Ferrari has revealed their successor for the FF ahead of the public reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Most expected this would be a simple facelift of the FF, with just a new bumper and lights, but Ferrari has done so many changes to the car that they’ve elected to give it a new name – the GTC4 Lusso (technically the GTC4Lusso, but we prefer the space) which uses two of the most evocative names in Ferrari’s history.
Obviously the main changes to the FF come in the form of the styling. Retaining the basic structure and hard points, the GTC4 keeps the FF’s proportions but every body panel has been subtly changed. There’s a new front bumper with winglets at the corners and a wide intake opening in the centre, looking very much like the F12 TdF, while a new set of headlights and a re-contoured bonnet complete the front end makeover. The front wings are more sharply creased and there are larger vents behind the front wheels to extract heat from the engine bay. At the sides the crease runs down through the door and up over the rear wing now, while below it is a new larger scallop which reduces the visual weight of the car substantially.
The rear sees as much of a visual boost as the front, if not more, with new quad rear lights sitting in a vented section of the rear end, eating into the bootlid a little. There are slash vents in the bumper just above a massive diffuser which houses the quad exhaust pipes sure to make a fantastic sound. A nice new set of 20” alloy wheels round off the exterior package. Inside the updates continue, with a new dash layout featuring a prominent 10.25” central infotainment screen. There is also a redesigned centre console which stretches back to between the rear seats as before, and there’s more tech available should you want it. The GTC4 retains the FF’s four seat layout too, so along with the decent boot makes this an incredibly practical car – four wheel drive and four seats means it takes sales from Range Rovers and Lamborghinis alike.
Of course they wouldn’t update their flagship GT car without a tweak to the powertrain, so the 6.2 litre naturally aspirated V12 gets some tweaks to raise power from 651bhp to 680bhp, while there is now 514lb/ft of torque. As before, this power is sent to all four wheels via Ferrari’s seven speed dual clutch gearbox. Despite the 1790kg weight, the GTC4 Lusso manages 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and tops out at 208mph. The GTC4 also gets the four wheel steering system seen on the F12 TdF, which works in conjunction with the four wheel drive system to “effortlessly handle the GTC4Lusso’s extraordinary torque even on snow-covered, wet or low-grip roads.”
The will be available to order from early March, and though prices haven’t been confirmed we expect a decent price rise over the £226,000 the FF costs today – we’d estimate £250,000.
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