The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso four-seat grand tourer has reached the end of its life with production having stopped and the company’s upcoming SUV due to serve as its indirect replacement.
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Why is Ferrari replacing the GTC4 Lusso?
In a statement released confirming the news, Ferrari said, “In accordance with its five-year model strategy announced in 2017 and the company’s standard model life cycle, Ferrari has phased out production of the GTC4 Lusso and GTC4 Lusso T.”
What made this grand tourer special?
Introduced as a replacement for the FF in 2016, the GTC4 Lusso was positioned as Ferrari’s most practical model, and with four seats and a usable boot, intended to appeal to younger buyers.
It maintained the FF’s all-wheel-drive system and 6.3-litre V12 engine, but with power raised to 690hp. The GTC4 Lusso was also among the first Ferraris to userear-wheel steering.
Ferrari introduced a more affordable, entry-level version called the GTC4 Lusso T in 2018. This used a modified version of the 3.8-litre V8 engine found in the California T and was rear-wheel drive only.
Was the GTC4 Lusso popular?
Since its introduction, the GTC4 Lusso has attracted a strong following. The Italian firm has sold more than 1,496 examples in Europe, an average of 374 per year. However, production of the GTC4 Lusso is being phased out as the marque turns its attention towards its first SUV, which is due in 2022.
Do we know more about Ferrari’s upcoming SUV?
Dubbed the Purosangue, which translates from Italian as ‘thoroughbred’, the SUV will have four seats and a length of around five metres. It is also known that it will employ Ferrari’s scalable front-mid-engine architecture, one of two highly flexible structures that will underpin the firm’s future model range.
While no powertrains have been confirmed, expect Ferrari to produce both a V12 and V6 plug-in hybrid version of the Purosangue as it seeks to lower its CO2 emissions in line with the new EU regulations arriving in 2021.
What else is Ferrari doing?
Partly to this end, the marque recently introduced its first series-production plug-in hybrid: the SF90 Stradale. First deliveries of this model have been delayed by several months due to production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They were originally scheduled for the first half of 2020, but have now been pushed back to later this year.
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