When the Ferrari FF was brought into the world, it created quite a division among the people. Many praised the Italians for creating a shooting brake Ferrari, with a unique 4-wheel drive system, and a handsome design. Others berated the Italian marque for creating something other than a balls to the wall supercar.
I’ve always been a fan of shooting brakes, so it comes to no surprise that I am also a fan of the FF. Not only does it look nice, and sound nice, but also the FF is a very strong representation of the engineering capability of Ferrari. The 4-wheel drive system is a first of its kind, having not one but 2 separate gearboxes.
If I had to point out a gripe in the FF, it would be the styling. Yes it looks great, however I found the styling to be a bit lazy. The FF did not have a unique face of it’s own like the 458 or F12 have. Luckily Ferrari have redone the FF, and it seems to be more than just a nip-tuck job.
Now dubbed the GTC4 Lusso, this FF replacement is described by Ferrari as a “major evolution of the sporting Grand Tourer Concept”. In case your wondering what the meaning behind the “GTC” is, it’s Grand Tourer Concept. The “4” represents the 4-wheel drive system, while “Lusso” is an ode to the Ferraris of the past.
Starting with the design, the overall look and feel of the GTC4 is drastically different than that of the FF. Compared to the FF, the GTC4 seems to be a bit subtler, however still entices the senses with well placed curves. The front end has wider grills, which improve the airflow to the engine. The rear tapers off a bit more, has four separate tail-lights, and a unique spoiler. Ferrari states that the GTC4 has a substantially lower drag coefficient than the FF, which is quite impressive considering the FF was not a car that I would consider aerodynamically challenged.
The inside of the GTC4 is also very nicely executed. There is a new, smaller looking multifunction steering wheel with what appears to be more buttons. There is also an entirely new center console, which now houses a 10.5in touchscreen entertainment module. Though I’d have to see it in person to be sure, initially the GTC4 seems to be quite the car to live with.
On the mechanical end of the spectrum, the GTC4 Lusso sees modest gains in engine output. The 6.3L naturally aspirated V12 now produces 681hp and 514 lb/ft of torque. Ferrari claims a 0-60 time of 3.4s and a top speed of 208mph. To manage all that power and torque, the GTC4 is equipped with an updated 4-wheel drive system which now also incorporates 4-wheel steering. And for further assistance, the Lusso also is equipped with Ferrari’s 4th generation Slip Slide Control system, an electronic differential, and magnetic dampers.
Overall, the GTC4 Lusso seems to be a worthy replacement for the FF. It will be shown in the flesh at the Geneva Motor Show in the coming months. Expect prices to be well north of $250,000.