2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T Abandons V12 All-Wheel-Drive, Welcomes Turbo V8 and Rear-Wheel Drive

Sep 23, 2016 05:21 AM EDT | Julie Bedas

Geneva Motor Show 2016

NEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 01: A Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is displayed during the Geneva Motor Show 2016 on March 1, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. The 86th International auto show will run from March 3 to March 16.
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Ferrari's GTC4 Lusso T is an upgrade or a downgrade (depending on your preferences) from the previous Ferrari FF. Styling-wise, the two versions seems to be identical, but there are actually major differences between the T and FF.

The Italian brand introduced the FF on 2011 as a successor to the 612 Scaglietti. According to Topspeed, the FF is Ferrari's sole full four-seat sports car and only four-wheel drive model to date. It was originally introduced with a 6.3 liter V-12. The engine got a power bump when they changed the name to GTC4Lusso.

During the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari introduced the GTC4Lusso T, an entry-level of the four-seater which abandoned the V-12 engine and powered instead by a 3.9 liter turbocharged V8. For those who have heard the rumors of a V-8 powered variant, the reveal wasn't quite surprising.

Ferrari's turbocharged models, including 488 GTB and California T, are part of the company's efforts to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions on its models. The GT4Lusso T is the third Ferrari to utilize the concept of forced induction.

The 2016 update which changed FF to GTC4Lusso featured revised headlamps, redesigned taillights, new front grille with horizontal slats, a lowered roof line, a new rear diffuser and new fender vents. All of these were retained in the T model except for the new turbo V8 and rear-wheel drive.

Autoweek reports that there is much problem to the new rear-wheel drive when on a mountain road on warm months, but it might not be very suitable to drive during winter season. According to Ferrari, the T will feature Dual Cockpit architecture "designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger".

To conclude, the GTC4 Lusso T is for you if you want a car with sexy styling, elegant and customizable interior, fuel efficiency and strong performance. It's not for you if you're not very impressed with the turbo power and if you want more unique features in your car. Nevertheless, it's a great car and one step ahead on Ferrari's move towards turbocharging.

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