New 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Hatchback
Ferrari GTC4Lusso Hatchback
With four seats, four wheels driving and four wheels steering, the 680-horsepower 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso is in a class all by itself.
2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Pricing
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2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso KBB Expert Review
As the successor to the shooting-brake Ferrari FF, the 2018 GTC4Lusso brings all the things we loved about the design while smoothing over some of the FF’s rough edges. In V12 form, the GTC4Lusso generates 680 horsepower sent to all four wheels and can sprint to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. That places it in the company of other 4-seat supercars like the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and Porsche 911 S. Not that the Lusso has a massive rear seat, but it is more functional than what you’ll find in the Porsche or Aston Martin. For those looking for a less expensive alternative, there’s the new GTC4Lusso T, which swaps the V12 and all-wheel drive (AWD) for a twin-turbocharged V8 and rear-wheel drive (RWD).
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re looking for a high-end supercar that’s as accommodating in everyday driving as it is burning up laps on the track, the 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso should prove tempting. Offering a choice of engines and drivetrains, the Lusso is the most flexible Ferrari you can buy, and its rear seat can actually fit two adults, although not for any great length of time.
You May Not Like This Car If...
With $300,000 and change, you can buy a lot of things -- but a single car might be a stretch. You can find similar performance from a Corvette Z06, but not seating for four. A Jaguar F-Type R, Nissan GT-R or even a 4-door Porsche Panamera is a less expensive high-performance alternative with more high-tech safety features and options.
What's New for 2018
For 2018, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso gains a new, lower priced trim. The GTC4Lusso T ditches the V12 and all-wheel drive in favor of a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter flat-plane V8 good for a respectable 602 horsepower. The Lusso T drops about $40,000 off the V12’s price, but only 0.1 seconds off its 0-60 time.
That the 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso is fast is never in doubt. But that it makes such a livable daily driver came as a surprise to more than one KBB staffer. Lyn Woodward said of the GTC4Lusso, “Even in Sport mode, Ferrari didn’t tune the Lusso like a track car. And while you can feel the road underneath you, it’s not violent and no one is going to need to go to the chiropractor after a drive.” The Lusso’s 4-wheel steering remains sharp and reactive, aided on the V12 model by Ferrari’s complex all-wheel-drive system that reverts to rear drive once fifth gear is engaged. An even more complex front-axle setup improves traction via a torque-vectoring system. In the GTC4Lusso T, acceleration times are nearly identical, but we like the lighter body and less complicated rear-drive setup over the V12 model. If only the V8 had the same sweet growl. Inside, the GTC4Lusso shuts out some of the engine and exhaust noise with added insulation around the body and glass. The seats are comfortable and not too snug, the audio and infotainment setup adequate and the noticeable lack of advanced driver assists glaring.
The GTC4Lusso’s complex all-wheel-drive system engages all four wheels in gears one through four, then reverts to rear drive for five through seven. A 2-speed gearbox controls the entire operation. Half-shaft clutches on the front axles permit up to 90 percent of the available torque to be sent to just one wheel.
PANORAMIC GLASS ROOF
The available panoramic fixed-glass roof really opens up the Lusso’s interior, making it feel less cramped while sufficiently tinted to keep out bright light and heat.
Ferrari’s 2018 GTC4Lusso offers seating for four, and provided the driver and front passenger are no taller than 5-feet-8, the rear seats can actually accommodate two adults. Like most Ferrari cars, the Lusso and Lusso T are equipped with an F1-style steering wheel housing controls for the turn signals, wipers, Bluetooth, MagneRide suspension settings, drive-mode selector, start button and, around back, audio controls. The audio system comprises a 10.3-inch touch screen with an available companion touch screen for the passenger (this smaller screen allows viewing of navigation, audio, speed and g-forces). Leather and carbon fiber abound.
The GTC4Lusso’s silhouette is what is known in car parlance as a “shooting-brake” design. The elongated roof, short hatch and long hood look vaguely familiar, especially if parked next to a 1999 BMW Z3 Coupe. On the Lusso, the look works well, with plenty of familiar Ferrari styling cues like the massive elongated headlights, deep side sculpting and twin round taillights. Ferrari offers a number of exterior upgrades, ranging from brakes to exhaust tips to wheels to paint colors. But be prepared to shell out big bucks.
Notable Standard Equipment
As one would expect of a $300,000 car, the standard-features set is impressive, yet some things found on the most basic Hyundai remain optional on the GTC4Lusso, such as Apple CarPlay. Standard fare includes leather seating, metal accents plus a 10.3-inch touch-screen infotainment setup with a 640-watt AM/FM/CD stereo, 30GB hard drive and eight speakers. There’s also a power-adjustable F1-style steering wheel, height-adjustable adaptive magnetic shock absorbers, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, projector-beam HID headlights, leather-covered 14-way-power front seats with power lumbar and Brembo brakes.
Notable Optional Equipment
There are a number of options regarding various leathers, interior stitching, carpets and colors. Wheel upgrades and colored calipers are also plentiful, but some of the more expensive options may come as surprise. We can understand the $20,000 panoramic glass roof, the $759 120GB infotainment upgrade and even the $3,375 front-camera system. But $4,219 for Apple CarPlay? And Android Auto isn’t even on the list. We’re still scratching our heads over that one. Also available is a passenger-side touch-screen information pad. Missing from the list are things like adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking and lane-keep assist and warning.
Under the Hood
The 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso is powered by a normally aspirated, 6.3-liter V12 engine good for 680 horsepower. Power is routed through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, and then to a 2-speed gearbox that operates the all-wheel-drive system. The GTC4Lusso T gets a slightly less potent twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 producing a respectable 602 horsepower. The same transmission routes power to the rear wheels. The 4-wheel-steering system works by theoretically creating a shorter wheelbase in tight corners, turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction of those up front. On the freeway, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels, improving stability at high speed.
3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (GTC4Lusso T)
602 horsepower @7,500 rpm
561 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg
6.3-liter V12 (GTC4Lusso)
680 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm
514 lb-ft of torque @ 5,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 mpg
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso starts just under $305,000, including the $3,000 gas-guzzler tax and $3,750 destination charge. For the Lusso T, the total price drops to just shy of $268,000, again including a lower $1,000 gas-guzzler tax and $3,750 destination charge. Hardly chump change, and when you start adding options, the price can approach $380,000 for the Lusso, and nearly $340,000 for the Lusso T. Considering a nicely equipped Jaguar F-Type SVR starts around $123,000, and a 2-seat Corvette Z06 around $91,000, it’s clear there are performance alternatives costing much less. Then again, there is no matching the cachet of a Ferrari, and very few supercars can hold four passengers. As for resale, expect it to be high, especially if the Lusso and Lusso T sell out. To be sure you’re making the best deal on your 2018 GTC4Lusso, do check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.
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