Ferrari GTC4Lusso

ALPINE REFRESH - Shmee150 tests out the Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Photo: Ferrari S.p.A.

Ferrari’s ambitions for the sporty hatchback are scaling new heights, as Shmee discovers in the Dolomites

The FF is the car that brought hatchback styling to Ferrari – four seats, four-wheel drive, the Ferrari Four. Its successor, the GTC4Lusso, takes the idea further, but throws out the neat naming structure. FF2 might have sounded better, but let’s not go down that road. Instead, I’m taking it up a mountain pass in the Italian Alps.

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The name may seem as convoluted as these beautiful winding roads, but the “4” remains significant – now it also represents four-wheel steering. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front for a tighter radius and better grip. At higher speeds, they turn the same way as for stability. This car is more powerful than the FF – 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds – but in Comfort mode it’s also gentler. The throttle response is softer, the steering more relaxed, and the air-con quieter. There’s even a powered trunk. This is a car that´s more at the GT end of the spectrum.

I don’t regularly do comfort; in nine months, I’ve put 8,000 miles on my FF, mostly in Sport mode. Maybe it’s the mountain air, but I could be convinced to trade up. 

Besides, put your foot down and the hills come alive with that naturally aspirated Ferrari engine sound.

Watch Shmee testing the Ferrari GTC4Lusso in the Dolomites

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