The simultaneous unveiling of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T in Kuala Lumpur and Paris saw the Prancing Horse marque premiere its first four-seater model, powered by a V8 engine, in two global markets.
The new GTC4Lusso T is equipped with an evolution of the 3.9-liter V8 turbo which punches out a maximum of 610 cv at 7,500 rpm, guaranteeing powerful acceleration with maximum torque of 760 Nm available between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm. Combining this powertrain with rear-wheel drive has resulted in significant weight-saving. Adding four-wheel steering to the mix gives the car additional agility and quicker responses. The rear-wheel steering system is integrated with the latest evolution of the electronic controls of the SCM-E suspension, ESP 9.0 and third generation Side Slip Control (SSC3).
The car’s V8 is the latest evolution to emerge from the engine family that was named the 2016 International Engine of the Year. The 3,855 cc power unit is both compact and efficient, developing 610 cv at 7,500 rpm, resulting in a specific power output of 158 cv/l, the highest in its category. It is also responds instantaneously to the throttle delivering increasingly powerful acceleration (760 Nm of maximum torque between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm) while optimizing fuel consumption. This class-leading performance is achieved by the adoption of new pistons and con-rods in high-resistance aluminium alloy to maximise pressure inside the combustion chamber, new more linear high- and low-pressure air ducts in the intake system to minimize losses and a new intercooler to increase air cooling and minimize fluid-dynamic losses.
In addition, the instant throttle response typical of Ferrari V8 engines is guaranteed by a flat-plane crankshaft, compact turbines featuring twin-scroll technology and a three-piece cast exhaust manifold and turbo housing, the former with equal-length pipes to optimize pressure waves in the turbine.
One of most innovative features of the GTC4Lusso T’s V8 is Variable Boost Management, a control software that adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected, delivering increasingly powerful pick-up as revs rise. And all without impinging on driving pleasure. As the car goes up through the gears (from 3rd to 7th), the amount of torque delivered by the engine increases all the way up to 760 Nm in 7th gear. This has allowed Ferrari to adopt longer gear ratios in the higher gears to the benefit of fuel consumption (the car’s range is, in fact 30 per cent more than the V12-engined model).
In line with the finest Ferrari tradition, the GTC4Lusso T has been given its own unique and utterly unmistakable soundtrack. In addition to the flat-plane crankshaft, which synchronises engine firing, and equal-length exhaust headers which equalise the sound, the exhaust line now features a new central section along with a larger-diameter silencer.
Vehicle dynamics of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T is enhanced by the car’s lighter overall weight and increased weight bias towards the rear (46:54%). Furthermore, for press-on driving, the 4WS (rear-wheel steering) helps provide a sharper response to steering inputs, both entering and exiting corners. Other related features which contribute greatly to the dynamics of the four-seater sports car include the Magnaride SCM-E damper control system, Side Slip Control 3.0 (SSC3) system, F1-Trac and E-Diff electronic differential. Finally, there are four modes on the GTC4Lusso T to suit the desire of the driver in any conditions(Ice, Wet, Comfort, Sport, ESC OFF).