- Ferrari’s latest supercar up close and personal
- SA launch coincides with opening of Waterfront showroom
- Ferrari GTC4 Lusso – four folk and their luggage
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The latest addition to the Ferrari range made its official debut on South African soil as Scuderia South Africa, the official Ferrari dealer, revealed a whole new world of experience with the latest 12-cylinder Ferrari GTC4 Lusso.
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, integrating rear-wheel steering with four-wheel drive, is aimed at owners looking for a supercar that is sporty, elegant, versatile and suitable for everyday driving.
The name of this new model hints at its illustrious predecessors, including the 330 GTC, its 2+2 sister model, the 330 GT, and the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso.
Scuderia South Africa unveiled Ferrari’s latest arrival in its new showroom in Cape Town’s Waterfront with the centrepiece the V12 four-seater. The GTC4 Lusso is a major evolution of the sporting Grand Tourer concept.
The number 4 plays a big part in the design of this latest addition to the Ferrari stable. Four wrap-around seats, four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.
Apart from the obvious advantages of exceptional road-holding with all four wheels gripping any surface, the new GTC4 Lusso has Ferrari’s patented 4RM Evo all-wheel drive supported with rear-wheel steering.
Mervyn Eagles, CEO of Scuderia SA said at the Cape Town event: “This enables the driver to effortlessly handle the GTC4 Lusso’s extraordinary torque even on snow-covered, wet, or low-grip roads.
“The result is tremendous stability and control that translate into superior performance.”
The GTC4 Lusso is designed for those who relish the joy of driving a Ferrari, be it on short spins or long journeys, winding wet, dry or snowy mountain passes. It can be enjoyed on their own or in the company of up to three adventurous passengers.
“These are drivers who demand exceptional power but refuse to compromise on in-car comfort, sporty elegance and impeccable detailing,” says Eagles.
“In short, the GTC4 Lusso brings unprecedented versatility to Ferrari driving, like the FF before it. Through the FF, won the Prancing Horse a new, younger client base that also makes greater use of its cars, clocking up 30% higher mileage than average and thus success is set to continue with the GTC4 Lusso.”
The GTC4 Lusso’s dynamic control systems have been specifically calibrated to boost responsiveness to driver input. In particular, the 4WS (rear-wheel steering), which is integrated with Side Slip Control (SSC3), reacts more rapidly to the driver’s intentions into and out of corners, thanks to the rear wheels steering the car in the same direction as the front wheels.
PRICE: The base price of the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is R6 200 000.
All the wheels are driven by the GTC4 Lusso’s 12-cylinder 6262cc engine which delivers smooth, consistent power, punching out a massive 507kW at 8000rpm. Maximum torque is 697Nm at 5750rpm with 80% available at 1750 rpm for superb responsive – even at low engine speeds.
As a four-seater the new Ferrari retains enough volume to guarantee exceptional space and comfort for all four occupants, as well as an ample luggage compartment.
For the interior the Dual Cockpit architecture is another first and is designed to enhance the driving experience for both driver and front passenger, the latter also having generous optional display with a plethora of functions.
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Although it won’t be legal to push the GTC4 Lusso to its maximum speed of 335km/h on any South African public road it will be quite easy to humiliate street racers by clocking the 0-100km/h dash in 3.4 seconds!
The new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is on show at Scuderia SAs new facility at Waterway House, close to the N1 entrance to the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. This new Ferrari centre includes fully operational sales and workshop facilities.
Official Ferrari Lifestyle partners-Veuve Clicquot joined in the celebration as Ferraristi from across the country toasted to this milestone occasion. Eagles added: “Our impressive new showroom, located in the heart of Cape Town’s Waterfront, includes an espresso bar and entertainment area.
“The showroom was designed to be a regular meeting place which owners can visit and use socially. We’ll relish any opportunity to share the Ferrari experience with clients.”
Ferrari Owners Club gatherings ánd special events such as F1 GP viewings will be hosted regularly.
And a final punt from Eagles: “The new home of Ferrari in South Africa is the ideal venue for supercar enthusiasts to discover the new GTC4 Lusso and rest of the Prancing Horse range.”
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso brief technical specification
Type – V12 – 65°
Overall displacement – 6262 cc
Max. power output* -507kW (690 cv) at 800 rpm
Max. torque* – 697Nm at 5750rpm
Dimensions and weight
Length – 4922mm
Width – 1980mm
Height – 1383mm
Dry weight** – 1790kg
Weight distribution – 47-53% front/rear
Maximum speed – 335km/h
0-100km/h – 3.4sec
* With 98 RON petrol
**With optional lightweight contents