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Ferrari GTC4 Lusso & Ducati xDiavel: Grand Touring Exotica

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso & Ducati xDiavel: Grand Touring Exotica

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Now, as our readers know, we have driven a Ferrari before. A 458 Spider at that, gem of a car and heck of a performer. But it was not like this one. Taking a Ferrari for a long roadtrip requires one to choose the right Ferrari no matter how salivating the prospect of driving any Ferrari is. But does Ferrari have something in their arsenal for that? They sure do. The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso which came in as a replacement for the fantastic V12 grand-tourer, the Ferrari FF. 

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso and Ducati xDiavel in Dubai

#xBhp Driver Vs Rider Minisode :: Ferrari #GTC4 Lusso and Ducati #xDiavel in Dubai! A short account styled by JACK & JONES, Shot by OnePlus 6T. Rider protection by Axor Helmets India and Zeus Motorcycle Gear.

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What would you call a Ferrari with a massive V12 engine, ridiculous amount of power and torque with more than ample boot space and a panoramic roof? Bliss, or to keep it simple, GTC4 Lusso. It is almost everything one can ask for whether one wants to sit in the back and stop and smell the proverbial roses, or take over the wheel and let the roses hear the sound of a 1920 Kg (Wet) beast accelerate from 0-100 in 3.4s! Talking about acceleration and brutish-ness, how can we forget the GTC4 Lusso’s companion, another fellow Italian but 2 wheels down on the Ferrari. After all, the Ducati xDiavel can do the same thing as the GTC4 Lusso to the poor roses.

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso: 6262cc V12 | 680 Bhp | 697 Nm | 1920 Kg (Kerb)Ducati xDiavel: 1262cc Testastretta DVT | 152 Bhp | 126 Nm | 247 Kg (Kerb)

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Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

Now our second Ferrari was not red, but was just as hot as the other one. Although, it differed with the Portofino on many fronts, performance was one where it didn’t because hey, it ain’t a Ferrari if it doesn’t force all your bodily fluids rearwards with sheer acceleration. So, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso was unveiled in 2016 as a successor to the Ferrari FF. In order to know the successor, one’s got to know about the predecessor. So, the Ferrari FF was a four-seater and four-wheel drive (Ferrari’s first production model to have it) grand tourer. The body type used for this model is referred to as a ‘shooting brake’ which in layman terms, is a sporty hatchback/ estate like body with two doors. It featured a massive 6.3L V12 which made around 650 Bhp of power and 683 Nm of torque propelling the car from 0-100 kmph in 3.7s towards a top speed in excess of 330 kmph.

Because of a fantastic style advice from Jack n Jones prior to this, when it was time to drive the GTC4, we knew where to look. For the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, Jack n Jones provided us with a cool laidback casual look with classic denim jeans, a funky printed T-shirt and a classy leather Jacket. All’s well when you’re dressed well

The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso builds on the same platform powered by a 6262cc, 65° V12 which now makes 679 Bhp of power and 697 Nm of torque. Surely an improvement over the FF, the top speed is roughly the same but the acceleration has been improved as it now does the 0-100 kmph sprint in 3.4s. The improved acceleration is the result of reduced kerb weight which now sits at 1920 Kg. The transmission is a dual-clutch, 7-speed unit. The 4-wheel drive system has been retained but there’s another version of the GTC4, called the GTC4 Lusso T which comes sans the 4-wheel drive. Moreover, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso might seem like a tad bit on the heavier side but it has an ace up its sleeve that offers it the handling sharpness that can rival the same of your usual run-of-the-mill sports cars. And it is, the four-wheel steering. Considering the heft that the car carries, this feature makes it very agile and willing should one wish to have some fun in the twisties.

Apart from the sporty features that can be talked about all day, it’s the tourer aspect of the car which surprises one even more. 50:50 split fold rear seats, 800-litres of boot space and an optional panoramic glass roof make it one of the best sporty grand-tourers out there. Trust us when we say that sitting at the back of the car is an experience in and of itself, if you can give up the steering wheel that is which is somewhat of a tall task.

The timepiece for this round had to have spunk in order to go with the casuals and the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. Bizotico had something special for us, literally. And thus, the SCUDERIA FERRARI SPECIALE, which is an India exclusive special edition.

Now driving this car is a joy in the sense of its way of delivering power. And please don’t get me wrong, it’s still a 679 Bhp making V12 so it is still fast, but smoothly fast. The exhaust note is something different from the Portofino. And the reason is not just the configuration of the engine, it’s the fact that the GTC4 Lusso’s engine is naturally aspirated. So it has that zing to it as it revs to the moon. Considering the fact that this car is a grand-tourer and a rather hefty one, damn can it move…

Its handling comes close to supercars on the roads while being plush enough to make it a comfy ride inside the cabin. In respect to all that, the GTC4 Lusso is a very forgiving car to drive. Though, it does need some skill simply because it’s that powerful, it’s not even close to cars that want you to have the reflexes of an F1 driver to extract the maximum out of it. That said, it is still very hard to fathom that this car has a top speed of over 330 km/h! Take out that physics book that is gathering dust somewhere, look up inertia, calculate it for a car that weighs 1920 Kg moving at those speeds and shout with us, “What in the good god’s name…?” With that, let’s also take a moment to pity those brakes even though they don’t want you to. They are more than adequate.

So, after driving the Portofino, one tends to feel the tangible dilution in the performance department. Given a little time, it proves that it is much more than what meets the eye and it’s a pure-blood Ferrari in every sense of the word. Next car, Ferrari 812 Superfast? Maybe.

While we were taking photos in the desert, we spotted a group of supercars coming from the opposite side!

We decided to give hot pursuit and we caught up with them soon after. And as you can see, that escalated quickly!

Ducati xDiavel

Since we had a two-wheeler companion for the Ferrari Portofino, we couldn’t just leave the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso alone. And since the GTC4 Lusso is a bulky tourer, we needed something to match it. And we did not have to look any further than Ducati for this purpose as well. The Ducati xDiavel was our motorcycle of choice. A brawny cruiser with bucket-loads of power and serving a thick shake of torque, the xDiavel turned out to be a perfect companion for the GTC4 Lusso. It is a bit different from the regular Diavel as it is more cruiser-ish than the already quite comfortable Diavel. But with comfort close to a full blown cruiser in addition to handling mannerisms like no cruiser, the xDiavel is a hoot to ride and the company of a Ferrari GTC4 Lusso just makes it better.

A good helmet to go with the Ducati xDiavel, we had to look no further than the AXOR APEX GRID. Safe, cool, aerodynamically efficient and looks to match the xDiavel, this helmet from Axor was more than ready to dance to the tunes of the Ducati xDiavel.

Ducati has usually been associated with motorcycles that are fast, sharp and downright edgy. The Panigale (previous ones) and Hypermotard being the prime examples. But when Ducati decided to build a cruiser, well, it had to be a Ducati too. The result, Diavel. It was never referred to a cruiser though because the Diavel doesn’t and agree shouts, “I am no cruiser.” And then came the xDiavel which creeps a little closer to the cruiser form. Its long, its low and the handlebars are wide and reach rearward. The saddle too is very comfortable and we don’t say that just because it is a Ducati. We say that because it is comfortable even when considered alongside regular motorcycles.

The engine on this bad boy is a twin-cylinder Ducati Testastretta DVT. It displaces 1262cc and makes 152 Bhp of power and 126 Nm of torque. Now, on paper the numbers are respectable, in the real world, twist the throttle and the torrent of torque propels this 247 kg (Wet) beast like bats outta hell. And this really happens. Suddenly the perception prone mind, which went into relax mode looking and the long and low stance, gets into a frenzy of excitement and disbelief. But that isn’t all of it because what’s a racket without the sound of a racket. The xDiavel does not disappoint on that front either because the twin slash cut exhausts do not only look insane, they sound that way too. Character-wise it does not comply with the set of rules for being a cruiser, it beats them to their knees and bends them to its will. It isn’t called an x’Diavel’ for nothing now.

And it’s not just the engine either. The handling of this motorcycle, despite the geometry and ergonomics, is surprisingly good. The tubular steel trellis frame, 50 mm USD forks and the pre-load adjustable shock at the rear overcome the lethargy that should be caused by the 1615 mm wheelbase and the 240/45 rear tyre to an extent that one forgets that it is a cruiser by and large and end up scraping the footpegs! This bike handles that well.

Add to the fray electronics like Riding Modes, DTC (Ducati Traction Control), Cornering ABS by Bosch controlled by the backlit switches and what not, the xDiavel is a heck of a package and well, you MUST ride one to believe that the hype is very real!

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