2018 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso verdict

Does the V12-powered Ferrari GTC4 Lusso capture the magic of its maker's badge while offering genuine practicality and comfort on long-distance cruises?...

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Doug Revolta
07 June 2017

As for running costs... well, what did you expect? It’s a V12 Ferrari that has a claimed fuel economy of just 18.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 350g/km. Running it will be astronomically expensive and vastly more than its direct rivals. You do, however, get an impressive four-year manufacturer warranty and all scheduled maintenance covered for the first seven years.

But, even with this vague sense of practicality attached to the GTC4 Lusso, Ferraris are rarely purchased in the realm of objectivity, and you’re probably not saving up to buy one. If you’re considering genuine ownership, you’ll likely shrug off the running costs and be blinded by the allure of the Ferrari badge. So you probably won’t care that the DB11 is better to drive and £100,000 cheaper, nor that the similarly priced Rolls-Royce Wraith has an interior that's in another league of luxury to the GTC4 Lusso.

The GTC4 Lusso is sensational in many respects; with a hypnotically characterful engine and a surprisingly roomy (practical, even) interior, it absolutely nails the ‘grand tourer’ nature of the luxury coupé. But it's undeniably overpriced, and interior quality is way below what it should be in places.

If you are set on a GTC4 Lusso, the V8 model is a better ownership proposition on balance, providing almost identical pace as the V12 but much lower running costs thanks to its superior efficiency. But such is the magic of this V12 engine that we wouldn’t blame you letting your heart rule your head on this one.

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Price £231,310 Engine V12, 6262cc, petrol Power 681bhp at 8000rpm Torque 514lb ft at 5750rpm Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic 0-62mph 3.4sec Top speed 214mph Official economy 18.8mpg CO2, tax band 350g/km, 37%