Ferrari makes two kinds of dream machines: sports cars and GT cars. The former rank is currently filled by the 488 GTB mid-engine supercar and the LaFerrari hypercar; the latter is occupied by the California T and the 812 Superfast.
Then there’s the oddball of this aristocratic lineup: the GTC4 Lusso.
Ferrari will never, ever build an SUV. (It has its corporate cousins Maserati and Alfa Romeo to supply them.) Nor will it build a car with four doors. So for that buyer who wants a Ferrari but doesn’t need a bonkers mid-mounted twin-turbo V-8 making well over 600 horsepower, and who would prefer that their ride sent power to all four wheels, there’s the GTC4 Lusso.
The vehicle is part of a very narrow niche: the “shooting brake,” a sort of station wagon coupe, based on hunting coaches from the 19th century.
The GTC4 is a new model of the car once known as the FF. We spent some time with the FF a few years ago, in proper East Coast winter weather. What a car! More recently, Ferrari allowed us to spend a weekend checking out the new GTC4, which came in at $ 347,522.84. (The 84 cents was just because.)
Here’s what we thought.
Photos by Hollis Johnson unless otherwise indicated.
The GTC4 Lusso arrived in New York City wearing a “Blue Tour de France” paint job — a kind of luminous, deep royal blue that I think looks great on Ferraris that aren’t red.
The GTC4 follows the FF, which was the all-wheel-drive Ferrari I sampled in the winter of 2015.
The car brought out my “I wanna be an Italian” side.