October 22, 2018

Sublime elegance

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With sporty sophistication and luxurious comfort, the new Ferrari GTC4Lusso combines performance in all driving conditions.

The GTC4Lusso’s name references several illustrious predecessors, not least the 330 GTC or its 2+2 sister model, the 330 GT, as well as the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, which married extreme performance with stylish design and sophisticated materials and craftsmanship.

The evolution of the naturally aspirated Ferrari GT V12 has resulted in the GTC4Lusso. The new addition to the Ferrari stable GTC4Lusso introduces a slew of technological innovations, notably the new Ferrari-patented 4RM-S which guarantees exceptional handling even on low-grip surfaces and superb stability and responsiveness in all conditions.

The GTC4Lusso’s aerodynamic development introduced new solutions, too, including a slotted diffuser and a rear spoiler integrated with the hatch, all focused on reducing drag and improving aerodynamic efficiency.

Intense research and development has boosted the 6,262 cc V12’s maximum power output to 690 cv, making the GTC4Lusso the most powerful car in its segment. Both its 2.6 kg/cv weight-to-power-ratio and its 13.5:1 compression ratio set new records for the category, too. Underlining the strong links between Ferrari’s GT engine division the racing world, the V12 revs to a red line at a class-leading 8,250 rpm.

Maximum torque is 697 Nm at 5,750 rpm with 80 percent already available at just 1,750 rpm for superb responsiveness even at low revs. This makes the GTCLusso incredibly versatile: it is as equally at home in sports car mode as it is in more GT-type contexts, such as city centres or on long journeys.

The engine’s additional power and the need to improve cooling of the radiating masses at the front of the car, whilst still reducing the drag caused by the air intakes, demanded a single, but larger grille. The air intakes are now centred towards the centre line of the car to make more efficient use of the high overall pressure values typical of this area. The side sections of the bumpers have thus been turned into one single smooth surface, which improves the management of the flow in front of the wheels.

The improved 4RM EVO system has been integrated with the rear-wheel steering resulting in the new Ferrari-patented 4RM-S (four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering) system, which was developed around the fourth generation of the Side Slip Control (SSC4) and now also encompasses the E-Diff electronic differential and SCM-E suspension damping.

Penned by Ferrari Design, the GTC4Lusso is a further refinement of the shooting brake coupé, reinterpreting the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape that gives it an almost fastback-like silhouette.

Its sporty soul is underscored by the forms and styling of the rear where the curve of the roof has been lowered whilst retaining enough volume to guarantee exceptional space and comfort for all four occupants, as well as an ample luggage compartment.

The V8 turbo’s signature characteristics suit day-to-day driving in urban contexts: a rich powerful soundtrack at high speeds that becomes more muted at lower speeds, nimbleness and responsiveness courtesy of versatile, modular torque delivery and, last but not least, an excellent range.

Technical Specifications

Engine Type                                       V12 – 65°

Overall displacement                       6262 cc

Bore and stroke                                 94 mm x 75.2 mm

Max. power output*                         507 kW (690 CV) at 8,000 rpm

Max. torque*                                     697 Nm at 5,750 rpm

Max. engine speed                           8,250 rpm

Compression ratio                          13.5:1

Max. speed                                        335 km/h

0-100 km/h                                       3.4 sec

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