There’s is absolutely no better feeling than flying in a private jet. Even if you don’t need a Gulf Stream 5, you might consider the next best thing, the 2017 Ferrari GTC4/Lusso. This car is the closest you’re going to get to that kind of experience.
And yet when I tell people that I just spent an afternoon with the new Ferrari GTC/4 Lusso, I’m met by the same sort of enthusiasm one gets when mentioning they’ve just rotated their tires.
“It’s not really a Ferrari”, they say, no matter the Black Prancing Horse on the nose. And, “a 488 is faster (a 488 has a top end of 205MPH, the GTC4/Lusso 214MPH).
I get it, this car isn’t for everyone. This machine is a thoughtful purchase as opposed to the instant appeal of other cars in the Ferrari line up.
Ferrari did a good bit of magic redoing the old FF (Ferrari FF). From the curvy swoop on the side, to the front and rear facelift, the 2017 Ferrari GTC4/Lusso looks and feels like someone took the time to make it handsome, rather than just change the sheet metal.
Buying a Ferrari 488 tells the world you’ve made it. The guy that buys a Ferrari GTC4/Lusso quietly lets you know that he’s not only made it, but if he lost it, he would make it all over again…tomorrow. And that guy or gal has got that whole work-life balance thing down. They have children, hobbies, board meetings, surf boards, and need an occasional run to the grocery store. This is the car for them.
This is a lifestyle car with 680HP, four seats and now, 4 wheel drive. And though I like the idea of 4 wheel driving and plowing down icy mountain roads, truth is most owners are going use this car as an SUV. Traditionalists are going to go with this, the V12. But Ferrari has also seen fit to target the youthfully well heeled with the Lusso T with a turbo V8, as well.
Ferrari GTC/4Lusso Hatch
This turbo V8 version drops both the 4 wheel drive and a ton of weight in the process, making it a bit easier to slid around corners for the occasional track day.
Out on the road in the V12, the Lusso is quiet when you want it to be, but step on the gas and the beast awakens. Ferrari claims a 0-60 time around 3.4 seconds and that’s a serious shove in the back.
The new Ferrari GTC4/Lusso and Lusso T is a sophisticated car for the incredibly lucky few who can afford anything they want, and don’t need to explain why they bought it.
British author, Stephen Potter, humorously pointed out that all life being a game, if you’re not one-up, you’re one-down. and this Ferrari makes sure you are very one-up…
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