Ferrari GTC4Lusso Japan premiere-8

Ferrari has given the GTC4Lusso its Far East debut, with the Japanese premiere of the facelifted and renamed FF taking place in Tokyo earlier today, two months after the car made its official debut in Geneva.

The ASEAN motoring press was also in attendance at the event, the company deciding to use the showcase to preview the car – shown in a left-hand drive configuration – to the primary markets in the region, despite the fact that it’ll be a while before it gets to our shores, or anywhere nearby for that matter.

Indication is that it’ll only be arriving in South-East Asian markets late this year or early next year at the earliest, and such is the stretch in timing that a price point for our market hasn’t even been volunteered.

Having already been detailed through its debut, no surprises in store in Japan, though there was homage to the past in the form of pristine-looking 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso and 330 GTC examples on display at the event, a nice touch in DNA referencing for the new car.

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To recap, the four-seater, all-wheel drive shooting brake continues on where the FF left off and continues to be aimed very much at drivers wanting a capable, comfortable grand tourer without compromising on the traditional Ferrari performance. More than a few changes from its predecessor, though many of the revisions are to found under the skin.

Externally, the car – which measures in at 4,922 mm long, 1,980 mm wide and 1,383 mm tall – features new headlights that borrow styling cues from those seen on the 488 GTB, a new front grille with integrated air intakes to improve the efficiency of the radiators as well as new air vents on the wing, which recall those seen on the 330 GTC. It rides on 20-inch wheels, with staggered 245/35 front and 295/35 rear profile rubbers.

At the back, alterations consist of a new roof-mounted rear spoiler, a new triple-fence diffuser and a fresh four-lamp tail light cluster (previously, two), the last very much a design nod to the past. In all, the remodelling has resulted in a more fluid and easier-on-the-eye form, especially when viewed in the metal.

Inside, as suggested by the ‘luxury’ suffix in its name, the rework is geared towards making the cabin of the four-seater plusher and more rewarding both to sight and touch, this accomplished through the use of new, more refined – and lighter – materials and trim.

There’s also a new infotainment system with a 10.25-inch screen as well as a new, smaller steering wheel, the rescaling being made possible through the utilisation of a smaller airbag. Changes to the layout of the controls have also been made, primarily to improve usability.

Mechanical changes include a slight bump in output from the 6.3 litre F140 V12 unit, courtesy of an upped 13.5:1 compression ratio, with 680 hp (or 690 cheval vapeur, as quoted for reasons of homogeneity) at 8,000 rpm and 697 Nm at 5,750 rpm on the new car making it 30 hp and 14 Nm more than in the previous outing.

Paired with a seven-speed F1 DCT transmission, performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 3.4 seconds and a 335 km/h top speed. Other numbers of note include a 1,920 kg kerb weight and 15 litres per 100 km rated fuel consumption.

The automaker’s 4RM quattro ruote motrici (four-wheel drive, in English) system has also been revised. It’s now known as the 4RM-S, and now comes with four-wheel steering to boot.

The latest iteration of the Side Slip Angle Control system, which helps provide greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners, also integrates control of the electronic differential (E-Diff) and the SCM-E active dampers into its workings.

Expect more details on the GTC4Lusso from a Malaysian perspective to emerge later in the year.