The Lusso is a staggering piece of Italian lunacy and I love them for it. The fact that they not only decided to get some market share in the family sector but that they pulled it off. You’re bathed in sumptuous comfort with the best leather you’ve ever seen and felt. There’s enough leg room for a game of 5-a-side and everything you touch feels reassuringly expensive. You’re greeted with flawless stitching literally everywhere the leather feels supple yet taught. Anything that isn’t leather is either a piece of very expensive tech or carbon fibre. The Lusso reminds me of myself it’s got an enormous nose and it’s a lot better inside than you may first think.
This can only be described as the ultimate cockpit. I’ve always looked up to the Audi RS6/7 when I’ve thought or interior quality, but in all honesty they feel like cheap tat by comparison. Ferrari have a sense of occasion and you just know every time you see one or get to spend the day with one it’s going to be one of the best of your life. I was genuinely like an excited little boy hopping around and clutching at my bits when I first heard this Lusso thundering around the corner. It’s V12 symphony magnified by a Novitech exhaust system, reminiscent of a Cold War fighter jet or Concorde at takeoff. To me the Lusso manages to be classy and elegant without being ostentatious, it’s almost subtle and understated in Metallic Nero Daytona which I feel really adds to the appeal.
The Lusso has a mighty 6.3 litre V12 (v8’s were also available). The V12 revs to 8250rpm and develops 690hp which is good for a 0-60 sprint of 3.4 seconds from rest and tops out at 208mph. Not bad for what is a usable family supercar. You do pay for the performance and luxury though with most cars after a few options knocking on the door of £300,000, a panoramic glass roof was an £11,000 option this car had selected from new. It really brings light into the cabin and makes the lashings of carbon-fibre come alive.
I’ve always felt naturally aspirated engines needed more torque as their high revving nature doesn’t usually sustain the aggressive acceleration as the revs climb. This monstrous V12 put me firmly in my place. It pins you in your seat all the way to redline getting more aggressive as the speed continues to build. You’ll be restrained right the way past 170mph from rest, a truly thrilling and dramatic way to cover distance very very quickly. However there is 700nm of torque to hand so I shouldn’t be too surprised should I? Considering the earlier attempts at front engined cruisers like the 400, the 456 and even the 612 Scaglietti not being massively popular I really feel Ferrari have nailed the recipe with the Lusso. If you have £200,000 or so and you really don’t want another property I encourage you to go and buy one immediately and then lend it to me for the weekend. If you need me I’ll be in the Alps thanks.