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Ferrari GTC4Lusso: FF replacement announced

Ferrari has released images and details of the FF-replacing the GTC4Lusso, which boasts 680bhp and a new four-wheel drive system


The Ferrari FF has a new name and a new face for 2016, thanks to the unveiling of the GTC4Lusso. Obviously drawing from the company’s back catalogue of GT cars for the name, this represents a substantial update for the most versatile of all current Ferrari models.

Technology is at the forefront of the new car's features, with a patented 4RM-S (four-wheel drive and steering) system combined with Ferrari’s fantastic E-Diff and SCM-E dampers to complete the dynamic package. All this is said to improve on the FF’s low-grip capabilities, while improving the car’s high-speed behaviour.

Peak power from the 6.3-litre V12 has been increased to 680bhp at 8000rpm, up from the old car’s 651bhp. Ferrari has resisted the urge to bolt on a turbocharger, utilising a high 13.5:1 compression ratio and other tweaks to up the power. The 514lb ft of torque peaks at 5750rpm, although Ferrari points out that 80 per cent of this is available from just 1750rpm.

While the car retains its overall shooting brake proportions, the GTC4Lusso represents a significant external facelift for the FF. For aerodynamic reasond, the roofline has been lowered at the back of the car, and combined with the new rear lights changes the character of the car considerably.

Inside, the changes are similarly radical, with a new ‘Dual Cockpit’ dashboard. This includes a passenger display with various functions, designed to 'enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger'.

The new car will be unveiled in full at the Geneva motor show next month.

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