The turbocharged V8 engine of the Ferrari California T has been fitted to theGTC4Lusso to create a new entry-level four-seater called the GTC4 Lusso T. Although it’s fundamentally the same unit, the 3.8-litre V8 engine has been reworked for the Lusso T to produce 602bhp at 7500rpm and 560lb ft of torque between 3000rpm and 5250rpm. Maximum power is 72bhp down on the regular, naturally aspirated V12 Lusso, but peak torque is actually up by 471b ft and it arrives 2750rpm earlier. As well as being the first time that Ferrari has offered a choice of two engines in a model, the GTC4 Lusso will also mark the first time that rear-wheel drive is offered alongside four-wheel drive, as found in the current V12-engined GTC4 Lusso.
A Ferrari spokesman said the new V8, rear-drive model would be 80kg lighter than the standard GTC4 Lusso, largely due to the absence of a four-wheel drive system. This brings its kerb weight down to 1840kg, and the lighter unit means 46% of the car’s weight sits over the nose, compared with 47% for the V12 model.
The GTC4 Lusso T’s dynamic control systems have been adjusted with bespoke settings for the four-wheel steering and Side Slip Control (SSC3). Its engine also uses Variable Boost Management to eliminate turbo lag and offer variable torque curves from third to seventh gears, making for more linear acceleration.
No official performance figures had been released as we went to press, but the V8 car will almost certainly add a few tenths to the V12 model’s 3.4sec 0-62mph time and fall short of its 208mph top speed. The V8 model’s look is unchanged from the V12’s both inside and out, which means that it gets Ferrari’s Dual Cockpit architecture. The dashboard features two digital screens – one for the driver and one for the passenger -to offer dual infotainment. When it arrives on road next year, the Lusso T will become the entry-level model in the GTC4 range, priced below the V12, which costs from £240.340. The model will make its world debut at the Paris motor show this week, where it will be displayed alongside the drop-top La Ferrari Aperta.