The first ever front-engined four-seater V8 Ferrari has been shown at the Paris motor show.
The Prancing Horse made history last week – all thanks to mating the turbocharged V8 of the California T with the four-seater body of the CTC4Lusso to produce an all-new type of Ferrari: a four-seater, front-engined V8, called the CTC4Lusso T.
Unlike the V12-powered CTC4Lusso, the T will only be offered in rear-wheel drive form. This not only saves weight, but the the dynamic control systems have been specifically calibrated to boost responsiveness. In particular, the four-wheel steering set-up has been integrated with Side Slip Control (SSC3), making for more rapid response to steering inputs.
Ferrari’s 3.9-litre V8 turbo is the latest evolution to emerge from the engine family that was nominated the 2016 International Engine of the Year. Its maximum power output in this form is 602bhp 7500rpm, while maximum torque of 557lb ft is available at between 3000-5250rpm. Ferrari has refined the variable boost management system, with the aim of keeping turbo lag to a minimum.
The GTC4Lusso T’s bodywork is largely the same as its V12-engined big brother, aside from a few pieces of bespoke trim. The cabin is an effortless melding of distinctive Ferrari styling with the plushness expected of a four-seater GT, also featuring Ferrari’s ‘Dual Cockpit’ architecture, designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger. It also incorporates the latest iteration of the infotainment system complete with a 10.25-inch HD capacitive touchscreen.
Ferrari has developed the new model with an eye firmly fixed on the Chinese market, which heavily taxes anything with an engine capacity of 4.0-litres or more. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, however Ferrari has hinted that it will cost around 10 percent less than its little brother.