Back in May, Ferrari Philippines flew me to Japan to personally meet its latest four-wheel-drive four-seater, the GTC4 Lusso. This model replaces the groundbreaking FF, and is easily the most un-Ferrari of all Prancing Horses in Maranello’s stable.
This grand tourer has the body of a three-door wagon, and has a 2+2 seating configuration. It is powered by a 6.3-liter V12 engine rated at 690hp and 697Nm. This kind of muscle should dispel any doubts you might have about a Ferrari in hatchback form. This will outgun most supercars out there, no sweat.
The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which helps the car sprint from rest to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 335km/h.
But Ferraris with earth-shaking engines aren’t really new. What’s remarkable here is the fact that this Italian car has power—and steering—on all four wheels. Yes, the GTC4 Lusso has four-wheel steering. The Ferrari-patented 4RM-S system, which also incorporates the vaunted Side Slip Control, E-Diff electronic differential and SCM-E suspension damping, works full-time to ensure not one of the wheels loses contact with the ground. In other words, this Ferrari will not allow you to make a fool of yourself—and break your bank account in the process.
The GTC4 Lusso is for Ferrari enthusiasts who are confident and mature enough to see past the non-traditional body shape and just appreciate the all-around capability and versatility of this car. It won’t turn heads as much as a 488 GTB will, but those in the know will envy you for owning the do-it-all model in Ferrari’s product line. When the conditions get rough, the GTC4 will shame all its two-seat siblings in coupe and roadster forms.
Want one? You might have to wait a bit longer. According to my source inside Ferrari Philippines, this car could reach our shores no earlier than the fourth quarter of 2017. Thankfully, the GTC4 Lusso will be worth the wait.