Getting down and dirty in a once-white example of Ferrari’s everyday supercar
The idea of buying an ‘ordinary Ferrari’ is kind of odd. It’s a bit like buying an ‘ordinary’ five-carat diamond, or an ‘ordinary’ Sunseeker motor yacht. If you’re operating at that level of consumerism, the rest of us ordinary folk will wonder why you’d want to tone down the impact of your purchase. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. That’s what we want you to do.
Turns out, however, that there actually are Ferrari customers who want something usable on a day to day basis. Not boring – no Ferrari could ever be that – but something vaguely practical with four seats and more than just a suggestion of cargo space.
Step forward the rear-wheel drive Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, a softer turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 version of the mighty V12-powered all-wheel-drive GTC4 Lusso.
Reduced to a basic conceptual level, the GTC4 is no different to a BMW 1 Series, with van-style bodywork concealing a decent boot and even split-fold rear seats.
It differs from the BMW in a couple of important aspects. One, power: the Ferrari has over 600bhp, giving the potential of a 3.5-second 0-62mph time. And two, price. The basic GTC4 Lusso T is £200,000, a figure easily amended to £250,000 by a few strokes of a pen on the options list.
In the bleak midwinter, our resident rural hero Matt hops aboard this most ordinary of Ferraris to discover whether it continues to deliver on the extraordinary Ferrari promise.