Ferrari will debut the turbocharged version of its GTC4Lusso model at the Paris Motor Show next month.

It marks the first time the Italian luxury car maker has placed a turbocharged V8 engine into a four-seater. The new engine option is targeted at ‘owners seeking a car that is sporty and versatile’.

The 3.9-litre V8 turbo is an evolution of the engine introduced in the California T that won the 2016 International Engine of the Year. Fitted here it has had power upped to 601bhp, but it’s the economy figures that are most impressive.

Yes, even Ferrari has to succumb to reducing its emissions, something a turbo helps achieve. The V12 GTC4Lusso emits 350g/km of CO2, while this new turbocharged V8 emits 265g/km. Fuel economy is also improved, from 18.8mpg in the V12 to 24.4.

Okay, so they’re not numbers that’ll make tree huggers love the Prancing Horse, but for Ferrari owners looking to utilise their GT car for long distances drives as intended, that’ll represent some impressive fuel savings.

The GTC4Lusso’s control systems have been recalibrated for the new torque delivery, particularly the rear-wheel steering system and Slide Slip Control. The technology combines to sharpen steering inputs by turning the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts.

Power delivery to all four wheels is distributed 46 per cent to the front, 54 per cent to the rear to give a rear-biased driving experience.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

September 22, 2016

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