2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso gets ‘T’ turbo V8 variant
Ferrari unveiled a successor to the FF, the GTC4Lusso, earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V12, the GTC4Lusso originally debuted as the fastest four-seater in the world. Now, the V12 powered GTC4 has been given some company in the form of a new Turbo V8 model, the GTC4Lusso T.
The 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 is derived from the 488 GTB which has ample oomph to charge from 0 to 100 in 3.5 seconds, which is just a tenth of a second slower than its V12 sister. The top speed is a bit lower though. It is 15 kph slower than the V12 at 320 kph, which is still nothing to shrug at. The turbo engine produces 610 hp at 7500 rpm, and the 760 Nm of torque is available from engine speeds as low as 3500 rpm. Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management system claims to reduce turbo-lag in all gears.
The new V8 will only be available in rear-wheel-drive while the V12 can be ordered with an all-wheel-drive system. The new drive configuration demands a recalibrated rear-wheel steering system and customised dynamic control systems. The V8 has shed 50 kg of weight as it tips the scale at 1740 kg. The new engine and drivetrain layout has resulted in a different weight distribution ratio as well, 46% at the front and 54% at the back.
The fuel consumption of the new V8 GTC4Lusso T is significantly lower than that of the V12. It fell down steeply from 15.3 litres/100 km for the V12 to 11.6 litres/100 km for the turbo V8.
The ‘T’ was revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show last week. Expect the new model to debut in UAE and GCC showrooms by the end of 2016.