DON’T MIND IF I DO!
When we, at CP magazine, were invited by Ferrari Kuwait to participate in a Media Event at the beginning of November, my heart skipped a beat in excitement. An opportunity to drive one of the most famous marques of all-time? Yes please! Well, let’s be honest, who in their right mind would turn up their noses at such an offer?
And so, with an expectant anticipation as the day fast approached, you might easily imagine my worry when the heavens opened and heavy rain descended upon Kuwait, threatening to disrupt or, worse still, cancel this coveted event. Our luck held, however, and although some roads had been flooded the rain abated and, with plans to follow a route well-selected by the Ferrari team, we met as requested at their showroom where we were welcomed by an impressive line-up of vehicles, the likes of which fill oh-so-many people’s dreams and fantasies.
CP magazine had been selected to drive the new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso which, we are told, is Maranello’s latest interpretation of the four-seater concept. Undoubtable and, as expected, this new model looks stunning; a further refinement of the shooting brake coupé, reinterpreting the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape that gives it am almost fastback-like silhouette. It looks sporty, but we had yet to discover how the performance would measure up. The 6,262cc V12 power unit leapt to life as we headed out to our first stopping point and photo opportunity at Dar Hamad, where we could chat with the Ferrari team and mull over our first impressions whilst enjoying breakfast in the private Chi Lounge.
Although breakfast was a real treat, and very welcome, we were eager to return to the wonderfully comfortable and well-appointed interior of our test car and continue the journey. It’s clear that there has been a meticulous attention to design, and that carefully-executed detailing has produced a cabin that is a flawless triumph of sporty luxury. As a first for the GTC4Lusso, the new Dual Cockpit Architecture has been designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and front-seat passenger – this features both a Driver Cockpit and a Passenger Cockpit separated by a central divider on which are clustered all of the comfort-oriented controls common to both – and we found this unique feature particularly pleasing. The large, wraparound rear seats are also extremely comfortable and appreciated by those travelling in the rear.
Driving so effortlessly and luxuriously along the Corniche we could happily have continued onwards to the Sixth Ring Road and beyond, but on reaching the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel we made a u-turn and cruised back to the Movenpick where coffee at Starbucks was calling our names! Here, much the same as everywhere, the Ferraris attracted a lot attention from local admirers.
Our next stopping point would be for an enjoyable lunch at Le Notre, which enabled us to venture gently along the Gulf Road, basking in the cabin’s luxury whilst putting the comprehensive climate control, infotainment and sound system through its paces. Without exception, all exceeded our expectations.
Overall, the GTC4Lusso was a joy to drive and we would happily have not given it back, but nevertheless we headed back to the Ferrari showroom at the end of our adventure to return the car and thank our hosts for an excellent day.
Whilst this review is reflective of our team’s experience, there is so much more about the GTC4 Lusso that has not been expressed here – some great new technical and technological innovations; the SSC4 Side Slip Control System, and the Magnaride SCM-E damper control; all of which combine to make this car all-the-more impressive and worthy of your personal inspection!
But for me, for now, I’m heading back into my fantasy world. Don’t mind if I do.