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Geneva 2016: Ferrari adds power of Four

GTC4Lusso is Ferrari's first car to combine four-wheel steering and four-wheel drive

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Ferrari is debuting its GTC4Lusso at the Geneva show, effectively the new version of the FF.

The renaming references previous Ferrari models such as the 330 GTC and GT, with the four designating the car’s four-seater layout. Ferrari sees the GTC4Lusso, like the FF before it, attracting younger buyers to the brand, those who intend to drive their car more frequently than the traditional Ferrari customer.

Among a host of changes to the car, it sees the first combination of four-wheel steering and four-wheel drive applied to a Ferrari model.

The new 4RM-S (four-wheel drive and steering) system is based on Ferrari’s recently launched Slip Slide Control and incorporates an electronic differential and active dampers. As a result the GTC4Lusso is said to remain sure-footed on wet or snow-bound roads, allowing year-round use.

The car is powered by a 12-cylinder 6.2-litre engine offering peak output of 680bhp at 8000rpm – almost 30 horses better than the FF – and 514lbft of torque at 5750rpm – 80 per cent of which is on tap from 1750rpm. As a result the GTC4Lusso will sprint 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and go on to 208mph.

Visual differences include a new front grille with integrated air intakes, wing-mounted air vents, a roof-mounted rear spoiler and triple section rear diffuser. As a result of these changes the car is stated as being six per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the FF.

A ‘Dual Cockpit’ layout dominates the interior, the front-seat passenger having their own display unit with various functions available on it. There is a new infotainment system with a 10.25in touchscreen, while the steering wheel is more compact, thanks chiefly to the air bag being reduced in size.

Prices are still to be confirmed but are likely to be more than the £226,000 of the FF.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.