Soon after becoming a publicly traded company in 2015 (the ticker symbol appropriately dubbed RACE), Ferrari’s CEO, Amedeo Felisa, put the possibility of a full Ferrari SUV permanently to rest, stating unequivocally, “It’s not that we’re not planning an SUV for now—we’re not planning one at all.” While a Ferrari SUV might have been a cringeworthy thought to purists, fans of the brand’s impressive performance and styling who are looking for a little more practicality in their pumped-up ride need not fear.
In creating the GTC4Lusso, Ferrari designers remained true to the tapered, shooting-brake look of the FF model it’s based on but made some welcome tweaks in back: swapping in a pair of dual circular taillights, reducing the slant on the rear window and revising the rear diffuser for improved aerodynamics. These modifications give the GTC4Lusso a lower, wider and more aggressive look than the previous FF, while the front sees slightly updated headlights. What doesn’t change, however, is the car’s impressive versatility.
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With roughly 28.3-cubic feet of cargo space, the GTC4Lusso will swallow just about anything you can imagine, including a bicycle when you fold down the rear seats. This versatility is one reason why owners tend to drive it more than other Ferraris, some 30 percent more on average, in fact, according to the company. The other reason can be chalked up to passenger comfort and the GTC4Lusso’s new interior—a significant improvement over its predecessor.
A dazzling new 10.3-inch capacitive touch screen makes it easier to input navigation and utilize infotainment functions. There’s also a larger passenger-side screen as part of the optional Dual-Cockpit feature, putting your co-pilots in the driver’s seat with vehicle readouts for engine speed, gears and even G-force.
Despite the Lusso’s practicality, the G-force gauge is included for good reason. The car’s 6.3-liter V-12 engine churns out some 680 horsepower and 514 lb.-ft. of torque, enough to snap your neck back in a 3.4-second run from 0 to 60 mph. With all four Pirelli tires turning thanks to Ferrari’s lightweight patented 4RM all-wheel-drive system, traction is never an issue, even with the supercar’s tremendous power. The GTC4Lusso also features rear-wheel steering, making it even more agile than the FF, no matter the road conditions.
As is the case with every Ferrari, the sooner you get your name on the waiting list, the better your chances of landing the $300,000 GTC4Lusso in your garage, which could arrive as early as this summer. Buona fortuna!
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso
7-speed dual clutch
680 hp @ 8,000 rpm
514 lb.-ft. @ 5,750 rpm
Maximum cargo capacity
28.3 cu. ft. est.
City fuel economy
11 mpg est.
Highway fuel economy
17 mpg est.
24 gal. est.
0 to 60 mph
Adjustable-height front suspension
Unmistakable Ferrari exhaust note
Written by Nate Chapnick