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Previously known as the Ferrari FF, Maranello’s four-wheel-drive grand tourer gets a new look, more power and torque and a rear-wheel steering system. The facelifted Ferrari FF has been revealed ahead of its global debut at the Geneva motor show, sporting a new name and upgrades inside and out.
The updated car now takes the GTC4Lusso name and gets subtle styling upgrades to mark it out from its predecessor. Aerodynamic improvements include a new front grille with integrated air intakes, new air vents on the rear wing, a roof-mounted rear spoiler and a new diffuser. Ferrari says the result is a drag coefficient that is “substantially lower” than that of the FF.
Interestingly, Ferrari says the GTC4Lusso will be aimed at a younger audience than the brand has traditionally been used to. Owners of the FF, on average, drove more miles than owners of other Ferraris, suggesting that the GTC4Lusso will become the grand tourer of choice in the company’s range.
Powering the GTC4Lusso is the same 6.2-litre V12 engine already fitted to the FF, but with power raised from 651bhp to 680bhp. Maximum power is reached at 8000rpm, while torque is rated at 514lb ft at 5750rpm, with 80% of torque available from 1750rpm. As before, drive is channelled through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Ferrari says the car’s engine note is “rich and powerful in performance driving and discreet yet harmonious in the city.”
Armed with more power, the GTC4Lusso can reach 62mph from a standing start in 3.4sec – 0.3sec faster than the FF – while its top speed is unchanged at 208mph. When specified with optional lightweight components, the GTC4Lusso has a dry weight of 1790kg, which matches the FF. Ferrari has yet to reveal whether the GTC4Lusso will improve on the FF’s fuel economy or CO2 emissions figures, which currently stand at a claimed 18.3mpg and 360g/km respectively.
Pricing and availability for the GTC4Lusso won’t be revealed until closer to the car’s launch in Geneva, but we’d expect prices to rise from the £226,023 of the FF.
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