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.