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Before any of you start hyperventilating in excitement, there are a few qualifiers to keep note of. The first is that these aren’t the actual special edition cars that Ferrari is planning to roll out as part of its 70th anniversary. These bad boys are 1:8 scale models of the real things and they come from Amalgam Collectibles, the maker of exquisite scale models that have graced these pages a handful of times over the years. Remember the 1:8 versions of the Jaguar E-Type that secretly stole the show at the 2016 Paris Motor Show? Yep, it’s the same company that’s bringing us 350 of these special edition Prancing Horse beauties.
The differentiation among these Ferraris come in the form of liveries, which we also first saw in Paris back in September 2016. All those liveries represented various designs that were pulled from Ferrari’s long and illustrious history, including “The Schumacher,” “The Magnum PI,” and “The Prototype.” All told, Ferrari has 70 unique liveries on offer, all of which will be used on five of the automaker’s current models, including the 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T, F12 Berlinetta, and the GTC4 Lusso. Do the math and that adds up to 350 different cars, each having their own mini-me versions courtesy of Amalgam Collection.
Needless to say, the scale models come with unparalleled detail. That much we can expect from the same company that brought us those beautiful E-Type scale models in Paris. That said, they don’t come cheap either as each scale model comes with a price tag of $695. If you can stomach that much damage to your wallets, it might be best to pre-order these scale models now ahead of their initial release in July since each of the 350 unique scale models are one-offs.
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Although Enzo Ferrari founded the company in 1939 as Auto Avio Construzioni, Ferrari wasn’t recognized as a full-fledged automaker until 1947. Maranello is getting ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary next year and the celebration began at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where the Italian brand announced the introduction of 70 special liveries that pay tribute to iconic Ferraris from the past.
Five models were selected for the livery feast: the F12beriletta, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4Lusso, and California T. Each sports car is available with any of the 70 liveries, but there’s a catch. Ferrari will only build one of each model in that livery, meaning there’s won’t be two identical cars with the same paint scheme. For instance, once someone orders a F12berlinetta in livery, that same livery won’t be offered on the same car again. However, it will be available on any of the remaining models (as long as they haven’t been ordered already, that is!).
As a result, Ferrari will build only 350 cars with the special, 70th anniversary liveries.
At the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari showed off four of its new liveries. There was an F12berlinetta inspired by Stirling Moss’ 250 GT SWB race car, a brown California T painted like Steve McQueen’s 250 Lusso, a 488 GTB that pays tribute to Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Formula One racer, and a Ferrari 488 Spider inspired by the 365 P2 that won the Nine Hours of Kyalami in 1965. The latter features the race car’s atypical metallic green paint.
The remaining 66 liveries also include several iconic paint schemes from the company’s past. There’s a red, No. 56 livery paying tribute to the first Ferrari race car from 1947, a red paint with yellow and blue accents on the nose based on Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1 car, as well as liveries inspired by the many Ferraris raced at Le Mans in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ferrari offers Can-Am- and Sunoco-inspired liveries, as well as paint schemes based on car built for celebrities back in the day.
Each livery comes with its very own name, and some of them are quite interesting. Customers can order “The Heartthrob,” “The Patriarch,” “Gran Turismo Perfection,” “The Lucybelle”, “California Dreaming,” “The Lauda,” “The Wedding Gift,” or “The Pro.”
There’s no word on pricing, but expect these models to be significantly more expensive than their standard counterparts since they will be unique. Also expect them to sell out quickly, as Ferrari has already received inquiries about matching sets of five cars in one livery.
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Although not exactly new, having debuted earlier in 2016 as an upgraded version of the Ferrari FF, the GTC4Lusso arrived at the 2016 Paris Motor Show to showcase its new T version, which uses a turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8 engine. Essentially identical to its V-12 sibling, the T stands out as Ferrari’s first full four-seat supercar with a turbocharged V-8 and makes the GTC4Lusso the first “Prancing Horse” to be available with a choice of two engines.
Under the hood is where the GTC4Lusso T is most different than the familiar V-12 model we already know. That’s because the massive 6.3-liter was replaced by the smaller, 3.9-liter V-8 that is already available in the California T and 488 GTB models. But although it’s smaller and lacks four cylinders compared to the V-12, this V-8 is by no means disappointing output-wise. The turbocharged mill cranks out no less than 601 horsepower and 561 pound-feet, which accounts for an 80-horsepower decrease, but a 47-pound-foot increase over the V-12 model. It’s also more powerful than the California T and matches the 488 GTB’s torque output down to the last pound-foot.
But differences from the V-12 model don’t stop here. The T is also a rear-wheel-drive car only, which makes it 176 pounds lighter, and has an increased weight bias toward the rear — 46:54 versus 47:53. As a result, it makes for a good enthusiasts car, while also returning enhanced fuel economy. How quick is it? Well, it needs only 3.5 seconds to hit 62 mph and hit a top speed in excess of 199 mph.
Do you still think that turbocharged Ferraris are a bad idea?
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Although it was launched for the 2016 model year, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is actually a facelifted version of the FF that the Italian company introduced in 2011. Essentially a successor to the 612 Scaglietti, the FF/GTC4Lusso is the company’s sole full four-seat sports car and Ferrari’s only four-wheel-drive model to date. The FF was introduced with a 6.3-liter V-12, an engine that got a power bump when the car’s name was changed to the GTC4Lusso. At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled a new, entry-level version of the four-seater, powered by a turbocharged, V-8 powerplant.
The arrival of the GTC4Lusso T is by no means surprising. Rumors of a V-8-powered variant surfaced long before the FF was updated and renamed the GTC4Lusso. As the “T” in the name suggests, motivation comes from the same 3.9-liter V-8 available in other turbocharged models, making the GTC4Lusso the third Ferrari to benefit from forced induction. Also, it is the first full four-seat Ferrari with a turbocharged V-8 and the first “Prancing Horse” to be available with a choice of two engines. Also, because the GTC4Lusso T is a rear-wheel-drive model only, it makes it the first Ferrari nameplate to offer RWD alongside the AWD setup.
Set to hit the road alongside the California T and 488 GTB, Ferrari’s other turbocharged model, the GTC4Lusso T is part of the company’s recent plans to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions across its lineup. Some details are still under wraps as of this writing, but we’ll be back to update the review as soon as Italian company spills the beans.
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There’s just something about the design of a shooting brake that really gets a man’s attention. In the case of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, which replaced the Ferrari FF, it’s probably the AWD and V-12 engine hidden behind the metal. When the GTC4Lusso debuted last month, we found out it came with an improvement in engine output, with 30 extra horses on tap for a total of 681 horsepower, and it boasts that new four-wheel steering system. With pricing expected in the $300,000 range, it might be out of your budget. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use Ferrari’s online configurator to build your dream car.
That’s right – the GTC4Lusso can now get customized through Ferrari’s online configurator. As you might expect, there are a lot of options to go over, including a total of 26 exterior colors, five different wheels, nine colors for the brake calipers, 15 interior color options, as well as lots of extra goodies to pick from. Needless to say, the configurator will draw you in, and before you know it, you’ve spent an hour customizing your dream car.
Once you’ve finished customizing your vehicle, a landing page displays everything you’ve selected throughout configuration. You can choose to request information directly from Ferrari, or print out a PDF form with all the details that you can save or take to a local dealership. Either way, if you dream of having a GTC4Lusso, check out the online configurator for yourself. And, while you’re at it, take a screen shot of your completed shooting brake and post it in the comments below.
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Ferrari’s first AWD model, the Ferrari FF, was launched back in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. It was essentially a successor to the 612 Scaglietti and, outside of being AWD, it also strayed away from Ferrari’s traditional coupe styling. With its shooting-brake-like design and foldable seats, the FF offered 28 cubic feet of cargo room, while still packing a V-12 engine with impressive performance numbers – something you just don’t see from exotics of this caliber.
Even with its unusual design, the FF turned out to be pretty successful, and was set for a facelift that would debut for the 2016 model year. Since the announcement of the FF’s upcoming facelift, we’ve seen the spy shots and heard all the rumors. Just a couple months ago, we even created a rendering depicting what the facelift might bring to the table. For what it’s worth, our rendering really wasn’t that far off, but Ferrari had a big surprise in store for us to go along with the long-awaited redesign.
Along with the release of official photos ahead of the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Ferrari also announced that the Ferrari FF is no more. Yes, you read that right, the redesign also comes with a new name. Say goodbye to the FF and say hello to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. There are some other sweet surprises to go with the name change as well, so join me as I take an in-depth look at the new GTC4Lusso on the inside and out.
Updated 02/08/2016: Ferrari dropped the official details on its new GTC4Lusso – a.k.a. the company’s new four-seater sports car. The car will be making its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, with sales to begin later in the year.
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