Ferrari will take the covers off the Italian carmaker’s first-ever V8 turbocharged four-seater at next week’s Paris Motor Show.

The 602bhp GTC4 Lusso T is based on the current V12-engined GTC4 Lusso, this ‘base’ model is powered by the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine from the California T. However, unlike its V12 powered sibling, the Lusso T will be available with rear-wheel drive only; all of the rampaging 602bhp will be sent to the rear axle via a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.

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The V8 engine when equipped in the California T produces 552bhp; Ferrari’s boffins have re-worked the motor further still to produce 602bhp at 7500rpm. Torque is also increased from 557lbft at 4750rpm to 650lb ft between 3000rpm and a 5250rpm. As a comparison, the V12 powered GTC4Lusso produces 680bhp and 514lb ft.

In terms of performance numbers, the GTC4Lusso T completes the 0-62 run in 3.5 seconds running out of steam at a very quick 198mph, again, using the V12 as a comparison which completes the 0-62 run in 3.4 seconds before going on to a 208mph top speed.

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To compensate for the loss of the four-wheel drive setup, Ferrari’s engineers have re-worked the electronic chassis aids to integrate the four-wheel steering with Slide Slip Control 3 to ensure faster steering response times during cornering to compensate for the rear wheels steering in the same direction as the chassis.

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On the looks aspect, the GTC4Lusso T remains virtually the same as its V12 powered sibling by keeping the stunning shooting-brake style body aside from a few minor pieces of bespoke trim. On the inside, the four-seat layout remains the same including the 10.25 HD screen and infotainment system.

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Ferrari is clearly working on the expectation that a choice of engines for the GTC4Lusso will broaden its sales appeal worldwide. Expect the V8 GTCLusso T to be priced at around 10-15% less than its V12 powered sibling which currently starts at £230,000 in the UK.

 

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