While the Ferrari FF certainly did an excellent job in bringing all-wheel drive to the model lineup when it first appeared in 2011. It was not exactly the most stylish pony in the Ferrari stable, and at five years old, is also the oldest offering it had. The folks at Maranello aimed to correct both of these wrongs with the 2017 GTC4 Lusso.
Formally replacing the FF for the 2017 model year, the GTC4 Lusso is much better looking than before thanks to revamped exterior styling. The tauter suit of clothes ditches some of the FF’s rounder cues, and embraces more angles and creases. This helps it look less frumpy, and allows the front fascia to fall in line with the firm’s design language. The bulk of the changes however are found at the rear of the car. Once bestowed with less than desirable names by critics due to its ungainly apperance and awkward proportions, the rear fascia has undergone an extensive makeover to help it look more aggressive. The fastback roofline for example has been lowered with the kinks near the side glass flipped around. Other tweaks include a roof mounted spoiler, and all new quad taillights which replace the old twin units.
Performance still comes from the familiar 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V12, but horsepower has been increased to 680 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. This is a noticeable improvement over the old car, but is still shy of the more powerful F12 Berlinetta. All of this muscle is still channeled through the company’s only all-wheel drive system, but the GTC4 Lusso ups the ante by incorporating four wheel steering technology. First seen on the F12 TdF, the 4RM-S system works in unison with Ferrari’s Slip Slide Control 4.0 system to allow the car to stay planted to the road in any weather condition.
Ferrari did not reveal what transmission is lurking underneath the Lusso’s sheetmetal, but it will most likely be the same 7-speed DCT unit that saw duty in the FF. Despite this, it is still capable of launching the car to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and a final top speed of 208 mph.
Look for the 2017 GTC4 Lusso to make its formal debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March before going on sale later this year.