With the release of the 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso, what Ferrari refers to as a “shooting brake” and everyone else refers to as a four-seater two-door coupe-wagon, we wonder if Ferrari can build a truly desirable four-seater. Driving a Ferrari has most-always been a solo or duo adventure, which is fine for sportscar enthusiasts and racing, but leaves no room for more passengers to enjoy the ride.
To appeal to those, Ferrari has always had a couple four-seater models, usually referred to as 2+2s and produced in very small numbers. Some notable Ferrari 2+2s include the divisive “cat-eyed” Ferrari 250 GT/E and the Ferrari Mondial, often considered the worst Ferrari ever made. That hasn’t kept the automaker from trying to fit four seats in a Ferrari, though. Still, the more recent Ferrari 612 Scaglietti and Ferrari FF, despite all the power and grace Ferrari designers can stuff into it, don’t quite measure up to what Ferrari enthusiasts expect in something with the prancing horse on its nose.
The new 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso is a significant update on the outgoing Ferrari FF, featuring a new body, updated engine, new all-wheel drive four-wheel steering system, and upgraded nearly-everything-else. Literally, though, Ferrari GTC4Lusso translates to “luxury all-wheel drive gran turismo coupe,” though many might be tempted to find comparison in the most beautiful Ferrari ever, the 1964 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso. Let’s not get caught up in naming, because the GTC4Lusso is not a Berlinetta, but then neither is it the FF.
The updated 6.3-liter V12 engine puts out 680 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, 29 hp more than the outgoing FF, output through a 7-speed dual clutch rear transmission and augmented by a two-speed “power take-off unit” mounted on the front of the engine and the front axle. Primarily favoring thrust-vectoring rear-wheel drive, active four-wheel steering – a first in a Ferrari GT – and precise front-wheel drive timing ensure the GTC4Lusso doesn’t “act” like an AWD machine. First-drive reviewers describe the ride as remarkable and precise, finding it difficult to make it misbehave on all but the worst turns with the electronic nannies disabled. The Lusso T is a thrust-vectoring rear-wheel drive version, switching out the 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V12 for a 602-horsepower 3.9-liter supercharged V8 and retaining the active four-wheel steering system.
While driving the 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso is an eye-opener, looking at or being seen in a GTC4Lusso is where the contention comes in. It’s not for lack of trying, but how does one expect to fit four seats in a two-door coupe without stretching the design to accommodate the human form? With more room for rear-seat passengers than the FF, it’s a far more usable 2+2, and it’s pleasing to see that Ferrari designers were still able to portray a muscular and focused exterior.
Ferrari 2+2s have always been incredibly divisive, but has the 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso broken that expectation? Will people actually want to drive – and be seen in – the latest Ferrari vehicle? Again, the results so far are divisive, but it may be too early to tell if this new effort will be any more or less successful than previous attempts.
The 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso starts at just under $350,000.Tags: Ferrari GTC4Lusso