Ferrari’s ideal family car? Four-seat GTC4 Lusso T arrives
WHAT'S your ideal family car? Mazda CX-9? BMW 5 Series Touring? Audi Q7?
You're wrong of course. If we take cash out of the equation (it's just money, right?) your new family favourite is this, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T.
Let me tell you why. There's a 449kW/760Nm twin-turbo V8 slinging you to 100kmh in 3.5 seconds: dad's happy. It's dripping in leathery goodness and has all the Italian style and flair a girl could ever want: mum's happy.
There are two rear seats and a hatch boot-lid which raises to squeeze in a pram or bike: kids are happy. Then there are Ferrari badges on every sculpted side of this "shooting brake coupe": everybody's happy.
Aimed at a younger demographic than the full fat V12-powered Lusso model, this daily driver family choice is the first Prancing Horse-badged four-seater to feature a V8, this being the rather magnificent 3.9-litre V8 twin-turbo used to such startling effect in the likes of Ferrari's 488 GTB.
A powerplant, incidentally, which scooped International Engine of the Year 2016; an achievement worth celebrating even if you lament Ferrari "resorting" to forced induction in much of its current car range.
The new GTC4Lusso T made its Australasian debut in Sydney last week, fresh from a global reveal at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Bar Machiavelli in Rushcutters Bay served as host, with the rapid wagon - sorry, shooting brake coupe - shown in classy Grigio Titanio with red leather cabin.
Specifications? The GTC4Lusso T is actually quite the beast, measuring nearly 5-metres long and weighing a lardy 1865kg. Little wonder it needs that boosted motor to keep performance figures Ferrari-like: 320kmh top speed and able to reach 200kmh in just over 10 seconds. It'll pull up quick too thanks to hefty 398mm front brake rotors.
Aimed at owners seeking a car that is "sporty, versatile and ideal for driving on a daily basis", it features four-wheel steering and Side Slip Control for a more rapid response to steering inputs when entering and exiting corners (see, it's safety-orientated too!).
Practical as well? Four seats of course, and 450-litres of boot space trumps a Honda C-RV mid-size SUV. It sups a quoted 11.6L/100km of Premium (not on my watch it wouldn't), which stings less than your dad's old Falcon wagon.
I suppose we can't ignore the real sticking point and that's the family budget. You'll be staring down a bill for $503,888 before on-roads and options (Apple CarPlay, for example, is a rather comical $6790 extra) when it goes on sale next year.
And as there's no doubt going to be a lengthy waiting list too, maybe you should just buy that Skoda Octavia family wagon instead.