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GTC4Lusso

GTC4Lusso

If you’re planning a trip to the snow this winter, there’s one Ferrari you wouldn’t be forced to leave behind.

The GTC4Lusso has arrived at Ferrari Maserati Sydney as the luxuriously practical and broadly capable four-seater supercar that’s equipped to take its owners to the Snowy Mountains or Victorian Alps like no other Prancing Horse.

Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso continues the all-wheel-drive, shooting brake coupe theme introduced by the FF, and features a name inspired by the 330 GTC and 250 GT Berlinetta lusso.

Its fastback-style silhouette, low and wide grille, and overall elegance also reference visual aspects of those 1960s models.

Ferrari Design has given the GTC4Lusso a powerful stance front and rear, and the chiselled flanks blend into muscular wheel-arches.

The innovative 4RM four-wheel-drive system from the FF evolves for the GTC4Lusso – now delivering and distributing torque to the front axle at a faster rate.

Complemented by new rear-wheel steering that aids agility, it creates the Ferrari-patented 4RM-S four-wheel-drive, four-wheel-steering system that ensures the GTC4Lusso excels in all conditions.  The versatile drivetrain experience is completed by one of the brand’s famous normally aspirated V12 engines, which produces its peak power at high revs (8000rpm) yet also provides low-rev response courtesy of 80 per cent of the 597Nm maximum torque being available from just 1750rpm.

Naturally, there’s a glorious soundtrack to accompany the GTC4Lusso’s acceleration, which can reach 100km/h from rest in just 3.4 seconds and culminates in a maximum velocity of 335km/h.  In keeping with a model that marries sportiness with grand touring, the V12’s note can be either prominent or subtle.

The Magnaride SCM-E adaptive dampers also provide both compliant comfort and optimum body control.  Fourth-generation Side Slip Control (SSC4) is an evolution of Ferrari’s impressive vehicle dynamics system that monitors the GTC4 Lusso’s yaw, pitch and roll via onboard sensors to tailor the car’s dynamic responses to suit the prevailing vehicle behaviour and estimated surface grip.

Inside, a new Dual Cockpit design creates a shared driving experience, and there are improved ergonomics for both driver and front passenger.

For the latest Ferrari to incorporate the word ‘lusso’ – Italian for luxury – there is, of course, beautiful craftsmanship throughout the four-seat cabin.

Get your skis on and contact Ferrari Maserati Sydney to book an appointment for your Ferrari GTC4Lusso experience.


Track Day

Ferrari Sydney Pista Esperienza

There’s nothing like unleashing a Ferrari on a track so you can truly appreciate – and exploit – the extent of its abilities.

And that was the sensation for a group of lucky owners at Ferrari Sydney’s recent Pista Esperienza track day.

The event gave the owners access to the famous Sydney Motorsport Park, formerly Eastern Creek, and coaching from highly rated racing drivers – including chief driving instructor Renato Loberto.

Renato knows a thing or two about driving Ferraris fast, having competed in multiple series and events – including outings in the 2015 and 2016 Bathurst 12 Hours, where he helped pilot a 458 GT3 to a class podium in the former year.

Renato and his team used SMP’s skidpan to demonstrate the effects of the various vehicle settings available to owners, some of whom were enjoying the first official opportunity to drive the latest twin-turbo V8 Ferraris – the 488 GTB and Spider twins, and the California.

The skidpan was also an ideal place to practice their car control at a lower speed before aiming to translate it into faster, safer laps of the track.

The day was about owners extracting more from their Ferraris and themselves rather than trying to set pole position, though the racing simulator in the garage between track stints did provide some fun competition – as well as some practice for the 11 turns of the Sydney Motorsport Park’s 3.93km circuit.

“Sydney Motorsport Park is a fantastic circuit, with lots of history in motorsport – you’ve had 500cc MotoGP here in the past, A1 GP [nations cup-style racing] … so the opportunity to come here with Ferrari guests in their own cars and drive the same track they see on TV is an awesome experience,” said Loberto.

Ferrari Sydney’s next track day event is in November. Just like a qualifying session, you’ll need to be quick to secure your slot on the grid.


Levante

Maserati Levante - Private Preview

It has been labelled the “Godfather of luxury SUVs”, the Maserati Levante is the first SUV to wear the legendary Trident badge.

It has redefined the luxury SUV Market with its sleek, coupe-style silhouette of the Levante, which is appropriately named after a Mediterranean wind and shaped with class-leading aerodynamics.

The Maserati of SUVs naturally embraces exclusivity, refinement and elegance, and guests were able to interact with the spacious interior that is embellished with high-grade natural materials, premium finishes, and stylish details such as handcrafted contrast stitching.

A wealth of personalisation options includes carbon fibre trim, stunning audio quality from Bower & Wilkins, and even a cabin further enriched by world-leading fashion designer Ermenegildo Zegna with flourishes such as super-fine leathers and silk inserts.

The Levante is beautiful on the move, too.

A sophisticated all-wheel-drive system is predominantly rear-drive in normal or sporty driving, though can send 50 per cent of the engine’s torque to the front axle to give the Levante genuine off-road capability never before offered on a Maserati.

Maserati’s signature Skyhook adjustable air suspension is also standard, providing five different ride heights up to a maximum eight centimetres for different terrain. And four driving modes ensure the Levante can either prioritise ultimate comfort or produce heightened sportiness depending on the driver’s mood.

Torque vectoring also contributes to this Maserati’s dynamic qualities.

A twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 will power all three variants of the Levante that will be offered in Australia. The engine produces 202kW and 600Nm to deliver powerfully refined and effortless performance – with the ability to both tow your boat and reach a top speed of 230km/h.

Beyond the first-level Levante, a Luxury variant furnishes the interior with a panoramic sunroof, premium leather, electrically adjustable steering column, and a Harman Kardon audio system. 

The Sport variant adds extras including additional seat bolstering, paddleshift levers, rear spoiler and 21-inch alloy wheels.

The Levante is now available for test drives. Be sure to book your appointment for a test-drive of the Maserati of SUVs.
 


Ferrari California T

Ferrari California T Handling Speciale

The Ferrari California T Handling Speciale has arrived at Ferrari Maserati Sydney for drivers seeking a high-performance GT not just perfect for the open road but also twisting roads.

The new Handling Speciale (HS) option takes the California T’s handling to an even sportier level that led The Sydney Morning Herald to compare its dynamics with Ferrari’s focused V8 sports car, the 488 GTB.

“…The body barely cants on corners so any adjustment to the steering acts purely on directional change instead of being soaked-up in body roll. With the HS-tuned suspension in play, this allegedly softer Ferrari seems every bit as agile,” wrote the newspaper’s Drive section.
Handling Speciale enhancements include faster-responding settings for the magnetorheological dampers, and stiffer springs front (by 16%) and rear (by 19%). 

Faster shifts are also produced in Sport mode by the recalibrated seven-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission, whether in auto mode or when the driver is using the paddleshift levers.

The F1-trac traction control system is also revised to deliver improved acceleration either off the line or out of corners.
A new exhaust system also ensures there’s a progressively richer sound from your California T as it accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds.

And of course California T drivers and passengers can savour the sound of the 412kW bi-turbo V8 even more by lowering the retractable metal roof.

Visually marking the California T Handling special is a new, matte Grigio Ferro Met front grille with matching rear diffuser plus matte-black tailpipes.

A special HS plaque inside the cockpit serves as a reminder to drivers that they’re in the sportiest version of the California T.
CarAdvice.com.au had a simple conclusion to its review after driving the car during its international launch.
“The HS option box should be the first one you tick if you’re in the market for the Ferrari California T.”

Contact Ferrari Maserati Sydney to book an appointment for your Ferrari California T Handling Speciale experience.
 


Levante

Maserati Levante

It has been labelled the “Godfather of luxury SUVs”, and nearly 200 Australian guests recently attended the local debut of the Maserati Levante that is an automotive offering too good to refuse.

The first SUV to wear the legendary Trident badge was displayed at Ferrari Maserati Sydney for exclusive Private Previews.

Guests were among the first in Australia to admire first-hand the sleek, coupe-style silhouette of the Levante, which is appropriately named after a Mediterranean wind and shaped with class-leading aerodynamics.

The Maserati of SUVs naturally embraces exclusivity, refinement and elegance, and guests were able to interact with the spacious interior that is embellished with high-grade natural materials, premium finishes, and stylish details such as handcrafted contrast stitching.

A wealth of personalisation options includes carbon fibre trim, stunning audio quality from Bower & Wilkins, and even a cabin further enriched by world-leading fashion designer Ermenegildo Zegna with flourishes such as super-fine leathers and silk inserts.

The Levante is beautiful on the move, too.

A sophisticated all-wheel-drive system is predominantly rear-drive in normal or sporty driving, though can send 50 per cent of the engine’s torque to the front axle to give the Levante genuine off-road capability never before offered on a Maserati.

Maserati’s signature Skyhook adjustable air suspension is also standard, providing five different ride heights up to a maximum eight centimetres for different terrain. And four driving modes ensure the Levante can either prioritise ultimate comfort or produce heightened sportiness depending on the driver’s mood.

Torque vectoring also contributes to this Maserati’s dynamic qualities.

A twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 will power all three variants of the Levante that will be offered in Australia. The engine produces 202kW and 600Nm to deliver powerfully refined and effortless performance – with the ability to both tow your boat and reach a top speed of 230km/h.

And on the subject of active lifestyles, a range of beautifully designed accessories includes roof boxes, carriers for bikes and skis/snowboards, and, fittingly for Australia, a roof-mounted surfboard carrier.

Beyond the first-level Levante, a Luxury variant furnishes the interior with a panoramic sunroof, premium leather, electrically adjustable steering column, and a Harman Kardon audio system. 

The Sport variant adds extras including additional seat bolstering, paddleshift levers, rear spoiler and 21-inch alloy wheels.

The Levante arrives in showrooms in late 2016. Be sure to book your appointment for a test-drive of the Maserati of SUVs.