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Amalgam Launches Scale Models Of Every Ferrari 70th Anniversary Edition 15
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari California T, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Reports, Scale Models on 04 15th, 2017

At last year’s Paris Auto Show, Ferrari stunned many by releasing no less than 70 individual special-edition liveries to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
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Ferrari GTC4Lusso T Targets Young Customers In Japan 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, japan, new cars on 03 30th, 2017

Ferrari wants to get the attention of young Japanese buyers looking for a more practical supercar with their  new GTC4Lusso T.
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Kimi Raikkonen Shows Us The Right Way To Drive The Ferrari GTC4Lusso T 17
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in F1, Ferrari, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Ferrari-Videos, new cars, video on 03 17th, 2017

With the launch of the new 812 Superfast and the breathtaking LaFerrari Aperta, the GTC4Lusso T has been somewhat ignored these last few months.
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This Ferrari 812 Shooting Brake Would Make A Sweet GTC4 Replacement 19
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Renderings on 02 19th, 2017

Ferrari just introduced the new GTC4 Lusso less than a year ago. But it'll eventually need replacement. And if Maranello opts to follow a similar shooting-brake format, the resulting vehicle could look something like this.
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Ferrari Posts Record Sales And Earnings 3
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Ferrari LaFerrari, Reports on 02 3rd, 2017

Ferrari's positive growth continued in all core regions, throughout 2016, contributing to total annual sales of 8,014.
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Ferrari Celebrates 50 Years In Japan With New J50 Limited Edition Supercar 23
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, japan, new cars, Reports on 12 23rd, 2016

Ferrari's string of events in the Land of the Rising Sun this year included Racing Days, the Hokkaido Rally, Osaka Riverside Party and International Cavalcade.
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Ferrari’s Korea Winter Tour 2016 Makes For An Impressive Cavalcade 22
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Korea on 12 22nd, 2016

Ferrari is not only known for developing impressive machines in Maranello, but also for hosting various events throughout the globe for their customers.
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Ferrari GTC4Lusso T Debuts In China At Auto Guangzhou 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in china, Ferrari, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Guangzhou Auto Show, new cars on 12 21st, 2016

Ferrari have just launched the new GTC4Lusso T at the world's largest car market.
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Ferrari, McLaren And Tesla Models Embroiled In Takata Recalls 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, ferrari 458, Ferrari 488, Ferrari California, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Ferrari LaFerrari, mclaren, McLaren 570S, McLaren 650S, McLaren 675LT, McLaren P1, Recalls, Tesla, Tesla Model S on 12 16th, 2016

A number of McLaren, Ferrari and Tesla models have been embroiled in the ongoing Takata airbag inflator recalls.
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Ferrari Offering New Perspective With GTC4Lusso T Commercial 6
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in commercials, Ferrari, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Ferrari-Videos, video on 12 6th, 2016

In the GTC4Lusso T, Ferrari has the type of four-seater turbocharged V8 supercar that many could consider adequate as their daily driver, should they be able to afford one.
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Huge Demand For V8 Ferraris Pushes Waiting Lists Back To 2018 3
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Ferrari, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Reports on 12 3rd, 2016

Purists may whine all they want, but the truth is that customers are lining up to buy the latest range of Ferrari’s models with a turbocharged V8 faster than the factory can roll them out.
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A Female Reviewer’s Take On The Ferrari GTC4Lusso 26
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Ferrari-Videos, reviews, video on 11 26th, 2016

With its four-seat layout, revolutionary four-wheel drive system and a decent boot size, the GTC4Lusso is the closest thing to a daily driver Ferrari has ever made.
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Ferrari’s New GTC4Lusso Spotted Rolling Through Monaco 2
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ferrari, Ferrari GTC4Lusso on 11 2nd, 2016

Ever since Ferrari unveiled the 690 PS GTC4Lusso in Geneva earlier this year, we never really got the chance to see it cruising through what some would consider to be its natural habitat.
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Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T Hits Singapore On Post-Paris World Tour 19
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Singapore on 10 19th, 2016

Following its debut at the Paris Motor Show last month, Ferrari is bringing its new GTC4 Lusso T to locales around the world – and the latest stop was in Singapore.
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Five Turbocharged V8 Ferraris That Preceeded The GTC4 Lusso T 3
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari California T, Ferrari F40, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Spotlight on 10 3rd, 2016

Ferrari rolled out the GTC4 Lusso T just a few days ago, packing a smaller engine and two fewer driven wheels than the range topping shooting brake. But it’s not the first turbocharged Prancing Horse. Not by a long shot.

The House That Enzo Built introduced its first turbocharged engine back in 1981 for Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi to drive in the Formula 1 World Championship, winning two races before taking back-to-back titles, and in the three and a half decades since, it has developed a succession of turbo V8 road cars available to customers.

Following a 22-year gap in Ferrari’s turbo development, forced induction is now back in Maranello. And downsized though the engines may be, it’s back in a big way. Scroll on down for a brief history of Ferrari’s turbocharged V8 supercars.

208 GTB Turbo

Following the rollout of the 126CK with its turbocharged V6 the previous year, Ferrari extended its new forced-induction technology to the road with the introduction of the 208 GTB and GTS Turbo in 1982. The 208 was based on the 308 launched in 1975, which in turn replaced the six-cylinder Dino 246, and kicked off a string of mid-engined, eight-cylinder models that continues today with the 488. When local taxes heavily penalized cars with engines displacing more than two liters, Ferrari introduced the 208 version in 1980 with a downsized V8 that came in below the cap, but only produced 153 horsepower. With a single turbocharger, the factory increased output to 217, exceeding the cavallino-count of all previous versions save for the final Quattrovalvole version that debuted the same year.

When the 308 range was replaced by the updated 328 (pictured) at the end of ’85, a new GTB Turbo and targa-topped GTS Turbo were offered, employing the same engine to produce 251 hp, coming within spitting distance of the naturally aspirated 3.2-liter V8 and its 270 hp.

288 GTO

More impressive (and more fondly remembered) was the 288 GTO. Widely regarded as the first of Ferrari’s flagship supercars, the 288 was also based on the 308, but this time it applied two turbochargers (not just one) and to the larger 2.9-liter V8 engine. This time output rose to a massive 400 hp, helping the GTO sprint to 60 in five seconds flat. A later Evoluzione version was said to produce as much as 600 hp – unheard of at the time. Maranello developed and homologated the 288 to compete under the FIA’s Group B regulations, but the class was unfortunately eliminated before the GTO ever got to compete.


As disappointed as they must have been in Maranello at the Group B’s demise, Ferrari used the 288 program as a starting point for what could be described as the most iconic of Ferrari supercars of all time: the legendary F40. It wore fresh bodywork fashioned from carbon, Kevlar, and aluminum, punctured by myriad NACA ducts and capped by that signature handlebar rear wing. But underneath was the same basic engine as the GTO, kicking out 471 hp – more than twice what the 208 GTB Turbo offered. Embraced by even the most ardent advocates of analog performance in a digital age, the twin-turbocharged F40 was ultimately succeeded by the naturally aspirated, twelve-cylinder F50.

California T

It would take 22 years for Ferrari to come out with another turbocharged model after the discontinuation of the F40 in 1992 until the launch of the California T in 2014, taking the very different form of a cabriolet with a folding hardtop. Replacing the California and its 4.3-liter atmospheric V8, the California T packed a slightly smaller unit displacing 3.9 liters, but still (like the F40) with eight cylinders and a pair of turbochargers. As a result, output increased significantly from 453 hp to 552 and even more impressively from 358 lb-ft of torque to 557. The six-speed manual option disappeared in the process, offering only the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that debuted on the California four years prior.

488 GTB

Evidently admiring its own work on the California T, Ferrari flipped the engine around and placed it in a revised version of the 458 Italia that it dubbed the 488 GTB. While it was at it, the engineers in Maranello also increased output to 661 hp and 561 lb-ft, eclipsing the California T and the F40 that was the last mid-engined turbocharged Ferrari before it. (With the arrival of the Spider version, the 488 became the first turbo Ferrari to offer multiple bodystyles since the GTB/GTS Turbo.) The result was a Fiorano lap time of 1:23 flat, making this the fastest eight-cylinder Ferrari ever to lap the company’s on-site test track, coming in behind only the twelve-cylinder F12 Berlinetta, F12 TDF and LaFerrari.

GTC4 Lusso T

Where the California T and 488 replaced (relatively) larger V8s with smaller turbocharged ones, the GTC4 Lusso T has stripped away far more. In its latest form, Maranello’s largest model does away with the top version’s innovative all-wheel drive system, drops four cylinders and gives up 2.4 liters of displacement – enough to power a small family car – and seeks to replace them with a pair of turbochargers. That same award-winning 3.9-liter V8 here produces 602 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, splitting the difference between the versions found in the California T and 488, giving up just 79 hp compared to the twelve-cylinder GTC4 Lusso, but gaining 47 lb-ft of torque to compensate.

As a result, it’s said to lose just 0.1 seconds off the V12 model’s 0-60 time, which is as solid a case for downsizing and turbocharging as we’ve ever seen. Those more enamored of unadultered V12 power, though, will take solace in knowing that the F12 and its successors are slated to stick with twelve naturally aspirated cylinders for as long as Ferrari can hold on.