Ferrari Gets Nerdy over the Infotainment System in the GTC4Lusso
Supercars aren't exactly known for their infotainment systems. In fact, a couple of decades ago, you'd be lucky to have a radio. Ferrari is no exception, but after taking a serious pounding from the critics for using Jeep navigation systems, they went back to the drawing board.
The GTC4Lusso is a replacement for the FF shooting brake. It not only looks different but also adds a layer of technological advancement. No, we are not talking about the all-wheel drive system again, but about the infotainment system.
The supercar features a 1.025-inch full HD touchscreen that's supposed to be as good as your favorite tablet. The system also features "a completely redesigned and simplified HMI in which all functions can be accessed both via the screen or 2 rollers and 4 buttons; a Split View function which allows different types of content to be viewed simultaneously; and sat nav with 3D maps."
We've never seen Ferrari talk so geeky before, have you? Supposedly, the screen underscores the Gran Tourer prowess of the car with features like intuitive navigation, Apple CarPlay, digital radio and music streaming. But we think they are just showing off.
Back in 2012, Ferrari hired former Apple exec Eddy Cue, whose work includes internet software and services. After four years, we are beginning to see the benefits, as more high-tech gadgets are finding their way into Maranello's supercars. Cue had previously worked for Apple for 25 years and oversaw products like iTunes, iBooks, iOS Maps, Siri, the iOS App Store and iCloud.
Just in case this is too strange for you guys, we've prepared a video about the new V12 engine fitted to this car. It produces 690 horsepower and 697 lb-ft of torque, enough to get the FF replacement from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds.
This spiritual successor to the 330 GT 2+2 also has the 4RM Evo system, which governs how the AWD system works with the smart suspension, traction control, torque vectoring and all that jazz. Who knows, maybe Ferrari will make drones and smartwatches soon.