Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T (Source: Ferrari)

World Debut: The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T

(Bloomberg) -- On Thursday, Ferrari announced the details of its new hatchback, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T.

The automaker will officially introduce the car, which is sort of a refined version of its $300,000 V12 FF, next month at the Paris Motor Show. It’s the first four-seat Ferrari in history to come with a V8 engine.

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The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is the first four-seat Ferrari in history to come with a V8 600-plus horsepower engine. 

Executives from the 77-year-old marque described the Lusso T as a sporty shooting-brake-style (aka hatchback) car ideal for those seeking high performance and interior practicality. They say the Lusso T will especially help reach younger buyers who want to feel comfortable driving their sports cars every day but don't want to sacrifice an aggressive, tactile driving experience in the process. 

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The shooting-brake coupe has two doors and four seats. 

Indeed, the GTC4 Lusso has a slightly lower and sportier stance than the FF, with increased aerodynamics and sharper edges along its body, but it also has drastically increased trunk space and two extra seats in the rear. Its 3.9-liter V8 engine comes turbocharged to just over 600hp, with a maximum power of 560 pound-feet of torque. It has been modified over its predecessor with enhanced variable boost management and throttle response, which minimize turbo lag. It also has rear-wheel-only drive (compared with the four-wheel-drive FF), four-wheel steering, and a lighter overall weight with increased weight bias toward the rear end of the car. This enables tighter, more precise handling and steering.

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The new Lusso comes with rear-wheel drive, which makes it lighter and more volatile to command than the four-wheel-drive FF.

Inside, the car remains much the same, with the four-seat cabin dominated by the 10.25-inch HD touchscreen at the center console. The two-door coupe has been tuned so that the sound of the engine, especially inside the car, is diminished at low speeds. 

Ferrari hasn’t released more specifics about performance or upgrades, but the initial takeaway on this news is that although this GTC4 Lusso T has slightly less power than the 651hp FF, it’ll be lighter and feel a bit more volatile (read: fun) to drive.

Pricing will be announced later this year.

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Ferrar's public introduction of the GTC4Lusso will come next month at the Paris Motor Show.

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