Ferrari Shoehorns Twin-Turbo V8 In GTC4Lusso, Calls It GTC4Lusso T

3.9L twin-turbo V8 versus 6.3L naturally aspirated V12. Less horsepower, more torque. 110 pounds (50 kilograms) difference in dry weight. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the first-ever V8-powered four-seater Ferrari.
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The 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T is an entirely new thing for the Prancing Horse, a product few people thought it would happen someday. But still, why did Ferrari develop an alternative to the V12-engined GTC4Lusso?

According to the best name in the biz, this car was born to “suit day-to-day driving in urban contexts.” And yes, it all comes down to the twin-turbo V8 engine, which is based on the ones in the California T and the 488 GTB. In the GTC4Lusso T, the 3.9-liter unit is good for 610 PS or 602 horsepower at 7,500 rpm, which is less than the Ferrari 488 GTB has to offer, and 760 Nm (561 lb-ft) of torque between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm.

In terms of performance, the force-fed powerplant is capable of hitting 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.5 seconds, on to a top speed of more than 199 mph (320 km/h). When it comes down to fuel economy and CO2 emissions, that’ll be 11.6 liters/100 km (20.2 U.S. mpg) and 265 grams per kilometer. Even though it’s more efficient than big daddy V12, the GTC4Lusso T is slower to 62 mph by 0.1 seconds and it’s not as fast as the regular model.

Nevertheless, the GTC4Lusso T is marginally lighter than the GTC4Lusso, and it boasts almost perfect weight distribution (46% front, 54% rear). But here’s the real interesting thing about the new kid on the block: rear-wheel-drive only. That’s a fascinating take on luxury grand touring for four, especially when you think that the FF and GTC4Lusso benefit from an all-wheel-drive system that’s active from 1st to 4th gear. Similar to them, the turbocharged newcomer benefits from Ferrari 4WS rear-wheel steering.

What’s more, the engine is blessed with Variable Boost Management. In Ferrari slang, that’s the fancy way of saying “throttle response with zero turbo lag,” thanks to variable torque curves between 3rd and 7th gear so that snap oversteer is kept in check by progressive acceleration.

No word on pricing at the time of writing, however. Expect more info on the 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T to pop up next week at the Paris Motor Show.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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