NAZA Italia debuts Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso T in Malaysia!

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m44c4996We are just as surprised as you are, to find out that NAZA Italia, official importer of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia, have unveiled the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T here in Malaysia. This event was held at St. Regis Kuala Lumpur today and is in tandem with the car’s official launch at the Paris Motor Show 2016. In fact, this is the first time Malaysia has participated in a simultaneous global debut for Ferrari.

As you can already guess, the ‘T’ in the car’s namesake denotes turbo technology. Where you would normally see a stonking V12 engine, the GTC4Lusso T now gets motivation from a 3.9 litre twin-turbo V8. This is the same engine which was voted as the 2016 International Engine of the Year, and is also used in Ferrari’s California T.

m44c5060-editIn the GTC4Lusso T, the blown V8 makes 610PS at 7,500rpm and 760Nm between 3,000 and 5,250rpm. This will be the first four-seater in the Prancing Horse stable to sport a turbo-charged V8 engine. This is less power than the V12 GTC4Lusso (690PS/697Nm) as well as the car’s predecessor, the V12 Ferrari Four (660PS/683Nm). Despite that, the new car still completes the century sprint in 3.5 seconds, just one tenth of a second slower than its V12 brethren and more importantly 0.2 seconds quicker than the FF. On an unrestricted road, Ferrari says the GTC4Lusso T will pass 320km/h.

m44c5178The new car has a weight bias of 46:54 on the rear and unlike its V12 sibling, all of the power will be sent to the rubbers on the rear. However, Ferrari’s dynamic four-wheel steering (4WS) remains and works in tandem with Side Slip Control (SSC3) to give the driver more rapid response to steering wheel inputs when entering and exiting apexes. Almost 50kg is shaved off, thanks in part to the smaller engine and deletion of the all-wheel drive gearbox. We think this reduction in weight should translate to a more nimble, dynamic Prancing Horse.

m44c5142Most of the changes were made under and inside the car – from the exterior, you only notice the addition of the ‘T’ badge. The GTC4Lusso T’s styling remains unique as a 3-door shooting brake and while most favour the car’s front, I personally prefer the view from the rear. What I really miss are the ‘panty lines’ from the FF and F12, but that’s another story in itself. Exclusive to the GTC4Lusso T is the unique Dual Cockpit architecture, which was designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger. It also incorporates the latest iteration of Ferrari’s infotainment system, completed with a massive 10.25″ HD capacitive touchscreen.

Ferrari says that this car is aimed at a younger clientele and for owners who seek a car that is sporty, versatile and ideal for driving on a daily basis. The V8 turbo’s characteristics is said to be suitable for driving in urban contexts – a rich, powerful soundtrack during acceleration that becomes more muted at lower speeds, along with rapid pick-up from low revs. Ferrari says the Variable Boost Management (VBM) has variable torque curves between 3rd and 7th gears, resulting in zero lag and a consistent, longitudinal acceleration through the ratios.

m44c5005m44c5173-editBase prices for the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T starts from RM1,088,000 (excluding duties, taxes and customization options). And don’t worry – should you still insist on a naturally aspirated V12, the GTC4Lusso will still be sold alongside the GTC4Lusso T.

 

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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