Meet Ferrari's very first four-seater model to rock a turbocharged V8 engine.
Ferrari took the wraps off the V12-powered, all-wheel-drive GTC4Lusso earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show to serve as a replacement for the FF. Now, for the upcoming Paris Motor Show, the naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V12 engine of the regular GTC4Lusso will have a turbocharged companion in the form of a 3.9-liter V8 inside the brand new RWD-only GTC4Lusso T.
The eight-cylinder engine derived from the 488 GTB is able to unleash a mighty 610 horsepower (448 kilowatts) at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 561 pound-feet (760 Newton-meters) attainable from 3,000 rpm. That will be enough turbocharged prancing horse power to allow the GTC4Lusso T sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in three and a half seconds, making it only a tenth of a second slower than the V12 beast. In terms of maximum velocity, the latest product to come from Maranello will be able to reach more than 200 mph (320 kph), so it will have a tad lower top speed than its 208-mph (335-kph) NA counterpart.
Tipping the scales at 1,740 kilograms (3,836 pounds, dry), the turbocharged Ferrari GTC4Lusso is 50 kg (110 lbs) lighter than the V12-equipped model. The loss of four cylinders and the adoption of a RWD-only layout along with turbocharging had a slight impact on the weight distribution as well, now at 46% front and 54% rear, instead of the regular version’s 47% front and 53% rear.
Besides getting a different engine and a RWD setup, the GTC4Lusso T comes with a recalibrated rear-wheel steering more responsive than before and it has also received additional updates to its other dynamic control systems. Ferrari promises the instant throttle response of the V8 will enable a virtually zero turbo lag also thanks to the Variable Boost Management granting “a feeling of vivid but superbly progressive acceleration” throughout all the gears.
Not like it matters a great deal when dealing with a supercar, but fuel consumption in the combined cycle is down from the 15.3 liters of the V12 model to 11.6 liters / 100 km as a result of the smaller and turbocharged engine. Consequently, CO2 emissions have dropped from 350 g/km to 265 g/km.
Ferrari will have the GTC4Lusso T on display in October at the Paris Motor Show where the LaFerrari will also drop its top with the new sold-out Aperta version.
Gallery: Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
THE FERRARI GTC4LUSSO T REVEALED
First four-seater in Prancing Horse history with V8 turbo
Official debut at upcoming Paris Show
Maranello, 22 September 2016 – The upcoming Paris Motor Show provides the venue for the unveiling of the GTC4Lusso T, the first four-seater in Prancing Horse history to sport a turbo-charged V8 engine, hailing a whole new Ferrari GT concept aimed at owners seeking a car that is sporty and versatile, as well as perfect for driving on a daily basis.
The new GT effortlessly marries elegance, superb occupant comfort and sportiness with the thrilling driving dynamics delivered by a combination of rear-wheel-only drive, four-wheel steering, lighter overall weight and increased weight bias towards the rear (46:54).
The car’s 3.9-litre V8 turbo is the latest evolution to emerge from the engine family that was nominated the 2016 International Engine of the Year. Its maximum power output is 610 cv at 7,500 rpm while maximum torque of 760 Nm is available at between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm.
The V8 turbo’s characteristics suit day-to-day driving in urban contexts: a rich powerful soundtrack in acceleration that becomes more muted at lower speeds, rapid pick-up from low revs courtesy of versatile, modular torque delivery and, last but not least, excellent range.
The GTC4Lusso T’s dynamic control systems have been specifically calibrated to boost responsiveness to commands. In particular, the 4WS (rear-wheel steering), which is integrated with Side Slip Control (SSC3), makes for more rapid response to steering wheel inputs entering and exiting corners, thanks to the rear wheels steering in the same direction as the front ones.
The feeling of longitudinal performance in this new model has been enhanced at low speeds by Variable Boost Management and underscored by throttle response with zero turbo lag. Thanks to variable torque curves (VBM) between 3rd and 7th gear, longitudinal acceleration is consistent through the ratios, increasing smoothly with engine speed, resulting in a feeling of vivid but superbly progressive acceleration.
The GTC4Lusso T’s styling remains the same innovative take on the shooting brake coupé, reinterpreting the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape that gives it an almost fastback-like silhouette. The cabin is an effortless melding of distinctive Ferrari styling and the luxurious elegance expected of a four-seater GT. The GTC4Lusso T features the unique Dual Cockpit architecture, designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger. It also incorporates the latest iteration of the infotainment system complete with an impressive 10.25” HD capacitive touchscreen.