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FF Is Dead, Long Live The 2017 GTC4 Lusso

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 160065-car-Ferrari_GTC4Lusso_r_3_4_LRof 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 160062-car-Ferrari_GTC4Lusso_front_LRmuscle 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.

 

Ferrari Introduces F12 TdF, Brings More Power, Better Gearbox To F12 Lineup

Ferrari has always been known for its widespread success both on and off the track during its long and iconic history. One such event was the Tour de France event which was used as the theme for this special edition Ferrari

Ferrari engineers used the F12 Berlinetta as a template but they managed to squeeze even more power out of its already potent 6.3 liter V12 engine which now makes 769 horsepower and an equally lofty 520 lb-ft of torque. As a bonus, Ferrari claims that 80 percent of this muscle will be available from a rather low 2,500 revs which should make thetdf 5 TdF a formidable opponent during impromptu drag races. However, in true Ferrari fashion the engineers also tweaked both of the seven speed dual clutch transmissions with up-shifts happening 30 percent quicker, while downshifts are 40 percent faster. The ratios for each gear are also shorter, though look for that particular difference to only be noticed by an experienced driver.

The F12 TdF’s handling has also received a reboot and the car features a wider track, larger wheels, a stiffer suspension, and the same one piece brakes that also see duty in the LaFerrari hypercar. The key element here is not the beefier brakes, but rather the all new tdf 6“Virtual Short Wheelbase” system that makes its debut on this particular model. Essentially a trick four wheel steering system, this impressive piece of technology helps improve high speed stability, sharpens the car’s handling manners, and keeps the tail firmly planted during spirited driving especially on twister sections of road.

The exterior styling in contrast retains much of the F12’s basic styling theme, but Ferrari engineers put significant effort in not only lightening it, but also improving its aerodynamic efficiency with the TdF wielding 87 percent more down force than the standard model, while also weighing 240 lbs lighter.

The end result of all of this time and effort reveals itself when the gas pedal is mashed to the floor with the TdF boasting an impressive 2.9 second 0 to 62 mph time with 124 mph tdf 1arriving in a equally swift 7.9 seconds. The company claims that the TdF also posted a solid lap time of 1:21 when driven on the company’s private track in Fiorano Italy. This figure is quicker than both the standard F12 and the recently unveiled 488 GTB, and is only a hair off the LaFerraris time.

If this car sounds like the perfect accessory to your garage, you will have to act quickly. Ferrari plans to only build 799 examples with pricing expected to reflect its sheer rarity. Also look for the transmission tweaks to possibly trickle their way into other Ferrari models as well as the Virtual Wheel Base system.

Look for the car to make its formal debut at a future auto show with formal pricing expected to be announced before its formal launch to dealers. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on the F12 TdF as they become available.

 

 

Ferrari Unveils LaFerrari Derived FXX K Racer

With the recent unveiling of Ferrari’s latest flagship hypercar the LaFerrari at last years Geneva Motor Show, it was only a matter of time before we would see the latest track oriented iteration of this beast, but the question on everyone’s mind was when it would make its debut? Well wonder no more, because Ferrari has delivered unveiling the FXX K at an event in Abu Dhabi earlier today.

The alphabet soup inspired style of its name may seem confusing at first, but each letter has a significant meaning that adds to the car’s mystique even more. The first three “FXX” is a direct reference to the original Enzo derived FXX hypercar, which helped kick off the Italian firms client development program over a decade ago with its experimental technology and its 1400443_CAR-Ferrari-FXXKrevolutionary for the period performance features which slowly trickled down into its production models.  However the key letter in this iteration is the final letter in its name the letter “K” which signifies the tweaked KERS system that dwells beneath its sleek bodywork.

Speaking of that bodywork, Ferrari engineers have focused a great deal of their efforts in revamping the styling which is now more aerodynamically efficient than before. The front fascia for example gets a new two part front splitter borrowed from Ferrari’s successful GT racing program, while vertical flank mounted fins and extended side ski1400445_CAR-Ferrari-FXXKrts add to the function over form appearance. The rear fascia has also been highly modified and boasts a larger rear wing, more vertical fins, and a giant diffuser that works together with the rest of the styling to allow the FXX K to have 50 percent more down force than the standard LaFerrari with super sticky Pirelli racing slicks providing the grip needed to keep the car glued to the track while carbon ceramic brake discs help keep things under control.

Performance for the FXX K is also much sharper and focused than before with the 6.3 liter V12 now wielding a more potent 848 horsepower (a gain of 99 horsepower) while the electric motor has also been revamped and now produces 187 horsepower (versus 160). Overall the combined system is now capable of a lofty 1,035 horsepower which is a hefty 1400446_CAR-Ferrari-FXXKincrease from the standard models 950 horsepower but its 664 lb-ft of torque is down 51 lb-ft from the standard car a slight downgrade but one that is hardly noticed when the car is going flat out at the track. All of this power is funneled through a modified 7-speed dual clutch automatic which features steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for precise control at any speed. As a neat bonus, the FXX K also arrives with a re-calibrated electronic differential, ABS, traction control, Racing Side Slip Control (SSC), and a four mode Manetinno dial on the steering wheel that allows the driver to choose from four different levels of electric boost.

Just like its fellow FXX branded predecessors, look for the FXX K to be mainly a testbed for Ferrari experimental technologies with some of them possibly ending up in future Ferrari models. Also while a dream match between it and its closest competitor the McLaren P1 GTR may not happen anytime soon due to both cars not participating in any racing series in lieu of their respective client development programs, it would still be neat to find out which hypercar is indeed superior in a head to head duel.