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Ferrari hatchback gets new turbo V-8

Smaller turbocharged engine creates new challenges in vehicle dynamics

Published: October 3, 2016, 12:15 AM
Updated: October 5, 2016, 5:01 AM

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

How many times have you bypassed purchasing a Ferrari for reasons of cargo/passenger versatility and fuel economy?

Well, the iconic Italian marque removed one of those criticisms with the FF shooting brake introduced in 2011, following that up with the GTC4Lusso unveiled in this past spring in Geneva. And now it addresses the latter with the turbocharged GTC4Lusso T.

The GTC4Lusso T is the first Ferrari 4-seater to be powered by a V-8 (3.9 litres, 600 hp, 560 lb-ft of torque), which is loaded deep in the chassis to enhance handling characteristics by lowering the centre of gravity. Like other Ferrari engines, it’s powerful at all speeds (and sounds it!), and reacts sharply to throttle inputs.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T interior

Most notable of its many features is Variable Boost Management, software that adjusts torque delivery to suit the transmission gear selected to provide increasing power as revs rise, while optimizing fuel consumption. It’s one of the reasons the V-8 model gets 30% more range than the V-12.

Car handling has been enhanced through features such as rear wheel steering, which took on another challenge since the overall weight balance was skewed to the rear due to the lighter engine, a trait that also required massaging of the Magnaride SCM-E damper control system.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T seats

Side Slip Control is also on board, as is an electronic differential (integrated with F1-Trac) and the Manettino driving mode controller (Ice, Wet, Comfort, Sport and ESC Off) on the steering wheel.

The GTC4Lusso T’s wagon fastback-like silhouette is carried over unchanged from the V-12 model, with the cabin maintaining a dual cockpit design, with rich natural and manufactured materials; the latter are most prominent on the instrument panel highlighted by a 10.25-inch touchscreen.