Velocity for four
The first three things which come to mind at the mention of the Ferrari name is speed, sex appeal and sublime motoring. The 458 Italia, for example, has been the most well-balanced modern Ferrari to drive so far in my experience. Or the F12berlinetta, an automotive gauntlet in which you either master, or failing that, punishes you.
Here in Dubai, the new Ferrari GTC4Lusso T is put to the test amid sandy dunes and wide throroughfares of the city. It’s one of the more outlier members within the Prancing Horse stable, with its 2+2 configuration and a sizeable boot for luggage. It also serves as the evolutionary descendant of the FF, with its new grille and restyled vents.
To spice things up, it’s powered by a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 that transfers 602bhp and 760Nm to the rear wheels. Gearing is performed through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is thoroughly optimised for both cruising and dynamic driving. In the century sprint, it takes you from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds.
Putting that claim to test, I push the GTC4Lusso T on the Sheikh Zayed highway upon passing the majestic dunes of Al Quwain towards the stony mountains of Ras Al-Khaimah. Hitting 300km/h on this speed-governed stretch is easily achievable, with the car well planted, with reserves of power waiting to be unleashed.
Its Grand Tourer nature ensures that the GTC4Lusso T returns a refined performance, even in comfort mode. Inside, the dual-cockpit dashboard keeps your front passenger up to date through a screen displaying speed, navigation, or even when Spandau Ballet is being played on the media display. There’s even ample space for two rear occupants with proper air-conditioning outlets for convenience.
Off the highway and on the mountain pass headed towards Jebel Jais, the GTC4Lusso T immediately transforms from an easy-going GT into an absolute blast to drive. An eager power plant, pin-sharp steering and an agile chassis with adaptive dampers, helps the driver gun through corners with extreme precision and feedback. Push it slightly harder with traction control off and you’ll soon experience proper fun with some sliding action when progressing out of a bend. On the final leg heading to the Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi, the GTC4Lusso T comes out trumps for those seeking some practicality infused with a twist of Ferrari dynamics and thrill.