Written by Karl Peskett
“Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”
The link between participation in motorsports and sales has always been strong. No one understands this better than Ferrari. With its long history in Formula One, Ferrari is one of the few companies that actually imbues its vehicles with technology direct from race cars.
Most of its vehicles, therefore, are low-slung two-seaters; when it comes to practicality, the Prancing Horse may not head the shopping list. ‘Ferrari’ and ‘family car’ rarely appear in the same sentence, but times are a-changing. A few years ago, the Italian carmaker launched the Ferrari FF, creating the brand’s first all-wheel-drive four-seater, combining its engineering know-how with everyday usability. Now, its replacement has taken that formula and enhanced it.
The problem is, the nomenclature hasn’t been enhanced. Going from simple to ridiculously confusing, its name is the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. But forget the silly name; its road manner is all that matters.
The GTC4Lusso is a better-looking car than the FF, with a more aggressive front and better-resolved rear. With its gaping grille and swept-back headlights, it looks like the automotive version of a Bond villain.
It may only have two doors, but adults can easily get in and sit comfortably in the back for hours without cramping up. The interior is swathed in soft hide, while aluminium and carbon-fibre make up the rest. Up front, there’s a new 10" high-def infotainment screen, while the front passenger gets their own digital readout directly in front.
Crucially, it’s got it where it counts. With a 680hp, 6.3l V12 sitting up front, not only does it sound divine, but it will hit 100kph in just 3.4 seconds and barrel on to 335kph. But thanks to its all-wheel-drive system and rear-wheel steering, it grips in all weather conditions, yet will happily hang its tail out on demand.
Rain, hail, or shine, it’s the Ferrari for any time of year. And given you can drop the kids off to school in the morning and head straight to the track afterwards, the GTC4Lusso proves you can have your cake and eat it, too.