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IS THIS AN IMPROVEMENT? DOES IT RUIN FERRARI'S WEIRDEST OFFERING? IS IT TOO EARLY TO TELL?
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The Ferrari GTC4Lusso is already an interesting beast - remember, that’s what we’re now calling the updated, V12-powered, all-wheel-drive shooting brake formerly known as the Ferrari FF. We drove it, at times quickly, through the Alps earlier this year and found that it has lost none of its idiosyncratic, family-friendly charm.
But there’s a new take on that formula on the way, and it’s called … the GTC4Lusso T.
Basically, it’s the familiar GTC4Lusso/FF we know and love, minus the V12 (sad) and reconfigured to rear-wheel drive with a four-wheel steering system (good?).
Instead of the V12, you get a version of Ferrari’s new 3.9-liter turbocharged V8, which we deemed “fabulous” in the new 488 GTB. Here, it’s good for 601 hp and 560 lb-ft. That’s less power but more twist than the 680-hp, 514-lb-ft V12, but it gets routed to two less driven wheels and the whole deal is said to weigh less anyway (though we’re not sure how much lighter the T will be).
Whether these changes will improve the car, ruin it or merely offer an interesting alternative remain to be seen. The loss of all-wheel drive might make the GTC4Lusso less suitable for winter ski-trip duty, but on the other han... [more]