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DRIVEN | Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T

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FERRARI GTC4 LUSSO T

Words & Photography by Eli Ankutse

Video filmed by Jimmy Knott


 

I find great similarities between writing and driving.

To get the best “release”, writing is process best pursued alone, in the confines of one’s mind yes, but also physically alone, with the rest of the world put on pause while your thoughts unfold on paper—or more likely keyboard as is the wont these days.

With each word, you find yourself more detangled from reality and more entangled in those words you write, giving yourself the clarity of objectivity you didn’t have before, whilst you were residing in the maelstrom of your thoughts.

I find driving similarly effective. Driving—for therapeutic purposes—is best done alone, with music as the backdrop to your thought process, or the engine soundtrack as your rhythmic accompaniment helping your to enter a new transitive state. With each corner taken, each traffic light, the tension progressively dissipates until you reach a place you become part of a new story, a story about you, your car and the road.

For this there is no better vehicle than a Grand Tourer, a car specifically designed for long-distance driving, that makes comfort in transit its ultimate goal, while not negating the primal driving needs; driving enjoyment.

Until recent times, it was hard to place Ferrari in this category as while the cars where great on the eye and incredible for performance, then Grand Tourer element was less of a priority, with basic commodities, such as boot space, for example, considered surplus to requirements. But in 2004 enter the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti; a car than stands out to me as it was the first Ferrari I had the pleasure of actually being driven in. One thing that stood out to me was the sheer presence of the vehicle on the road, and it’s stately authority. Something else stood out to me… The driver was an owner of multiple Ferrari’s and yet, as he drove the Scaglietti he seemed somewhat “tense”. In the end I asked, him why that was, and his response was telling:

“I feel like it’s almost too powerful”

Then there’s the boot space, which I would describe as “vacuous”, with space for 2 sets of golf clubs (at least)

Regardless, of whether he was technically right or not, the fact is that as far as he was concerned— it was an absolute truth. It’s hard to be comfortable driving long distance in a car that you are essentially wary of, or to be in any sort of real comfort. Ferrari answered this in 2011 with the FF, Ferrari’s first production four-wheel drive model. It was also the first to feature this distinguished new look as fusion of designs both past and present, in a four-seater that would form the template for the GTC4 Lusso which followed in 2016.

I drove the GTC4 Lusso T, which is essence is very similar, to the GTC4 Lusso, but forgoes the 6.3litre V12 for a Twin-Turbo 3.9litre V8, and also a 2-wheel rear drive. Performance wise, the handling, is of course different. You can’t be as aggressive as you can in adverse conditions as you can with the Lusso, but for what I would call “normal” driving the Lusso T will outperform pretty much any Luxury Grand Tourer on the market. And regarding the power, you’re looking at a reduction of 0.1 seconds in the 0-60 times, with the V12 Lusso boasting a time of 3.4 seconds and the V8 Lusso T, 3.5s. Then there’s the boot space, which I would describe as “vacuous”, with space for 2 sets of golf clubs (at least) with taking any of the interior cabin space as storage.


Price: From £200,165
Engine: 3.9Litre V8
Top Speed: 199mph
0-60:
3.5seconds


Much like with the GTC4 Lusso, rather than being race-focused, the interior is geared for long-distance driving; comfortable, intuitive feature laden, and while still being inherently Ferrari. Can you take it on the track? Of course you can— this is a Ferrari, true to its heritage and if anything, this is where the rear-wheel drive Lusso T comes into its own as it encourages those with more “adventurous” driving habits to get the back-end to slip out, under control of course.

For me though, this is a car I’d use as its nature intended, for long drives; therapy at it’s very finest.

For more feedback, watch the video review below or click here.

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