The turbo 3.9-liter V-8 in the California T and 488 GTB finds its way in yet another Ferrari

Although it was launched for the 2016 model year, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is actually a facelifted version of the FF that the Italian company introduced in 2011. Essentially a successor to the 612 Scaglietti, the FF/GTC4Lusso is the company’s sole full four-seat sports car and Ferrari’s only four-wheel-drive model to date. The FF was introduced with a 6.3-liter V-12, an engine that got a power bump when the car’s name was changed to the GTC4Lusso. At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled a new, entry-level version of the four-seater, powered by a turbocharged, V-8 powerplant.

The arrival of the GTC4Lusso T is by no means surprising. Rumors of a V-8-powered variant surfaced long before the FF was updated and renamed the GTC4Lusso. As the "T" in the name suggests, motivation comes from the same 3.9-liter V-8 available in other turbocharged models, making the GTC4Lusso the third Ferrari to benefit from forced induction. Also, it is the first full four-seat Ferrari with a turbocharged V-8 and the first "Prancing Horse" to be available with a choice of two engines. Also, because the GTC4Lusso T is a rear-wheel-drive model only, it makes it the first Ferrari nameplate to offer RWD alongside the AWD setup.

Set to hit the road alongside the California T and 488 GTB, Ferrari’s other turbocharged model, the GTC4Lusso T is part of the company’s recent plans to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions across its lineup.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T.

  • 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    601 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    561 @ 3000
  • Displacement:
    3.9 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    199 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    9/10

Exterior

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Styling-wise, the T version appears to be identical to the V-12-powered GTC4Lusso model. All the aerodynamic elements, including the front bumper winglets and the race-inspired diffuser are there, as are all the design updates that came with the GTC4Lusso. The 2016-model-year update, which also changed the car’s name from the FF to the GTC4Lusso, brought a new front grille with horizontal slats, revised headlamps, new fender vents, redesigned taillights, a new rear diffuser, and even a lowered roof line. All told, there is no way to tell that the T model has a V-8 under the hood until you turn the ignition key.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,922 MM (193.77 Inches)
Width 1,980 MM (77.95 Inches)
Height 1,383 MM (54.44 Inches)
Dry weight 1,740 KG (3,836 LBS)
Weight distribution 46% front - 54% rear

Interior

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Note: Ferrari GTC4Lusso interior shown here.

The interior of the T is also identical to the "regular" GTC4Lusso. Ferrari points out that the new model features the Dual Cockpit architecture, which was "designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger", as well as the latest iteration of the company’s infotainment system with an impressive 10.25-inch HD capacitive touchscreen.

The T is also identical to the "regular" GTC4Lusso in this department.

Naturally, the changes introduced with facelift are also in there. Look for the same two-tier, two-tone dashboard with aluminum trim, aviation-inspired HVAC vents, clean center stack and console, and flat-botoom steering wheel with F1-style, colored buttons and switches. There are sporty, yet comfortable seats front and rear, plenty of room in the back, and an impressive amount of high-quality leather available in numerous shades and with a wide range of stitching and inserts.

On the technology front, the infotainment system has the new 1.5 Ghz Jacinto 6 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and the ability to control it with the screen or with the physical buttons and rollers below the screen. Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation with 3D maps are standard. Part of the Dual Cockpit architecture, the passenger-side dashboard includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen display that shows performance information and enables passenger to interact with the on-board system to change music and inserting points of interest, among others.

Drivetrain

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It’s under the long front hood that the T is completely different from the GTC4Lusso we all know. Instead of the naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter V-12, the T received an upgraded version of the turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8 that made its debut in the California T and is already available in the 488 GTB. The unit cranks out 601 horsepower (610 PS) at 7,500 and 561 pound-feet (760 Nm) of torque between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm. That’s 80 horses less than the V-12 GTC4Lusso, but a 47-pound-foot increase thanks to the turbochargers attached to the V-8.

Instead of the naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter V-12, the T received an upgraded version of the turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8

Compared to the other V-8-powered Ferraris, the GTC4Lusso is a bit more powerful than the California T (552 horsepower and 557 pound-feet), but less powerful than the 488 GTB (661 horses). Interestingly, its 561-pound-foot torque output is similar to that of the sportier 488 GTB.

Another thing that sets the T apart from the GTC4Lusso is the lack of an all-wheel-drive system. The turbocharged four-seater is RWD only, which also makes it 80 kg (176 pounds) lighter and gives it an increased weight bias toward the rear. While the GTC4Lusso comes with 47:53, the T has a 46:54 ratio. The standard model’s four-wheel steering system has been carried over. Dubbed 4WS, the system is integrated with Side Slip Control, which makes for more rapid response to steering wheel inputs entering and exiting corners.

Ferrari promises a rich and powerful soundtrack during acceleration and a more muted exhaust note at lower speeds. The versatile, modular torque delivery will provide rapid pick-up from low revs.

As far as performance goes, the V-8 drivetrain adds a tenth-second to the V-12 model’s 0-to-62 sprint of 3.4 seconds, taking it up to 3.5 ticks. Top speed also decreased from 209 mph to 199 mph. Ferrari also released preliminary fuel economy figures of 11.6 l/100 km. This converts to around 20 U.S. mpg combined, but we’ll have to wait for confirmation from the EPA. Anyway, it should be lower than the California T’s, which returns 23 mpg on the highway, 16 mpg in the city, and 18 mpg combined.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type V8 - 90° turbo
Overall displacement 3,855 cc
Bore and stroke 86.5 mm x 82 mm
Maximum power output 601 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 561 LB-FT @ 3,000 – 5,250 RPM
Maximum speed >320 KM/H (199 MPH)
0-100 km/h 3.5 sec

Prices

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With pricing for the V-12 GTC4Lusso not yet available, it’s difficult to estimate how much the T model will fetch before options. However, with the new four-seater estimated to come in at around $310,000, the V-8 version could retail from around $250,000, making it the most affordable variant since the FF was introduced in 2011.

Competition

Bentley Continental GT V8 S

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Although the Aston Martin Vanquish is a more "traditional" competitor for the GTC4Lusso, the fact that it lacks a V-8 engine makes me look toward a different British grand tourer, namely the Bentley Continental GT. Around since 2011, the Conti GT is available in many forms, but the V8 and V8 S models are the only ones that can match the GTC4Lusso T’s turbocharged and more efficient drivetrain. The V8 S is the more powerful of the two, with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter unit sending 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 4.3 seconds, while top speed comes in at 192 mph. Granted, it’s nowhere near as quick as the Ferrari, but the Bentley has the looks and the luxury to give its Italian rival a run for its money. The good news is that the British grand tourer is more affordable at $214,425 before options.

Learn more about the Bentley Continental GT V8 S here.

Conclusion

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The arrival of the GTC4Lusso T comes to confirm the move toward turbocharging that Ferrari announced a few years ago. The campaign began with the California T, continued with the 488 GTB, and it has now incorporated the GTC4Lusso. Purists will probably view it as yet another sad moment that preview the death of the naturally aspirated V-12 engine, but things aren’t as bad as they seem. The V-12 GTC4Lusso won’t go away anytime soon, and to be honest, a Ferrari with a turbo V-8 is actually a step forward, as current turbo technologies eliminate much of lag, add a whole lot of extra torque, and return fuel economy that would’ve seemed impossible a few years ago. The increased fuel economy and the smaller starting price, coupled with the solid output figures and performance, will make the GTC4Lusso T one of the most popular choices among Ferrari drivers in the next few years.

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Press Release

Photo Credit: Ferrari

Following on from the success of GTC4Lusso, which raised the performance bar for Ferrari’s traditional four-seater V12 GTs, the Prancing Horse announces the arrival of the new GTC4Lusso T, the first four-seater to be powered by a V8 engine. Ushering in a whole new Ferrari Grand Touring concept, the car is aimed at drivers seeking a car that is sporty and versatile, as well as perfect for driving on a daily basis.

The new GTC4Lusso T is equipped with an evolution of the 3.9-litre V8 turbo which punches out a maximum of 610 cv at 7,500 rpm, guaranteeing powerful acceleration with maximum torque of 760 Nm available between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm. Despite such impressive performance, the GTC4Lusso T’s fuel consumption figures guarantee extended range, ideal for town driving or long trips.

Combining this powertrain with rear-wheel drive has resulted in significant weight-saving. Adding four-wheel steering to the mix gives the car additional agility and quicker responses. The rear-wheel steering system is integrated with the latest evolution of the electronic controls of the SCM-E suspension, ESP 9.0 and third generation Side Slip Control (SSC3).

ENGINE

Like every engine to come out of Maranello, the GTC4Lusso T’s V8 turbo has all the classic Ferrari power unit qualities: razor-sharp throttle response, blistering performance, continuous and powerful acceleration at all speeds, an exhilarating soundtrack and compact dimensions. Mounted low down in the chassis, it helps sharpen driving dynamics.

The car’s V8 is the latest evolution to emerge from the engine family that was named the 2016 International Engine of the Year. The 3,855 cc power unit is both compact and efficient, developing 610 cv at 7,500 rpm, resulting in a specific power output of 158 cv/l, the highest in its category. It is also responds instantaneously to the throttle delivering increasingly powerful acceleration (760 Nm of maximum torque between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm) while optimising fuel consumption.

This class-leading performance is achieved by the adoption of new pistons and con-rods in high-resistance aluminium alloy to maximise pressure inside the combustion chamber, new more linear high- and low-pressure air ducts in the intake system to minimise losses and a new intercooler to increase air cooling and minimise fluid-dynamic losses.

The instant throttle response typical of Ferrari V8 engines is guaranteed by a flat-plane crankshaft, compact turbines featuring twin-scroll technology and a three-piece cast exhaust manifold and turbo housing, the former with equal-length pipes to optimise pressure waves in the turbine.

The car’s excellent performance across the entire rev range, on the other hand, is the result of intensive research into maximising combustion efficiency. The solutions adopted include high-tumble intake manifolds, specifically shaped to improve air entry to the combustion chamber, an ion-sensing system with adaptive ignition and multi-spark functionality which optimises combustion both under high and partial loads across the engine’s rev range. Optimised mechanical efficiency is guaranteed by a variable-displacement oil pump that supplies oil at either high pressure or low pressure, reducing the hydraulic power requirements by up to 30 per cent compared to a conventional pump, and a valvetrain with roller finger followers to reduce the power absorbed by 10 per cent at low revs.

One of most innovative features of the GTC4Lusso T’s V8 is Variable Boost Management, a control software that adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected, delivering increasingly powerful pick-up as revs rise, whilst optimising fuel consumption. And all without impinging on driving pleasure. As the car goes up through the gears (from 3rd to 7th), the amount of torque delivered by the engine increases all the way up to 760 Nm in 7th gear. This has allowed Ferrari to adopt longer gear ratios in the higher gears to the benefit of fuel consumption (the car’s range is, in fact 30 per cent more than the V12-engined model).

In line with the finest Ferrari tradition, the GTC4Lusso T has been given its own unique and utterly unmistakable soundtrack. In addition to the flat-plane crankshaft, which synchronises engine firing, and equal-length exhaust headers which equalise the sound, the exhaust line now features a new central section along with a larger-diameter silencer.

VEHICLE DYNAMICS

When Ferrari’s engineers decided to adopt a V8 turbo engine and rear-wheel drive for the GTC4Lusso T, their aim was to modify the vehicle dynamics to give a sportier feel that was coherent with the handling characteristics laid down by the V12 version. A combination of the car’s lighter overall weight and increased weight bias towards the rear (46:54%) allowed the adoption of a specific set-up for the 4WS and SCM – E control systems. These ad hoc vehicle dynamic control systems ensure the GTC4Lusso T feels more nimble and has reduced roll. The feeling of longitudinal performance is enhanced at low speeds by Variable Boost Management.

In press-on driving, the 4WS (rear-wheel steering) helps provide a sharper response to steering wheel inputs, both entering and exiting corners, thanks to the fact that the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front ones.

The Magnaride SCM-E damper control system is the same as on the GTC4Lusso and represents the state-of-the-art in control algorithm development. On the GTC4Lusso T, body control is governed by a control model adapted to the new car’s weight distribution and suspension characteristics, and which optimises the tyre contact based on the sensitivity to vertical frequencies.

The response time between front and rear axles has been cut by 6.5 per cent while the steering wheel activity is down 2.5 per cent. As with the GTC4Lusso, the rear-wheel steering makes it easier for the car to be driven on the limit by making the latter more predictable and easier to control.

The Side Slip Control 3.0 (SSC3) system dialogues with all the GTC4Lusso T’s components and vehicle dynamics controls. It is thus able to adapt the car’s behaviour to suit differing dynamic and grip conditions. Through the information it receives from all the body sensors and the grip estimation, the SSC3 delivers a real-time estimate of side slip to all onboard systems, which means the car’s behaviour is more precisely tailored to the various dynamic situations it encounters.

The integration of the F1-Trac and E-Diff electronic differential optimises traction and torque delivery to the outside and inside rear wheels. This system also makes the car more driveable on medium grip surfaces.

The five Manettino positions (Ice, Wet, Comfort, Sport, ESC OFF) underscore the potential of the car’s architecture and vehicle dynamics controls, particularly the rear-wheel steering and electronic differential (E-Diff). The combined effect of the two systems is that torque is efficiently split between the two rear wheels, controlling slip when the rear wheels are on mixed grip surfaces. The rear-wheel steering makes turning in, cornering and exiting corners more effortless, by making yaw angle more predictable with an instant reduction in the amount of steering wheel correction needed and its frequency.

DESIGN

Designed by Ferrari’s Styling Centre, the GTC4Lusso T maintains the same innovative take on the shooting brake coupé as the V12 version, reinterpreting the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape that gives it an almost fastback-like silhouette. The cabin is an effortless melding of sophisticated elegance – seen in the artisan quality of the prestigious hides - and the high-tech, sporty aspect of the metal or carbon-fibre components mainly found in the human-machine interfaces.

The GTC4Lusso T features the unique Dual Cockpit architecture, designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger. It also incorporates the latest iteration of the infotainment system complete with an impressive 10.25” HD capacitive touchscreen.

Available to order are specific tailpipes and 20” forged wheels developed especially for the V8 model with a very dynamic design.

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