (3.5 seconds versus 3.4s). The V8 doesn’t fail to impress with the top speed either, where it is capable of touching 199 mph against the V-12’s 208. Coupled with Ferrari’s proven seven-speed dual-clutch and automatic Tran’s axle, the car responds back in a flash.
The car is equipped with all kinds of power, and coupes well with the replacement of the all-wheel drive to help get the grunt to the ground. As this car is designed to blur the scenery in a fraction of the moment, you are just an ankle away from its frenetic acceleration.
Smooth Sound Switching
Ferrari gives credit to the V-8’s equal exhaust manifolds and flat-plane crankshaft in catering to a striking whine irrespective of the dampening effect of turbochargers. When the revs soar past 5000 rpm while you are en’ route to the 8000-rpm mark, the engine delivers the marquee Ferrari sound. Alternatively, this engine is a fairly muted, whereas the exhaust note is more mundane. The manettino selector’s Sport setting throws open a flap that rests in the exhaust, but the note only changes under light-throttle cruising. Bring your car to a stop and the engine takes no time to go silent.
As applies to a grand tourer, the Lusso T’s cabin offers prime comfort. The driver’s chair caters to a terrific thigh support. This Ferrari is adequately airy and allows you to easily explore the environment-outdoors, thanks to the princely glass area and fine pillars. In fact, the optional panoramic glass roof further brightens the interior— other than tallying considerable mass, if you bother to care about such things.
Rich leather— available in more than dozen colors to choose from- thoroughly covers the length and breadth of the entire interior surface that isn’t brushed metal or carbon fibre as the cabin bids an adieu to the hard plastic. Just like the other Ferraris, the Lusso T boasts a large tachometer placed in front of the driver, with digital gear readout incorporated within. Neighbouring it is a couple of configurable screens, where the right one could work as a speedometer gauge, whereas the digital readout occupies a small place beneath the left screen. The dashboard showcases a 10.3-inch central touchscreen which is assisted by a handful of knobs and buttons.
This Ferrari guarantees a great driving experience; even when it misses on the V-12. You save yourself a great deal of money around $40k just by opting for the V-8. Visually, the two Lusso variants are quite impactful: The only obvious features that differentiate them are the exhaust tips and designs of the wheels. The GTC4Lusso T is simply a wonderful machine, but if given a choice, we’d go for the front-engine Ferrari with 12 cylinders.