While the world anxiously waited to catch a glimpse of the all-new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, Naza Italia, the official distributor of Ferrari in Malaysia took us by surprise by having a simultaneous global debut – a first for the Ferrari brand in Malaysia and an honour for all of us Malaysians.
Naza Italia had the Ferrari FF on sale previously, hence it is only a matter of time before they introduce its successor, the new GTC4 Lusso. However, no one was expecting that they would introduce the rear-wheel drive turbocharged variant. Ferrari explains that this variant complements their line-up to satisfy their younger owners who crave an exciting Ferrari for their daily usage.
|Name||Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T|
|Engine||3,855cc; Twin-Turbo V8|
|Transmission||7-speed F1 dual clutch|
|Max Power||602 hp @ 7,500 rpm|
|Max Torque||760 Nm @ 3,000 – 5,250 rpm|
|0-100 km/h; Top Speed||3.5 seconds; >320 km/h|
|Price (without taxes)||RM1,088,000|
Visually, the T wears the same body as the V12 GTC4 Lusso. As such, you get the same redesigned front bumper, side air-vents that are inspired from the 330GTC, blacked out roof, rear spoiler, tail lamps with revised graphics, bumper integrated third brake light and quad exhaust pipes.
Similar to the V12, the T rides on 20-inch multi-spoke alloys wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubbers as standard (245/35 at the front and 295/35 at the rear).
Inside, the car is as per the naturally aspirated twin; a slimmer steering wheel, 10.5-inch high-res touch screen display, passenger side dashboard touchscreen display and a redesigned panoramic roof.
As per Ferrari’s personalisation programme, clients are able to customise the interior to their own personal liking.
The biggest distinction of this T variant is the engine and drivetrain. Firstly, the large 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 is dropped in favour of a smaller yet equally powerful 3.9-litre twin-turbo charged V8 that churns out 602 hp and a maximum torque of 760 Nm from a low 3,000 rpm. The century sprint is crushed in 3.5 seconds all the way to an acclaimed top speed of over 320 km/h. Certainly quick enough for sending the kids to school.
Power is sent exclusively to the rear-wheels instead of four via a seven-speed F1 dual clutch automatic. Fortunately, Ferrari’s innovative technology such as 4WS or rear-wheel steering and Side Slip Control (SSC3) comes as standard.
As compared to the standard GTC4 Lusso, the T’s weight distribution is more rear biased (46:54 front to rear) than the V12 (47:53 front to rear). The T is also 50kg lighter (1,740 kg vs 1,790kg). Steering activity is reduced by some 2.5 percent while responsiveness is up by 6.5 percent. These collectively provide the T a more engaging Ferrari driving experience.
The biggest merits of adopting a small displacement engine over a huge V12 are improved emissions and fuel consumption, as the T is expected to consume 11.6 litres of fuel per 100km compared to the V12’s 15L/100km rating.
The GTC4 Lusso T certainly provides a valuable proposition to Malaysians especially when our road tax structure is in favour of smaller displacement engines. However, if you require Ferrari’s screaming V12, Naza Italia will be bringing in the GTC4 Lusso V12 sometime next month, so stay tuned for that. Otherwise, the GTC4 Lusso T starts from RM1,088,000 before duties, taxes and options.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso V12