2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T | New Car Review

Posted on Apr 15, 2018 by
2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
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  • Styling
    Editor: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 85%
  • Tech and kit
    Editor: 70%
  • Overall
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T is an incredible family car, but we should point out that something like an Audi RS6 Avant is equally rapid, has a better interior, and yet costs a fraction. So, if you just want a feral family carrier, that’s your ticket. If you want a Ferrari, well, then you want a Ferrari… 

Pros

Driving dynamics, engine note, badge appeal.

Cons

Faster four-seaters like Audi RS6 Avant deliver exactly the same for way less.

Styling

OK, looks are subjective and we are not for a minute going to imply the 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T is a stunner. What we will concede though; it had presence. The front looks menacing and there is something about a four-seat family Ferrari that is inherently cool.

2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

The cabin is proper -ish, though. The vivid red interior of our tester, along with a busy 488-style steering wheel, makes it feel like a proper exotic inside. It’s beautifully crafted.

The rear pews are ok for small children, but this is a family Ferrari for a very specific kind of family.

2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

The drive

Well, take a guess… It is pretty epic. The steering is sharp, if a bit too much, for a car of its kind, but none of the Ferrari magic is lost. Even though this is the ‘base’ GTC4Lusso with a mere 3.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 making 600 horsepower and 760Nm of torque, it is still eye-wideningly rapid off the line. You hit 100km/h from standstill in about 3.5 seconds, which ain’t shabby at all.

2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

However, it is how it feels on the move that is its bigger achievement. The steering is still typical Ferrari-spec light and yet incredibly loquacious. There is a sense of one-ness between the front, rear and your inputs, despite its relatively expansive girth.

2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

The fact that it does not have a heavier V12 up front does help matter, but add to that the rear drive arrangement and you can probably imagine why it feels more agile.

Then there’s the matter of the engine note. Yes, this is no atmo V12, but boy, can Ferrari make a turbocharged engine sound good. It’s not the high-pitched wail; think more a barrel-chested growl, but it is still unmistakably Italian. As a driver’s car, it is way up there, especially if you consider it’s a four-seater with relative practicality.

2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

The tech

Not much to see here if you’re expecting sensors, cameras and lidars; everything still feels pretty lo-fi in here when it comes to gadgets. However, the 2018 GTC4Lusso T is equipped with every driving aid Ferrari has to offer, such as Side Slip Control (SSC) and multi-stage traction control. It is all designed to make you look like a driving deity.

2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

The trims

The full-fat V12 version is naturally going to be the weapon of choice in our market, however, the V8-powered T version is not without its merits. It feels a touch more agile and it is cheaper. It does not sound as good as the V12, but hey you can’t have everything can you?

2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

Verdict

The 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T is an incredible family car, but we should point out that something like an Audi RS6 Avant is equally rapid, has a better interior, and yet costs a fraction. So, if you just want a feral family carrier, that’s your ticket. If you want a Ferrari, well, then you want a Ferrari…

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