2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T first drive

A true cross-continent Ferrari doesn’t need four-wheel-drive and a prodigious great V12 engine, apparently. Or that’s what customers of the legendary Italian sports car manufacturer have been saying in focus groups and the like, which has led to this: the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T.

Much the same as the regular GTC4Lusso (even if Ferrari insists it’s an entirely different model), the T features a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 610 horsepower and a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds.

2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

Don’t fear, Ferrari fans. This isn’t replacing the regular GTC4Lusso. Yes, it’s another stage of the downsizing trend, but it’s simply an alternative option rather than a true victory for the environmentalists. It’s also marks the first Ferrari variant ever to be sold with a choice of engines.

First impressions

For a start, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T looks fantastic. You’ll have to be a paid-up red anorak wearer (not unheard of in Ferrari circles) to spot the difference between the T and the regular GTC4Lusso. Spy the unique exhaust tips and bespoke 20-inch alloys… and other than that, it’s pretty much business as usual.

2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

Not that that’s a bad thing. We’re huge fans of the regular shooting brake’s appearance, so it’s unsurprising that we think the T looks drop-dead gorgeous. Its quad circle rear lights, wagon-esque stance and aggressive front headlights combine to make a car that never fails to turn heads.

Inside, you’ll find four seats and a typically Ferrari cabin. By that we mean unusual switchgear,...