Ferrari GTC4 Lusso 2018 review

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For exactly six years, the biggest problem I had with exotic cars was that my son went crazy when I couldn’t take him. As the father of car-obsessed boys, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is the best that ever came from Maranello.

Some argue that Ferrari’s two-seater super sports cars and that any model that tries to bring a hint of usability to the brand is blasphemy. Well, when you meet someone with such a mentality, feel free to tell him he is an idiot.

Today’s reality is that choices for the future of the iconic Italian brand were fairly simple: make an SUV or a four-seater shooting brake. It chose the option with which Ferrari can still produce a great sports car that the whole family can enjoy.

It did not take an SUV platform from its brothers and sisters of the lesser brand and tried to turn it into a Ferrari. His direct rival, Lamborghini, went the opposite direction with the upcoming (Audi Q7-based) Urus and only time will tell who was right. (Strangely enough, Ferrari seems to have confirmed an SUV since the time of writing.)

Of course Ferrari could have used this as an excuse to create a relatively uninspiring combination of powertrains that appreciated the practical usefulness of the family and ran away with it. Instead, we have a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 that roars like no other.

With an enormous capacity of 507 kW and a torque of 697 Nm, this is the lifespan and heart of the GTC4 Lusso and the main reason why it justifies its $ 750,000 (with options) price tag. There will be a slightly cheaper V8 with turbocharger, but frankly, why would you?

To be honest, this is not a Ferrari FF. To begin with, it is a relatively good looking car from almost all angles and although it shares a large part of its substantiation with its predecessor, it has the addition of rear wheel steering, a much more refined transmission and a faster 0-100km / h times of 3 , 4 seconds (0.3 seconds faster than FF). Not to mention the interior, another step has been taken.

In fact, it is perhaps the most complete Ferrari interior ever. The word Lusso means luxury and in this case there is nothing in this cabin that says otherwise. Every surface, every contact point feels great to admire and embrace. The seats are an experience to sit in, front or rear, and move your hands over the dashboard and doors, especially the improved steering wheel in the “driver’s zone” of carbon fiber. It is a work of art, no matter how you view it.

The craftsmanship and build quality is the best we have seen from Ferrari. If you ignore the hypercar territory, such as Bugatti, Pagani and Koenigsegg, then Ferrari is in a class of its own with its interior refinement and cabin quality compared to direct rivals. Speaking of which, this car actually has no direct rivals. Which other V12 with natural aspirations can bring your children to school and sound so good?

The only thing that disappoints the interior of this Ferrari is the rather buggy infotainment system that – despite asking $ 6790 for optional Apple CarPlay – almost never worked as intended with or without. This is somewhat ironic, as Ferrari was not only the very first brand CarPlay launched, but also has a very senior Apple executive Eddy Cue on the board. We kindly ask Eddy to solve this problem. It is more than likely all software related, so there is a good chance that it will get an update soon. You could call the experience almost perfect, different.

But what is the first thing you do with GTC4 Lusso? Take to a race track? Driving up a winding mountainous road spirited? It is more than suitable for both. But no. Bringing the children to school was our first choice.

The lift system of the GTC4 not only lifts the nose, but also the rear, and considering how long the car is, this prevents the lowest point from being reached. This meant that getting in and out of bad driveways was no longer a nuisance. We have not even scraped the bottom of the Lusso in the narrow boundaries of downtown, which is more than we can say for most other Ferraris.

We installed our two ISOFIX child seats in the rear and dropped the youngest to friendly and the oldest to primary school. Amazingly, both seats fit in relatively easily (although they were harder to get – but you shouldn’t worry if they are permanent placements) and given their chassis connection via ISOFIX they never moved a millimeter.

This was good because when we went for a tough ride through the mountains, they both giggled with pleasure without ever getting sick of the movement. Well, at least I assumed they were giggling because no sounds could be heard about the thundering, almost religiously-awakening sound experience.

The V12 in this car is great, not only in its linear power delivery, but also in the noise. Oh my goodness, the noise. Watch the video with this review and if you can’t get enough, go to our Facebook page and listen to it.

It is not an outright attack on the senses as an Aventador might deliver; it’s more modest and a little more mechanical, but it’s perfection.

Many manufacturers killed engines with natural suction long ago. Whether it is Mercedes-Benz or BMW and even Ferrari itself, they have all given up the naturally inhaled V8s due to tightening and illogical emission regulations. And no doubt the V12 will have some form of assisted induction in the not too distant future or will feel itself electrified. For the time being, however, this Ferrari is a treasure worth preserving and preserving, as it will soon be part of history.

It is fair to say that the rear seats are meant for small people, but you can fit adult friends in the back for short journeys, and if they complain that they are in the back of a Ferrari, consider finding new friends. It won’t be difficult.

The kids loved the ($ 32,500) panoramic sunroof, as it offers a very open-air experience that alleviates the feeling of being stuck in a tight space. It’s a bit pricey (in the way you can buy a sunroof with a car-attached-for-less-pricey) but worth the money if you want a happy smile from behind. Although, to be honest, the summer of Brisbane really requires a solid shade, which it doesn’t have. That means that the cabin can get pretty hot when the car is outside and you have the air conditioning working hard to get it comfortable again.

My wife initially liked the idea of ​​the passenger screen. Being able to control the music and also view the functions of the vehicle kept her busy to the point where she started using it as a reason to shout blasphemy when the speed limit, let’s say, was challenged. With $ 9500 it certainly looks good and adds another element to the cabin, but we can see that it soon becomes a point of discussion at the next marriage consultation.

The best and worst thing about the GT4C Lusso is that unless you turn the steering wheel on Sport and are willing to be at higher speeds, not many people will notice your three-quarters of a million dollars. For some this is a blessing – for the showpony attributes of a clear and loud Ferrari are not always welcome. But for others this is a reason why the disgrace of something like the Urus or Bentayga can offer (to a lesser extent) more appeal.

For us we have not even been asked “hey mate, what do you do for a living?” If you drive around with the Lusso for a few days. In our experience, if it had been a 488 or an F12, that question would undoubtedly have arisen, to which our usual response is a stone-cold expression with the response, “investment banker” … to further ruin the reputation of our friends in the financial sector.

But although it may not have the same street credit as other Ferraris, you kick it on a winding road and you immediately feel at home. This is a more solid car to drive than the FF, it radiates high-speed stability and pushes it fast and hard in a turn evoking feelings of pure joy. The gearbox can be a bit awkward at low speeds (like all DCTs), but shifts at high speeds and it is akin to Sebastian Vettel’s F1 car. (Be it, much, much more reliable!)

This is a real Ferrari and that is perhaps the best praise you can give it.

What surprised us the most with the GTC4 Lusso was the driving comfort. This Ferrari is like no other in the sense that you can ride it every day and never once feel the bumps and rough surfaces that are generously offered by Australian roads. But somehow that ride of magic carpet does not seem to affect its dynamics. It seems that Ferrari has taken a leaf from the driving and operating manual of Porsche.

It is worth pointing out that the rear high-speed steering feels a bit nerve-wracking in turns, because it has that strange feeling of approaching upset that never occurs. You get used to it, but it can feel disturbing in the beginning. As we drove more and more with it, we appreciated it accordingly.

The GTC4 Lusso is technically a vehicle with four-wheel drive. After using two separate transmission systems to keep the engine low, the four-seater Ferrari can send power to the front wheels in the first four gears, but from then on only goes rear-wheel drive using its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This technology has been taken over from the FF, but as the owner you do not have to worry about its operation; just know that if you need a front grip in the lower gears, it will be seamless.

Ferrari is a company that makes no compromises. It could just as easily have used many parts from parent company Fiat Chrysler for the interior, but this offers – like all current Ferrari’s – a unique experience that you cannot find elsewhere for the money.

Ultimately, there is nothing like the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso on the market. If you want the credibility, technical mastery and emotional weight of a Ferrari badge in a family car, the GTC4 won’t disappoint. The way I tried to sell it to my wife was through emotional blackmail, “look how happy it makes the boys, isn’t that what we want?” – it’s a good tactic.

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