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Ferrari GTC4Lusso vs. Porsche Panamera Turbo

Produced from 2011 to 2015, the Ferrari FF was the Italian automobile company’s response to the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the Audi RS7. Virtually unchanged for those five years, Ferrari decided that it was time to update its luxury sports car. Debuted at the Geneva Show in February 2016, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is the new face of the modern luxury car.

While the newly updated Porsche Panamera Turbo offers a sleeker shape and more adaptive driving options than its predecessor, the Turbo is being given a run for its money by the impressive styling and functionality of the GTC4Lusso.

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo

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The Porsche Panamera’s real claim to fame is in its unusual body style as the first of its type of luxury vehicle to utilize the hatchback. However, the Panamera stands out as more spacious and more luxurious than many of its competitors.

Slightly bigger and more powerful than last year’s model, the 2017 Panamera performs better and definitely looks better. Formerly derided for its somewhat dumpy back end, the 2017 model features a lowered roofline and sleek side windows that show off the slimmer body shape. Although the actual dimensions indicate that the overall size of the Panamera has increased this year, the car looks smaller and sleeker thanks to this shape redesign.

However, it is not just the body shape that has been updated. From the car’s new platform to its new engine and new technologies, much of the Panamera has been redesigned and rebuilt. The Panamera features two different engine options available in the United States, the 4S and the Turbo. With its 550-horsepower V-8 engine, the Panamera Turbo is a closer competitor to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. These engines both have two turbochargers and direct-injection mounting, and the Turbo features a cylinder deactivation for the first time in a Porsche engine.

The Panamera Turbo is an all-wheel drive vehicle featuring the brand-new Porsche eight-speed PDK transmission. The newly created seventh and eighth gears are intended to improve the overall fuel economy of the Panamera.

With acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, the Panamera Turbo is fast. However, buyers can add an optional Sport package for an additional $6,000 that will shave a few extra tenths off that time. This optional package also includes rear-wheel steering.

Like Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control feature, Porsche has developed its own 4D Chassis Control to analyze the trajectory of the car and to ensure safety and optimal stability, agility and response. Most drivers are completely unaware of this control system, driving quickly and safely down the road.

The air spring system of the Panamera Turbo helps absorb most of the bumps and shocks along the road, even at speeds of over 130 miles per hour. However, sudden accelerations do cause some jerking and aggressive movements that cannot be tempered by the air spring system.

Inside, the Panamera Turbo features high-resolution digital displays and touch-buttons for ease of use. A pair of 7-inch displays shows most of the driving instruments and vehicle instrument needed during a drive, but a 12.3-inch touchscreen handles the main controls for web-based apps and the Wi-Fi. The simple lines of the interior design, paired with the clean surfaces, keep the appearance of the Panamera sleek and comfortable.

The new 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo fixes many of the flaws in the previous models, but it still seems to separate its sports features from its luxury ones, making the vehicle feel a little disjointed at times.

 

2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

 

ferrari_gtc4lusso_t_1With the shift from the FF to the GTC4Lusso comes a more aerodynamic body with its four-wheel drive. Many of the key features that made the FF so well received are still part of the GTC4Lusso, but the vehicle has been given a facelift to be sleeker and more attractive.

One major improvement that the GTC4Lusso does feature is the F12tdf’s four-wheel steering. Whereas the old FF could sometimes be cumbersome in its four-wheel drive, especially in the snow, the new GTC4Lusso features this exceptional steering, called 4RM-S, under the floor to give the new Ferrari much more speed and drivability. Working in tandem with Slip Side Control 4.0, this new steering method provides more safety along with the power. Drivers feel in control over all types of surfaces and road shapes, guiding performance and providing security.

 

This steering is necessary for the record-breaking engine inside the GTC4Lusso. The weight-to-power ratio and the compression ratio for the GTC4Lusso both set new records for this type of vehicle, providing smooth and consistent power throughout each drive.

Cosmetic changes include a sleeker frame, reducing drag and making the vehicle even faster. Looking more sculpted and rounder, the GTC4Lusso is constructed with a new type of sheet metal. The back roofline is lower, and it features a tapered shape that is aerodynamic while still providing ample passenger space in the backseat.

Similarly, the rear spoiler has been tailored for a more aerodynamic design. The larger front grill allows the powerful engine to breath better, especially at such high speeds, but the GTC4Lusso is still a luxury vehicle that can seat a family of four.

In fact, fine leather covers nearly every interior surface, creating the luxurious feeling that buyers of this type of vehicle want. The word “lusso” literally means “luxury” in Italian, and Ferrari took that term to heart. The automobile giant created a dual cockpit space inside the GTC4Lusso, allowing both the driver and the passenger to share the driving experience through display options and many different interior functions.

A smaller steering wheel and the 10.25-inch HD touchscreen only add to the comfort and functionality of this car that is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This style of touchscreen, dubbed the new infotainment platform, gives more controls to the driver and passengers than ever before.

The GTC4Lusso was designed and manufactured with all types of drivers in mind. Ferrari envisioned anyone driving this vehicle any time and in any type of conditions. Whether zipping down an empty summer highway or curving around snow-covered mountains, the GTC4Lusso brings a versatility that the old FF was lacking in its control and maneuverability.

Even while providing these driving capabilities, the GTC4Lusso does not scrimp on luxury styling. Aimed at a younger client base that wants both comfort and easy driving, the vehicle hopes to provide sublime elegance in the world of high-performing sports cars. Unlike the overall opinion of the FF, the GTC4Lusso is a car to be desired.

Comparison at a Glance

 

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo

 

2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

 

MSRP

 

$141,950

 

$300,000

 

Origin

 

Germany

 

Italy

 

Seating capacity

 

4

 

4

 

Engine

 

V-8

 

V-12

 

Horsepower

 

550

 

681

 

Transmission

 

8-speed PDK automatic

 

7-speed twin-clutch automatic

 

Torque

 

568

 

514

 

Length

 

198.8 in

 

193.8 in

 

Width

 

76.3 in

 

78.0 in

 

Height

 

56.0 in

 

54.4 in

 

Curb weight

 

4398 lb

 

4232 lb

 

City miles per gallon

 

15 mpg

 

11 mpg

 

Highway miles per gallon

 

24 mpg

 

17 mpg

 

Top speed

 

190 mph

 

208 mph

 

0-60 mph

 

3.6 sec

 

3.4 sec

 

Passenger volume

 

108 cubic feet

 

70 cubic feet

 

Luggage volume

 

16 cubic feet

 

7 cubic feet

 

Conclusion

The 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso is an innovative sports luxury car that has reinvented and improved the former FF design. With its sleek styling and impressive features, it is a car that should be desired and enjoyed. For those drivers with a smaller budget, the Porsche Panamera Turbo is a great sports car. However, it does lack much of the power and many of the shining features of the GTC4Lusso.

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