The Ferrari GTC4Lusso has arrived in Japan at its recent Far East debut in Tokyo. The updated FF now packs more power and technology, with a “Whole New World” of experience.
The FF was Ferrari‘s first four-wheel-drive GT supercar introduced five years ago, based on a shooting brake concept which seats four and can enjoy the immense V12 engine at the same time. Hence the name FF – Ferrari Four: an unconventional path Ferrari calls “a decisive break with the past.”
After making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show just two months ago, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is finally available in its largest Asian market, Japan. The launch also serves as a sneak preview for other South East Asian markets.
CEO of Ferrari Far and Middle East Hub, Dieter Knechtel said, “We are very happy to hold the GTC4 Lusso Far East premiere here in Tokyo. Japan is an important market, and this year also marks our 50th anniversary here. The GTC4Lusso is the only GT car which has this exceptional level of performance, and with its remarkable versatility I am confident it will be extremely popular here, as it is proving to be in other similarly sophisticated markets.”
The latest Italian supercar’s name pays tribute to two of its GT predecessors, the 330GTC and the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso (pictured above), which were displayed at the event. The Ferrari 330GTC was launched 50 years ago, and this year marks the 50th year since Ferrari set foot in Japan.
The new 4-seater Grand Tourer retains the FF’s silhouette, but with quite a major facelift. The front bumper now has a unified air intake, new headlights, triple-slatted side air vents inherited from the 330GTC, new rear spoiler, new twin tail lights and a new rear bumper with redesigned diffuser. It runs on 20-inch rims wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/35 R20 in front and 295/35 R20 at the back.
Cabin design has a fresh new look with “Lusso” in mind. Steering wheel is now sleeker thanks to a smaller airbag module, and centre display is now using a larger 10.5-inch high-res touchscreen display. For the first time ever, a passenger side touchscreen display is incorporated into the dashboard (which we think looks brilliant), including a redesigned panoramic roof with improved wind noise reduction while cruising.
Unlike the 330GTC 2+2 configuration, the extra seats at the back here are two full seats. Ferrari says on average, a FF owner travels with three other passengers 55 percent of the time. A proven recipe that appeals to its current and potential clienteles.
The front-mounted naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V12 engine has been tweaked, producing 680 hp and 697 Nm of torque. An increase of 30 hp and 14 Nm of toque as compared to the FF, thanks to the higher compression ratio of 13.5:1. Now, 80 percent of max torque is available from as low as 1,750 rpm.
Power is distributed to all four wheels via the seven-speed F1 dual clutch gearbox, propelling the car from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, all the way up to its 335 km/h top speed.
Changes have also been made to the exhaust manifold, now featuring a 6-in-1 with equal lengths together with an electronic bypass valve. This means, the Lusso can now orchestrate a better engine soundtrack across all engine speeds. Roaring engine note during sporty driving, down to a “subtle yet potent purr” in city cruising.
Ferrari added four-wheel-steer to its four-wheel-drive system 4RM, now known as 4RM-S (quattro ruote motrici e sterzanti) in the GTC4Lusso, improving agility. The new system also features electronic differential and Ferrari’s latest Slip Side Control 4.0 system.
The shooting brake mode contributes to 10 percent of Ferrari’s total global sales. The GTC4Lusso is currently the most powerful shooting brake in its class, and Ferrari is targeting younger clients who seek elegance and versatility in all driving conditions. The Ferrari GTC4Lusso will only arrive in Malaysia late this year, or early 2017.