Lusting after the Lusso

Barry Green checks out the new Ferrari GTC4Lusso the day it breaks cover in Queensland.

It wowed the crowd at the Paris International Motor Show in September, and now it’s the turn of Brisbane Ferraristi to salivate over the GTC4Lusso T — the first four-seater Ferrari to sport a turbo-charged V8 engine.

At a glance, it’s obvious that Ferrari has pulled off the nigh-impossible – fusing sleek, aero-efficient styling and supercar performance with the everyday capability of carrying four people and their luggage.

The GTC4Lusso T’s styling remains the same innovative take on the shooting brake coupé, reinterpreting the concept with a streamlined, tapered shape that gives it a sleek, fastback silhouette. From any angle, it looks stunning.

Inside is Ferrari’s unique Dual Cockpit architecture, designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger.

Inside is Ferrari’s unique Dual Cockpit architecture, designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger.

I can say from experience that entry to, and egress from, the rear seats is surprisingly easy. The powered front seats automatically slide forward, providing a generous aperture for a 180cm person like me to fit through.

Boot capacity is 450 litres, on par with a 2008-12 Subaru Forester SUV, and big enough to swallow a six-piece set of bespoke Ferrari leather luggage.

Boot capacity is 450 litres, on par with a 2008-12 Subaru Forester SUV, and big enough to swallow a six-piece set of bespoke Ferrari leather luggage.

The car’s 3.9-litre V8 turbo is the latest evolution to emerge from the line that was awarded 2016 International Engine of the Year. Driving through a seven-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission and electronic diff, the Ferrari hits peak power of 449kW at 7500rpm while maximum torque of 760Nm is on tap between 3000 and 5250rpm.

Zero-100km/h comes up in 3.5 seconds.

What’s new is rear-wheel steering (4WS). Integrated with Side Slip Control (SSC3), its addition makes for more rapid response to steering wheel inputs entering and exiting corners, thanks to the rear wheels steering in the same direction as the front.

The display car, on show at Ferrari Brisbane in Newstead, combines Grigio Titanio paintwork with Rosso Ferrari leather interior. Price as displayed is $711,302.80 driveaway.

Check out Ferrari Brisbane for more information.