Maranello’s third turbo supercar travels to France before hitting showrooms

Although not exactly new, having debuted earlier in 2016 as an upgraded version of the Ferrari FF, the GTC4Lusso arrived at the 2016 Paris Motor Show to showcase its new T version, which uses a turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8 engine. Essentially identical to its V-12 sibling, the T stands out as Ferrari’s first full four-seat supercar with a turbocharged V-8 and makes the GTC4Lusso the first "Prancing Horse" to be available with a choice of two engines.

Under the hood is where the GTC4Lusso T really differs from the familiar V-12 model we already know. That’s because the massive 6.3-liter was replaced by the smaller, 3.9-liter V-8 that is already available in the California T and 488 GTB models. Although it’s smaller and lacks four cylinders compared to the V-12, this V-8 is by no means disappointing output-wise. The turbocharged mill cranks out no less than 601 horsepower and 561 pound-feet, which accounts for an 80-horsepower decrease, but a 47-pound-foot increase over the V-12 model. It’s also more powerful than the California T and matches the 488 GTB’s torque output down to the last pound-foot.

But, differences from the V-12 model don’t stop here. The T is only available with rear-wheel-drive, which makes it 176 pounds lighter. It also has an increased weight bias toward the rear — 46:54 versus 47:53. As a result, it makes for a good enthusiasts car, while also returning enhanced fuel economy. How quick is it? Well, it needs just 3.5 seconds to hit 62 mph and can hit a top speed in excess of 199 mph.

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Although some purists might not agree and will view the GTC4Lusso T as yet another sad moment that previews the death of the naturally aspirated V-12 engine, this turbocharged four-seat is a big step forward into the future. With gas prices on the rise and with increasingly stringent regulations looming in, Ferrari needs to act fast in order to avoid penalties, and the fact that it already has three turbocharged V-8 cars in its lineup is great news. Not to mention that reducing the overall carbon footprint will enable the Italian company to keep building V-12 cars. So if you’re a big fan of the F12berlinetta, you need to embrace the GTC4Lusso T and other turbocharged models that may arrive in the future. This is how the cookie crumbles nowadays.

Read our full review on the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T here.

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