Meet Ferrari's very first four-seater model to rock a turbocharged V8 engine.
Ferrari took the wraps off the V12-powered, all-wheel drive GTC4Lusso earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show to serve as a replacement for the FF. Now, for the upcoming Paris Motor Show, the naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V12 engine of the regular GTC4Lusso will have a turbocharged companion in the form of a 3.9-litre V8 inside the brand new rear-wheel-drive-only GTC4Lusso T.
The eight-cylinder engine derived from the 488 GTB is able to unleash a mighty 610 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 561 pound-feet, attainable from 3,000 rpm. That will be enough turbocharged prancing horse power to allow the GTC4Lusso T sprint to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in three and a half seconds, making it only a tenth of a second slower than the V12 beast. In terms of maximum velocity, the latest product to come from Maranello will be able to reach more than 320 km/h (200 mph), so it will have a tad lower top speed than its 335-km/h (208-mph) naturally-aspirated counterpart.
Tipping the scales at 1,740 kilograms (3,836 pounds, dry), the turbocharged Ferrari GTC4Lusso is 50 kg (110 lbs) lighter than the V12-equipped model. The loss of four cylinders and the adoption of a RWD-only layout along with turbocharging had a slight impact on the weight distribution as well, now at 46% front and 54% rear, instead of the regular version’s 47% front and 53% rear.
Besides getting a different engine and a RWD setup, the GTC4Lusso T comes with recalibrated rear-wheel steering that's more responsive than before, and it has also received additional updates to its other dynamic control systems. Ferrari promises the instant throttle response of the V8 will enable virtually zero turbo lag, also thanks to the Variable Boost Management granting “a feeling of vivid but superbly progressive acceleration” throughout all the gears.
Not like it matters a great deal when dealing with a supercar, but fuel consumption in the combined cycle is down from the 15.3 litres per 100 kilometres of the V12 model to 11.6 L/100 km as a result of the smaller and turbocharged engine. Consequently, CO2 emissions have dropped from 350 g/km to 265 g/km.