When it debuted in 2011, the Ferrari FF was groundbreaking. Finally, Ferrari had offered a 4-seater beauty that could be driven anywhere any time. You could even drive it to your local grocery store… that is if you can afford it in the first place!
Though the model was revolutionary, it was not as visually impressive as other Ferraris and five years later it looks older than the rest of the lineup. However, this is set to be a thing of the past as the automaker is set to offer a revised model and with it a new name. The model will no longer be known as the FF; rather Ferrari has renamed the model the “GTC4 Lusso”.
For those wondering where Ferrari got this weird name, the automaker is quick to point out past models like the 330 GTC, the 250 Berlinetta Lusso and the 330 GT which it says serve as inspiration for the new name. Far from what many people think, the 4 on the nametag doesn’t point to the vehicle’s all wheel-drive system, it denotes the number of seats offered in the cabin.
The automaker further pointed out that the car is targeted to those clients who crave for a pleasurable driving anywhere anytime alone or with a number of companions or family which is not possible with other 2-seater Ferraris. The automaker says the car is ideal for short trips or long drives whether in the city or on snowy mountain roads.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso Exterior
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso still looks more conservative compared to other Ferrari models. However, the automaker has redesigned the rear which was heavily criticized. The new rear fascia looks sleeker, sportier and more refined.
It features 4 round taillights (the FF had only a single lamp on each side) which look like other older Ferraris. The design cues of the model borrow from recent Ferrari models. The new headlights are borrowed from the Ferrari 488 GTB.
At the front, the vehicle features a redesigned grille which is integrated with air intakes. Other features include air vents on wings similar to those on the 330 GTC, a revised triple -fence rear diffuser as well as a roof-mounted rear spoiler.
Overall, the GTC4 Lusso is a very stylish -looking wagon.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso Interior
Inside, there are a couple of significant changes. They include the updated infotainment system which packs a 10.25-inch display screen. The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
However, people who buy these types of cars are more focused on getting the thrill from driving rather messing up with their phones once they are on the wheels of this speed monster. Its steering wheel has been shrunk. This was made possible by reducing the size of the airbag.
The control layout has also been redesigned to improve its usability. The vehicle offers generous wraparound seats that provide excellent comfort and sufficient legroom to all passengers. Ferrari claims that the cabin gives occupants the ambience of a luxurious living space.
Engine Specs and performance
The model has not only been restyled on the outside, under the hood, things get even more exciting. The Lusso is more powerful and faster.
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.3 L, V-12 engine. The engine has been tweaked to produce 680 hp and 514 lb-ft of torque. This is an improvement from the FF engine which produced 651 hp and 504 lb-ft of torque. These numbers fall short of threatening the F12 Berlinetta whose engine is rated at 730 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is offered with the automakers one and only AWD system which Ferrari has now integrated with a 4-wheel steering similar to the one on the Ferrari F12 TdF. The system is dubbed the “4RM-S. This new system works together with adaptive magnetic dampers, electronic differential and Ferrari’s 4th generation Slip Side Control. The automaker didn’t mention the transmission but we believe the vehicle is likely to retain the 7-speed DCT which does the job on the FF.
The engine powers the GTC4 Lusso to dash from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. It has a top speed of 208 mph.
Price and release date
Ferrari has not released any details regarding the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso as of this writing. However, we understand that the model will make its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show which starts on 3rd March to 13th March.
We expect the automaker to announce its pricing details during this time. However, expect the new model to carry a price tag similar to the outgoing FF if not higher. The FF started at $ 298,750 exclusive of tax.
What’s more the vehicle comes with 7 years of free maintenance and 4 years of unlimited warranty.