Ferrari has unveiled the entry level variant of its four-seater supercar, the GTC4Lusso. The new variant which is called the GTC4Lusso T, has undergone some rather significant changes which could come as a shock to some Ferrari purists.
The biggest change in the entry level variant of the GTC4Lusso resides under the long front hood of the car.
Ferrari has dropped the naturally aspirated V12 engine in favour of the twin-turbo V8 from the California T.
While this may seem like sacrilege for most Ferrari purists, the change is necessary for Ferrari as a company to survive the draconian emission norms set in Europe.
However, before someone accuses Ferrari of pandering to Greenpeace and Co, here are a few figures of that smaller engine that should keep the Tifosi happy.
The prancing horse's engineers have tweaked the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V8 so that it now kicks out 602bhp and 760Nm of torque.
This leads us to the second change made in the new Ferrari. All that power and torque is sent to the rear wheels rather than all four wheels.
The switch back to rear-wheel-drive (which Ferrari are masters of) and the smaller engine means that the new GTC4Lusso T weighs 50 kilograms less than its V12 siblings.
Thios weight savings ensures that despite the drop in power, the new GTC4Lusso T is just 0.1 second slower to 100km/h from standstill at 3.5 seconds and its top speed is north of the magical 200m/h (322km/h) barrier.
Despite losing four-wheel-drive, the new GTCLusso T retains Ferrari's four-wheel steering which is paired with the latest version of Maranello's Slide-Slip control to ensure that owners can still blast their way through corners and not look like foolish.
Ferrari has not made any cosmetic changes inside or out to the new GTC4Lusso T, which is a good thing, as we thinks that the car looks quite perfect as it is right now.